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September 29, 2010 12:06 AM Subscribe
What exactly is Colin Meloy saying when he singing "When wilt thou trouble the waters in the cistern" in the song "A Bower Scene" on the album "The Hazards Of Love"?
posted by NoraReed to grab bag (13 answers total)
It is a line spoken to an illegitimately pregnant woman by either her sister or a nun. I've googled around and found a lot of discussion but no actual conclusion. (It sounds a bit to me like the sister-character is asking when she's going to take a bath, but that doesn't really make any sense in the context of the narrative.)