david bazan continues to inspire and blow me away with his master storytelling and dreadful themes. the last song he recorded as pedro the lion is called "the devil is beating his wife." it's a tale of the father and husband who is resisting his role as a family-man. so he begins to fantasize about all the fun and adventure he could have if he were only "free" from the shackles of marriage.
with "high hopes" he sets out on a road trip of drunkenness and debauchery. the listener is provided with flashbacks to the family- the toddler is developing and dad is missing each beautiful moment... of course, things only spiral downward on the road as he is met with disappointment and disaster, only to then confront God with fierce accusations. meanwhile the haunting refrain echoes throughout the song- "it wasn't as sweet as it had been in his dreams."
listen to the song. read the lyrics.
image copyright: phil nellis, 2006.