Those of you who have been watching the live stream of me recording this song over the last week or so have already heard it plenty I’m sure, but for the rest of you, here’s a new song. It’s the first public thing I’ve written since the end of Thing a Week in September of last year, and it feels good.
My daughter went through a phase where she asked constantly for this YouTube video (which, incidentally, is a blatant violation of copyright) of a National Geographic show about octopuses. In the opening sequence, the unassuming and literally spineless octopus takes out a shark like it’s no big thing – the shark is just minding his own business when all of a sudden, bam! Eight arms, baby. If you are a sea creature that an octopus wants to eat, God help you, because it’s definitely going to eat you, and it’s going to hurt a lot. So for a while I went around singing “Octopus, some kind of octopus,” in my head and thinking about an octopus just tearing things to pieces, mostly crabs. Naturally, this became a nice metaphor for a breakup song (as long as I avoided using the word “sucker”).
Here it is for your listening pleasure. Feel free to actually buy it if you like it, but at the very least I hope you will pass it around: