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Mavis Staples - See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

Yep, looks like it's going to be another week of specially curated cover versions at Doklands. Or, put another way, I'll just be posting the same song again and again until you're thoroughly sick of it. Don't know if we'll make it to the full seven this time, we'll see.

I make no apologies for sticking some Mavis Staples on you. She's great. The entire Staples family is pretty great. Once you get past your ingrained prejudice against music that calls itself gospel, it all starts sounding like the blues, and things become a hell of lot easier. Here's her ominous take on See That My Grave Is Kept Clean from a 2003 concert at Radio City Music Hall. You'll never forget for a moment that it's a song about death when Mavis Staples sings it, that's for sure. Properly western gothic.

Mavis Staples - See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
(alternate download)