My Fair, My Dark

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My Fair, My Dark
Ida's My Fair, My Dark album cover.jpg
EP by
ReleasedAugust 5, 2008
GenreIndie rock, Indie folk, Baroque pop, Acoustic, Dream pop
LabelPolyvinyl Records
ProducerWarren Defever
Ida chronology
Lovers Prayers
My Fair, My Dark

My Fair, My Dark is Ida's second EP, released in 2008 on Polyvinyl Records. It features two original songs, a live version of "Late Blues" (from Heart Like a River), and four covers. Guest musicians include The Band's Levon Helm, Peter Schickele, Michael Hurley, and Tara Jane O'Neil. My Fair, My Dark's eponymous lead song was first issued on the CD accompanying the 2005 music issue of The Believer magazine.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Crawdaddy!(favorable) [3][4]
JamBase(favorable) [5]

Reviewers highlighted the new song "Still Life" and the two on which Levon Helm participated, Dolly Parton's "The Pain of Loving You"[6] and the live version of Ida's own "Late Blues" from one of Helm's Midnight Ramble concerts. "My Fair, My Dark" was included on a list of "150 of the saddest songs in the world" published in the Los Angeles Times' music blog.[7]

Track listing[]

All songs written by Ida, except as noted.

  1. "My Fair, My Dark" – 3:15 written by David Schickele
  2. "Don't Wreck It" – 3:48
  3. "Road to Ruin" – 2:16 written by John Martyn
  4. "The Pain of Loving You" – 2:49 written by Dolly Parton
  5. "Late Blues (Live)" – 4:40
  6. "Still Life" – 3:33
  7. "Time Has Come" – 3:35 written by Anne Briggs

The vinyl release contains an additional cover, of Warren Defever's "Darkness Night".[8]


  • Jean Cook – violin
  • Levon Helm – mandolin on "The Pain of Loving You", drums on "Late Blues"
  • Michael Hurley – viola on "The Pain of Loving You"
  • Ruth Keating – drums, percussion, marimba, ukulele, shruti box
  • Daniel Littleton – guitar, wurlitzer, piano, percussion, vocals
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – harmonium, vocals
  • Tara Jane ONeil – guitar on "The Pain of Loving You"
  • Karla Schickele – wurlitzer, bass, vocals
  • Peter Schickele – piano on "Late Blues"
  • Lincoln Schleifer – bass on "Late Blues"
  • Matt Sutton – pedal steel on "My Fair, My Dark"
Technical personnel
  • Warren Defever and Ida – producers
  • Justin Guip – engineering
  • Sean Price – additional engineering
  • Daniel Littleton – additional engineering
  • Steve Fallone – mastering
  • Tara Jane ONeil – art
  • Warren Defever – design


  1. ^ Derby, Matthew (June–July 2005). "Notes on the 2005 Believer CD". The Believer. Retrieved 19 November 2011.
  2. ^ Leahey, Andrew. "My Fair, My Dark EP - Ida". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  3. ^ poet, j. "review". Crawdaddy!. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  4. ^ poet, j. "review". Crawdaddy!. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  5. ^ Cook, Dennis (11 August 2008). "Ida: My Fair, My Dark EP". JamBase. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Song of the Day: Ida, 'The Pain of Loving You'". BuzzSugar. 21 May 2008. Retrieved 19 November 2011.
  7. ^ Shatkin, Elina (13 February 2009). "For the lonely: 150 songs for sobbing on Valentine's Day". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 November 2011.
  8. ^ "trouser press: emiliana torrini, inara george and more". Wears the Trousers Magazine. August 2008. Retrieved 19 November 2011.
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