3/9/15 – Cat Power – Werewolf – 2003

Cat Power B:W PicI’ve always been a sucker for an acoustic guitar and a cello and although I could choose various Cat Power tracks to post, this one I particularly like. It appears on her 6th album, You Are Free released in 2003 and was written by Folk singer/cartoonist/painter, Michael Hurley who collaborated with a later version of Sixties Folk hipsters The Holy Modal Rounders. This song of his was recorded by them on their 1968 album, The Moray Eel Eats The Holy Modal Rounders.

Oh the werewolf, oh the werewolf
Comes a-stepping along
He don’t even break the branches
Where he’s been gone

You can hear his long holler from away across the moor
That’s the holler of a werewolf when he’s feeling poor

He goes out in the evening when
The bats are on the wing
And he’s killed some young maiden before the birds sing

For the werewolf, for the werewolf
Have sympathy
Because the werewolf he is someone
Just like you and me

Once I saw him in the moonlight
When the bats were a-flying
All alone I saw the werewolf and
The werewolf was crying

Crying, “Nobody, nobody, nobody knows
How much I love the maiden as I tear off her clothes”
Crying, “Nobody, nobody knows of my pain
When I see it has risen that full moon again”

When I see that moon moving
Through the clouds in the sky
I get a crazy feeling and I wonder why

Oh the werewolf, oh the werewolf
Comes traveling along
He don’t even break the branches
Where he’s been gone

For the werewolf have pity, not fear, and not hate
Because the werewolf might be someone
That you’ve known of late

Oh the werewolf, oh the werewolf
Comes traveling along
He don’t even crush the leaves
Where he’s been gone

Cat Power continues on her emotional trajectory, known to break down on stage and suffer erratic performances, the essence of her art is in her ability to open up her soul like no one’s looking – long may it continue.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Power

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_Are_Free

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Hurley_(musician)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Moray_Eels_Eat_The_Holy_Modal_Rounders