SmallTownMoon

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Alright, alright, I know you're going to say that this is an old ballad and that it shouldn't be in lyrics section, but I think Regina's (and Levon Vincent's, I suppose) interpretation of the story should be discussed. first off, the lyrics:

Two sisters went to the river bend

Went too soon, they're liable to drown

Parked their cars at the edge of the town

Slipped off their gowns and went slithering down

One was the poet's love

One was the poet's laugh

One had a fire in her breast

One was the poet's eyes

First they wash their feet

Then they wash their hands

One went right to sleep

The other with gills and fins

One sank down like a rock

As the other one floated away

Thinking about the ticking of clocks

And what will the neighbors say?

And a neighbor said

Two sisters went to the river bend

Went too soon, they're liable to drown

Parked their cars at the edge of the town

Slipped off their gowns and went slithering down

Two sisters went to the river bend

Went too soon, they're liable to drown

Parked their cars at the edge of the town

Slipped off their gowns and went slithering down

To the river bend...

Two sisters went to the river bend

Went too soon, they're liable to drown

Parked their cars at the edge of the town

Slipped off their gowns and went slithering down

and the wikipedia page on the story:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twa_Sisters

I hadn't read that before now, and I noticed Regina seemed to make some serious changes to the original plotline.

It sounds to me like instead of the one sister murdering the other, they both drown (when I first heard this my assumption was by accident). Furthermore, it sounds like one dies (One went right to sleep) and the other turns into a fish? (The other with gills and fins)

can't wait to hear your thoughts!

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Alright, alright, I know you're going to say that this is an old ballad and that it shouldn't be in lyrics section, but I think Regina's (and Levon Vincent's, I suppose) interpretation of the story should be discussed. first off, the lyrics:

Two sisters went to the river bend

Went too soon, they're liable to drown

Parked their cars at the edge of the town

Slipped off their gowns and went slithering down

One was the poet's love

One was the poet's laugh

One had a fire in her breast

One was the poet's eyes

First they wash their feet

Then they wash their hands

One went right to sleep

The other with gills and fins

One sank down like a rock

As the other one floated away

Thinking about the ticking of clocks

And what will the neighbors say?

And a neighbor said

Two sisters went to the river bend

Went too soon, they're liable to drown

Parked their cars at the edge of the town

Slipped off their gowns and went slithering down

Two sisters went to the river bend

Went too soon, they're liable to drown

Parked their cars at the edge of the town

Slipped off their gowns and went slithering down

To the river bend...

Two sisters went to the river bend

Went too soon, they're liable to drown

Parked their cars at the edge of the town

Slipped off their gowns and went slithering down

and the wikipedia page on the story:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twa_Sisters

I hadn't read that before now, and I noticed Regina seemed to make some serious changes to the original plotline.

It sounds to me like instead of the one sister murdering the other, they both drown (when I first heard this my assumption was by accident). Furthermore, it sounds like one dies (One went right to sleep) and the other turns into a fish? (The other with gills and fins)

can't wait to hear your thoughts!

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Originally posted by SmallTownMoon:

Alright, alright, I know you're going to say that this is an old ballad and that it shouldn't be in lyrics section, but I think Regina's (and Levon Vincent's, I suppose) interpretation of the story should be discussed.

Ha, I doubt anyone would have said that.

Anyway, the name of Regina/Levon Vincent's version is Two Sisters, not Twa.

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The part about gills and fins I always thought the other one had drowned. I came to that by the part of one sinking down like a rock and the gills and fins would be an association With the water

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