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Not since Big Little Lies has a theme song chilled us to the bone the way True Detective's season three theme song does. In case you need a refresher, the opening credits feature the cast's various profiles while a bluesy vocalist sings, "I got a letter this morning, how do you reckon it read? It said, "Hurry, hurry, yeah your love is dead."
If that didn't give you goosebumps, you might not pass a CAPTCHA verification test (because you're a robot).
Creators - True - Detective - Melody - Sequence
Leave it to the creators behind True Detective to find the perfect melody for its introductory sequence. But knowing the show as we do, nothing is coincidental. If you recall, last season changed its theme song every week to a different verse from Leonard Cohen's "Nevermind." So we couldn't help but wonder what the backstory for this season's theme song is.
And we were not disappointed.
Song - Death - Letter - Course - Recording
The song is called "Death Letter" (because of course it is), and it is a 1995 recording by an American jazz musician named Cassandra Wilson. The song appears on her Grammy-winning album New Moon Daughter, which we can't help but point out because the day the children go missing is actually on a new moon (which is major deviation from what Detective Hays recalls in his testimony).
Wilson's recording is not an original. It is a cover of a 1965 song by Delta blues musician Son House. What's interesting to note is that the original song features a male protagonist, and therefore it's a female "love" that dies. In the True Detective cover, the genders are swapped,...
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