Catalogued at #243 in Francis J. Child's canon of folk music, 'The English and Scottish Popular Ballads,' "The Daemon Lover" tells the ominous tale of a woman who boards a ship with a former lover (portrayed as the devil), which is bound for wreckage.
The song has been recorded by many legendary folk artists over the years, including Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan, often by its American title "The House Carpenter." Download this hauntingly beautiful piece of traditional music storytelling for free through the end of January.
"The Daemon Lover (The House Carpenter)" Traditional
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