The Storms are on the Ocean

from Homunculus Mellitus by Ben Paley



I learnt this song from my mother, Claudia Gould, whose version comes from the Carter Family. It’s a wonder of economy: such a moving song wrought from three fragmentary floating verses and a simple melody. But they’re the right words, and the right notes. I used to sing this to my children, Max, Isaac and Joy, to send them to sleep, when I wasn’t singing them grisly murder ballads.


from Homunculus Mellitus, released August 13, 2019
Fiddle, mandolin, vocals, Ben Paley


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