Linda Thompson Laments Being 'Never the Bride' - Song Premiere

Lovelorn folk ballad surveys many near-misses

August 6, 2013 9:00 AM ET
Linda Thompson
Linda Thompson
Annabel Vere

Folk singer-songwriter Linda Thompson is back with "Never the Bride," a track from her upcoming record Won't Be Long Now, her first disc in six years. 

Best Albums of the 1980s: Richard and Linda Thompson, 'Shoot Out the Lights'

"Never the Bride" is a wistful folk ballad with measured, gentle vocals and delicate instrumentals; in it, Thompson grows melancholic with cries of "I'm bound to live a single life/ Never, oh never, the bride." Her character, a consistently heartbroken young woman, longs for "a man with only one side."

Thompson has a long history of musical expression; she recorded in the 1970s and 1980s with her then-husband Richard Thompson. Their album Shoot Out the Lights was Rolling Stone's Number Nine album of the 1980s and is also featured on the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

Won't Be Long Now is due out October 15th on Pettifer Sounds. 

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Hungry Like the Wolf”

Duran Duran | 1982

This indulgent New Romantic group generated their first U.S. hit with the help of what was at the time new technology. "Simon [Le Bon] and I, I think, had been out the night before and had this terrible hangover," said keyboardist Nick Rhodes. "For some reason we were feeling guilty about it and decided to go and do some work." Rhodes started playing with his Jupiter-8 synth, and then "Simon had an idea for a lyric, and by lunchtime when everyone else turned up, we pretty much had the song." The Simmons drumbeat was equally important to the sound of "Hungry Like the Wolf," as Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor stated it "kind of defined the drum sound for the Eighties."

More Song Stories entries »