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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. 

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