It’s an old folk song, old enough in Amer­i­ca to per­haps have come from Bri­tain; there are vari­ants aplen­ty. But for most peo­ple to­day, in­clud­ing me, Sil­ver Dag­ger is that Joan Baez song. Ms Baez has a beau­ti­ful voice, great skill in us­ing it, and (maybe most im­por­tan­t) fab­u­lous­ly good taste in pick­ing what to sing.

Here’s the cov­er of her de­but al­bum from 1960. It’s my own pho­to of my own copy. A lit­tle stick­er in the cor­ner re­veals that at some point I paid six dol­lars for it.

Joan Baez by Joan Baez

I don’t know if this is my fave by Ms Baez; you have to think of El Pre­so Numero Nueve and Di­a­monds and Rust (which by the way she wrote). But it’s a clas­sic, and works so well in that just-a-singer-and-a-guitar mod­e.

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Spo­ti­fy playlist. This tune on Ama­zon, iTunes, Spo­ti­fy. Live video from the Beeb in 1965.

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