Song of the Day #2,126: ‘Daughter’s Lament’ – The Carolina Chocolate Drops

hunger_games_soundtrackI like when my Random Weekends produce a song that is new to me.

This one comes from the Hunger Games soundtrack, which I bought due to the presence of Pistol Annies, Neko Case, Arcade Fire, Maroon 5 and Taylor Swift. I think I listened to the whole thing through only once.

I don’t know who The Carolina Chocolate Drops are, but this is a nice enough track. It does a good job channeling the Appalachian dystopia of the book and film.

“Come in, come in my father dear
And spend this hour with me
For I have a meal
And a very fine meal
I fixed it up for thee, thee
I fixed it up for thee.”

“No, I ain’t comin’ in.
No, I ain’t comin’ in
To spend this hour with thee
For I have to go down in the mines
I’ll return this night to thee, thee
I’ll return this night to thee.”

Then she got up her arrow and bow
Her arrow and her string
And she went down to the forest deep
And sweetly she did sing, sing
And sweetly she did sing

Up spoke-up spoke a mockingjay
Up from a willow tree
Saying, “You had a father in the mines
Who’s gone this day from thee, thee
Who’s gone this day from thee.”

“Woe be, woe be mockinjay.
Woe be, woe be to thee.
I’ll send an arrow through your heart
For to bring such news to me, me
For to bring such news to me.”

Up spoke-up spoke that mockingjay,
“Don’t waste your time with me.
Go home and mind that pretty little girl
Her father no more to see, see
Her father no more to see.”

And she went home to her house that night
That house so cold and mean
And she held her sister close to her side
And never more did sing, sing
And never more did sing

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,126: ‘Daughter’s Lament’ – The Carolina Chocolate Drops

  1. Dana says:

    I recall the song, but i can’t remember if it played in the movie or just end credits. I agree that it does a nice job capturing the setting of district 12.

  2. Amy says:

    At first I thought… “how nice, a song about daughters appeared on the Random Weekend day my daughter is graduating!” Then I read the lyrics 🙂

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