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Music Monday: The Decemberists

This Music Monday’s song comes from a 2006 album called The Crane Wife by the Portland band The Decemberists. The album was picked by National Public Radio as the album of the year in 2006.  The Decemeberists could be considered a folk and/or indie rock band, and in the Civil War themed track “Yankee Bayonet” they certainly have a folk sound.


In The Decemberists song “Yankee Bayonet” the group sings of the battles at Manassas and Oconee, South Carolina.  This upbeat ballad is about a soldier that has left his sweetheart back home and “far from the hills of the sea swelled Carolinas.”  The alternate title of the track is “I Will Be Home Then.”


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