Song of the Day #2,440: ‘Dearly Departed’ – Shakey Graves

shakey_gravesLast June, I mentioned the Filmspotting podcast, my running accompaniment for a year now, in a series of posts on my desert island music, TV and films.

In addition to thought-provoking film reviews and top five lists, Filmspotting includes musical interludes that tie into each week’s theme. They lean toward indie artists who can use the exposure and over the past year I’ve heard a lot of good music along with a lot of good film discussion.

One recent find is Shakey Graves, the stage name of Austin-based folk singer Alejandro Rose-Garcia.

Here’s the lead single from his 2014 album And the War Came, with guest vocalist Esmé Patterson accompanying.

Well
You and I both know that the house is haunted
And you and I both know that the ghost is me
You used to catch me in your bed-sheets and a-rattling your chains
Well back then baby, it didn’t seem so strange

[Shakey]: You used to bite, I used to moan
[Esme]: But now I’m mumbling and you choke
[Shakey]: Well I ain’t so scary on my own
[Esme]: Tell me honey, what’s a dagger without a cloak?

‘Cause
You and I both know that the house is haunted
And you and I both know that the ghost is me
You used to catch me in your bed-sheets and a-rattling your chains
Well back then baby, it didn’t seem so strange

Shakey: In the midnight hours, you came alive
Esme: I had to go get my crystal ball
Shakey: Gotta find that snake
When the sun came up we couldn’t find no place to hide
Shakey: And you had to tell your friends that my things where fake
Esme: I had to.

You and I both know that the house is haunted
And you and I both know that the ghost is me
You used to catch me in your bed-sheets and a-rattling your chains
Well back then baby, it didn’t seem so strange

Shakey: But even when one is
Dead and gone
It still take two to make a house home
I’m as lonesome as the catacombs
Shakey: I hear you call me name and no one is there
(Esme: oooooooohh)

‘Cause
You and I both know that the house is haunted
Yeah you and I both know that the ghost is me
You used to walk around screaming, all slamming all ‘dem doors.
Well I’m all grown up now and I don’t scare easy no more

Yeah, You and I both know
Oooohh
You and I both know
Oooohh
Yeah you and I both know
Oooohh (x2)

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,440: ‘Dearly Departed’ – Shakey Graves

  1. Dana says:

    This is great! What a find! Very Billy Pilgrim-esque. Is the rest of the album this good?

  2. Clay says:

    This is the only track I’ve heard so far, but I’m definitely curious to hear more.

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