Music Monday: “Bad Things to Such Good People” by Manchester Orchestra & Julien Baker

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Music Monday is a meme, created by Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek, where I focus on a song I absolutely love and feel needs to be shared.

Song: “Bad Things to Such Good People”
Artist: Manchester Orchestra & Julien Baker
Album: Bad Things to Such Good People – Single (2018)

Lyrics taken from genius.com

[Verse 1]
My jail shoes on
The well-kept cemetery lawn
Both of them weeping
Their one good son was now gone
(Ooh, ooh)
The irony
To see my dad down on his knees
Crying out to Jesus
But Lord I’ve always done what’s right
(Ooh, ooh)

[Chorus]
And all the while
The good Lord smiled
And looked the other way
(Ooh, ooh)

[Verse 2]
When we were kids
I did my best to make them proud
It just wasn’t in me
I could not fly straight to save my life

[Chorus]
And all the while
The good Lord smiled
And looked the other way

[Bridge]
Their big success is now
Their biggest failure
Their golden child has been
Dethroned
Their reputation
Is now in ruins
Their tower to heaven
Has come tumbling down

[Chorus]
All the while
The good Lord smiles
And looks the other way
And looks the other way

 “Bad Things to Such Good People” was originally written and performed by the band Pedro the Lion. Upcoming artist Julien Baker and indie rock veterans Manchester Orchestra collaborated to create this haunting cover of the song. Baker leads on piano and vocals, playing meandering chords and cooing with Hull in vocal accompaniment. Hull then takes the vocal reins atop the ethereal instrumentation with emotion and soul in his voice. The song comes from a concept album about two brothers, and details the aftermath of  the death of the brother who became a politician through nefarious deeds, while the “bad” brother, who was an alcoholic and incarcerated, stands at his funeral. Even without knowing this backstory, the song is emotionally heavy in its execution.

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