Song of the Day #3,664: ‘God’s Favorite Customer’ – Father John Misty

I don’t know anything about Father John Misty other than he’s apparently a major asshole. I’ve read snarky interviews where he trashes other musicians and accounts of other musicians trashing him.

He once announced that he would cover Ryan Adams’ 1989, which is a song-by-song cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989, to “match one grotesque stunt with another.” Adams, in turn, bashed Father John Misty on Twitter, calling him “the most self-important Asshole on earth” and, amusingly, “Sir Fuckhead.” Adams later apologized, saying he was having a bad day.

Misty, whose real name is Josh Tillman, has been recording for more than a decade, under his given name, his stage name and as a part of various bands, including Fleet Foxes.

His latest album, God’s Favorite Customer, is the first music of his I’ve heard and, all the extra-curricular stuff aside, I really like it.

Ironically, it reminds me a lot of Ryan Adams’ best work: lush, moody and introspective, with thought-provoking lyrics and subtle melodies.

I can’t vouch for the guy as a human being, but based on this album, he’s my kind of musician.

[Verse 1]
Another night on the straits
All bug-eyed and babbling
Out on the corner of 7th and A
I’m in the business of living
Yeah, that’s something I’d say
All I need is a new friend
I’m only five blocks away

[Chorus]
Speak to me
Won’t you speak, sweet angel?
Don’t you remember me?
I was God’s favorite customer

[Verse 2]
Beware the man who has everything
Everything that he wants
You can spot him from a mile away
In his gold chain and only one pair of socks
I’m out here testing the maxim
That all good things have to stop
The bar closes at 5
But the big man is just opening shop

[Chorus]
Speak to me (oh, speak to me)
Won’t you speak, sweet angel?
Don’t you remember me? (Don’t you remember me?)
I was God’s favorite customer
But now I’m in trouble

[Outro]
Speak to me (oh, speak to me)
Won’t you speak, sweet angel?
I need some company (I need some company)
I swear, just one more night longer

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,664: ‘God’s Favorite Customer’ – Father John Misty

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Sir Fuckhead probably was half way through recording his take on Swift’s 1989 when he found out Adams had beat him to the punch.😁

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