Vagabond Ways

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Vagabond Ways
Studio album by Marianne Faithfull
Released 14 April 1999
Recorded July 1998
Studio Teatro Studios, Oxnard, California
Genre Rock
Label Instinct Records/EMI
Producer Daniel Lanois, Mark Howard
Marianne Faithfull chronology
The Seven Deadly Sins
(1998)The Seven Deadly Sins1998
Vagabond Ways
Kissin Time
(2002)Kissin Time2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [2]

Vagabond Ways is a rock album by Marianne Faithfull. This is her first album of original material since A Secret Life (1994). This work, produced by Daniel Lanois and Mark Howard, is a balladry-like extension of her then neo-cabaret persona, interpreting songs by herself and legendary songwriters of her generation, like Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Leonard Cohen and the songwriting duo Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

"Incarceration of a Flower Child" was written by Roger Waters in 1968, and never recorded by Pink Floyd. The lyrics seem to be about the downfall of Syd Barrett, but Waters has never confirmed this.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Vagabond Ways" (Marianne Faithfull, David Courts) – 3:22
  2. "Incarceration of a Flower Child" (Roger Waters) – 5:34
  3. "File It Under Fun from the Past" (Marianne Faithfull, Barry Reynolds) – 4:50
  4. "Electra" (Marianne Faithfull, Barry Reynolds, Frank McGuinness) – 3:24
  5. "Wilder Shores of Love" (Marianne Faithfull, Barry Reynolds, Guy Pratt) – 5:40
  6. "Marathon Kiss" (Daniel Lanois) – 4:00
  7. "For Wanting You" (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 3:57
  8. "Great Expectations" (Marianne Faithfull, Daniel Lanois) – 3:13
  9. "Tower of Song" (Leonard Cohen) – 4:35
  10. "After the Ceasefire" (Daniel Lanois, Frank McGuinness) – 4:22


  • Marianne Faithfull - vocals
  • Daniel Lanois - producer, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, loops
  • Mark Howard - producer, keyboards, organ, percussion, loops, mixing
  • Barry Reynolds - guitar, slide guitar, bass, piano
  • Roger Waters - bass, keyboards
  • Brian Blade - drums, percussion
  • Michael Chaves - guitar
  • Danny Frankel - drums, percussion
  • Emmylou Harris - background vocals
  • Victor Indrizzo - guitar
  • Novi Novog - viola
  • Glenn Patscha - keyboards, piano, bass pedals, string arrangements
  • Christopher Thomas - bass, fuzz bass, double bass
  • Stephanie File - cello
  • Daryl Johnson - backing vocals