Two Saturdays ago, I Posted a link to Stan Rogers singing about a ship named “Mary Ellen Carter”, which covers the demise of said vessel, and the results of perseverance and determination to get her afloat once again. The song, I believe, is pure fiction… but the attraction is not in the origins of the song, but in the message that comes out in the final verses. That song was one of my early introductions to Canada’s East Coast folk music.
Today, I am linking to Pentangle singing “Lord Franklin”. Unlike the Mary Ellen Carter, Lord Franklin is recorded in history, as a result of a disastrous attempt to find the North-West Passage. This song was one of my early introductions to English folk music.
It is an interesting song because it was not that long ago that Lord Franklin was deemed a hero who lost his life, and those of his crew, in this valiant quest. More recent studies of Lord Franklin have suggested that he was incompetent, and totally driven by his own ego, without giving any consideration to his lack of experience!
Enjoy the English folk group Pentangle, with their rendition of “Lord Franklin”.