The Crane Wife is the fourth album from The Decemberists, the band that (finally) brought us a song about killing babies (The Rake Song); I’m talking patricide, not abortion. I could plagiarize the crap out of Wikipedia, but rather you click here for the full story. The Decemberists are intelligent baroque/progressive rock. Their songs usually tell a story not usually familiar to westerners, The Crane Wife is a Japanese folk tale. This is further explored in their follow up LP “Hazards of Love.”
This track, O Valencia, is one of my favorites, and a pretty good mini-film featuring the whole band.