Now Be Thankful
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|"Now Be Thankful"|
|Single by Fairport Convention|
|B-side||"Sir B. McKenzie's Daughter's Lament for the 77th Mounted Lancers Retreat from the Straits of Loch Knombe, in the Year of Our Lord 1727, on the Occasion of the Announcement of Her Marriage to the Laird of Kinleakie"|
|Format||7" 45 rpm|
|Recorded||22 July 1970 at Sound Techniques, London|
|Label||Island Records WIP 6089|
|Writer(s)||Dave Swarbrick / Richard Thompson|
|Producer(s)||Joe Boyd, Witchseason Productions|
|Fairport Convention singles chronology|
- When the stone is grown too cold to kneel
- In crystal waters I'll be bound
- Cold as stone, weary to the sounds upon the wheel
- Now be thankful for good things below
- Now be thankful to your maker
- For the rose, the red rose blooms for all to know
- When the fire is grown too fierce to breathe
- In burning irons I'll be bound
- Fierce as fire, weary to the sound upon the wheel
Though apparently cheerful on the surface, the lyrics can also be taken as referring to the barbarity of life in Medieval times.
The B-side "Sir B. McKenzie's Daughter's Lament For The 77th Mounted Lancers Retreat From The Straits Of Loch Knombe, In The Year Of Our Lord 1727, On The Occasion Of The Announcement Of Her Marriage To The Laird Of Kinleakie" is actually a medley of three songs: "Biff, Bang, Crash" (Trad.), "The Kilfenora" (Trad.) and "Boston Tea Party" (by Dave Swarbrick).
The title referred to the strip cartoon Barry McKenzie, written by Barry Humphries, which Fairport Convention enjoyed in the satirical magazine Private Eye. The song's title was an attempt to get into the Guinness Book of World Records. Frequently cited to be the longest song title ever, it was later beaten by Test Dept's "Long Live British Democracy Which Flourishes and Is Constantly Perfected Under the Immaculate Guidance of the Great, Honourable, Generous and Correct Margaret Hilda Thatcher. She Is the Blue Sky in the Hearts of All Nations. Our People Pay Homage and Bow in Deep Respect and Gratitude to Her. The Milk of Human Kindness".
- Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. p. 332. ISBN 1-84195-017-3.
- Cf. Greil Marcus in The Village Voice: "Thompson, however, was straight out of the Plague years ... laughing at the stupidity of man's faith, cursing God with his next breath," quoted by Patrick Humphries in Meet on the Ledge (Eel Pie Publishing, London, 1982), p.62
- Humphries, 1996, p.106
- Meet on the Ledge, Patrick Humphries (Eel Pie Publishing, London, 1982), p.61