Who Sang The Hazards of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won’t Wrestle the Thistles Undone)? The Decemberists

The Decemberists The Hazards of Love cover art
Release information
Release Date: 2009-3-17
length: 4:19
producer: The Decemberists and Tucker Martine
mixer: Tucker Martine
recording engineer: Tucker Martine
assistant recording engineer: Rich Hipp
strings arranger: Jenny Conlee and Nate Query
background vocals: John Moen
synthesizer: Jenny Conlee
acoustic guitar: Colin Meloy
double bass: Nate Query
drums (drum set): John Moen
tenor guitar: Chris Funk
vocal: Colin Meloy
Wurlitzer electric piano: Jenny Conlee
lyricist: Colin Meloy
composer: Colin Meloy

My true love went riding out in white and green and gray
Past the pale of Offa's wall where she was won't to stray
And there she came upon a white and wounded fawn
Singing, "Oh, the hazards of love"

She, being full of charity, a credit to her sex
Sought to right the fawn's hind legs when here her plans were vexed
The taiga shifted strange the beast began to change
Singing, "Oh, the hazards of love."
Singing, "Oh, the hazards of love."
You'll learn soon enough the prettiest whistles won't wrestle the thistles undone, undone

Fifteen lithesome maidens lay alone in their bower
Fourteen occupations paid to pass the idle hour
But Margaret heaves a sigh her hands clasped to her thigh
Singing, "Oh, the hazards of love."
Singing, "Oh, the hazards of love."
You'll learn soon enough the prettiest whistles won't wrestle the thistles undone, undone
Undone, undone, undone


Tracklist
Digital Media 1
  • 1 Prelude
  • 2 The Hazards of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won’t Wrestle the Thistles Undone)
  • 3 A Bower Scene
  • 4 Won’t Want for Love (Margaret in the Taiga)
  • 5 The Hazards of Love 2 (Wager All)
  • 6 The Queen’s Approach
  • 7 Isn’t It a Lovely Night?
  • 8 The Wanting Comes in Waves / Repaid
  • 9 An Interlude
  • 10 The Rake’s Song
  • 11 The Abduction of Margaret
  • 12 The Queen’s Rebuke / The Crossing
  • 13 Annan Water
  • 14 Margaret in Captivity
  • 15 The Hazards of Love 3 (Revenge!)
  • 16 The Wanting Comes in Waves (reprise)
  • 17 The Hazards of Love 4 (The Drowned)