Political Animal


November 22, 2012 8:00 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

I know I’ve posted this video before, but it’s one of my all-time favorites, and good mood music for this holiday: Fairport Convention performing “Now Be Thankful” in 1970.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • c u n d gulag on November 22, 2012 8:47 AM:

    Ah, yes, a fine example of the long forgotten arts of melody and harmony!

  • Don Goudie on November 22, 2012 10:09 AM:

    And the best darn song about the Spanish Inquisition ever written!

  • David Carlton on November 25, 2012 5:28 PM:

    Damn--This song's been haunting me all weekend. I can't believe I went forty-two years before hearing it for the first time. And it's "about" the Spanish Inquisition in the same way it's about roses--as a source of images on which to draw to explain how even in the throes of the most extreme suffering (and Richard Thompson was just a year away from the accident that nearly wiped out FC and took the lives of a bandmate and RT's girlfriend)one can feel gratitude for the beauties of life. That the song can move from images of torture and privation to almost defiant affirmation [and a beat early! a stroke of genius, that] takes my breath away. Thanks, Ed (but why does your version of this performance leave out half the second verse--the really scary one?).