of angelas, angels and angles

ever jumping on the bandwagon, sarip currently indulges with the decemberists’ the crane wife.

The Crane Wife is an old Japanese tale. While there are many variations of the tale, a common version is that a poor man finds an injured crane on his doorstep (or outside with an arrow in it), takes it in and nurses it back to health. After releasing the crane, a woman appears at his doorstep with whom he falls in love and marries. Because they need money, his wife offers to weave wondrous clothes out of silk that they can sell at the market, but only if he agrees never to watch her make them. They begin to sell them and live a comfortable life, but he soon makes her weave them more and more. Oblivious to his wife’s diminishing health, his greed increases. He eventually peeks in to see what she is doing to make the silk she weaves so desirable. He is shocked to discover that at the room is a crane plucking feathers from her body and weaving them into the loom. The crane, seeing him, flies away and never returns.

you can listen the stream here. there is even a section on the stories how the songs came about.

wonderful poetry on a conscious tune. nice.

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