Shovels & Rope: Bridge on Fire

Written by Kyle Jarrow

Writer and Musician

In category: Song of the Day

Published March 20, 2017

One of the reasons I love the neo-folk duo Shovels & Rope is that it’s a husband-wife collaboration – like Sky-Pony. “Bridge on Fire” is one of my favorites of their catalogue. I find it to be a study in how effective simplicity can be. The guitar and drum parts could hardly be more rudimentary, yet I find them surprising effective. They lay an evocative foundation for the raw, reaching vocal lines. These two singers’ voices sound great together. You can tell they have years of experience harmonizing.

This is also the only song I know that rhymes a word with itself and somehow makes it work:
“Our backs were weary / And I had enough / You said ‘I want you to know what you’re walking away from’ / But it was not enough”

Hear Kyle, NYFOS favorite Lauren Worsham, and their band Sky-Pony in our final NYFOS Next concert of the season on May 10 at National Sawdust in Brooklyn. 

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In addition to his work with Sky-Pony, Kyle Jarrow is an Obie Award winning writer who creates work for the stage, film and television. Plays include A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant, NoirWhisper HouseLove Kills and Hostage Song. Kyle penned the film Armless, which was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival. He’s developed television projects for FX, USA, FOX and CW networks, as well as the digital series Lost Generation (with music by Duncan Sheik) streaming now on Verizon’s go90 platform.


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