Songs You May Have Missed #307


Richard and Teddy Thompson: “Persuasion” (2001)

This pretty tune has a pretty convoluted history. Written by Richard Thompson with keyboardist Peter Filleul as an instrumental for the 1991 film Sweet Talker, it originally sounded like this:

Tim Finn (of Split Enz and Crowded House) loved the melody and wrote words to accompany it, releasing his version as a British single (which is now unavailable so I can’t reproduce it here).

Then Thompson liked Finn’s lyric so much that he re-recorded it as a vocal version with his son Teddy. Not the typical writing process for a song, but the end product is a thing of beauty.

A performance from a Scottish TV show

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