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It Suits Me Well

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This song shows the life of a gypsy, a sailor and an old-time circus performer from their point of view. It shares the same thematic conception as The Pond and the Stream.

There are some interesting sounds on this song: at first, there is what sounds like a mouth organ, which mutates into an accordion, finishing up as a flute organ. Richard Thompson adds typical electric guitar. Originally released on Sandy, this track was available for a short time on the Island CD sampler Folk Routes too. It was re-released on the 2CD anthology No More Sad Refrains.

A live studio recording from 25 October 1972 for the BBC Radio 1 show “Sounds of the Seventies”, hosted by Bob Harris, was broadcast on 20 November 1972 and published both on the 1997 CD The BBC Sessions 1971-73 and on the 3CD+DVD set Live at the BBC of 2007. The BBC box set contains a further live recording from November 1972 for the BBC Radio 1 show “Sounds on Sunday”, hosted by Johnny Moran, and broadcast on 3 December 1972.

Cover Versions

  1. Dave Swarbrick on his album Smiddyburn (1981) and on Fiddlestix - The Best of Fairport 1972-1984 (1998)
  2. Vikki Clayton on her album It Suits Me Well (1994)


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