Okkervil River – “Down Down the Deep River”

On the surface, this song off of Okkervil River’s 2013 album, The Silver Gymnasium, sounds like a buoyant, pop song.  But listen closer and you’ll discover a harrowing and devastating story about a young boy and his best friend at the hands of some “very bad men”.  When the father enters the story about half way through I am reminded of the novel,  The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, where the dad will do whatever it takes to protect his son.

This live-in-the-studio version shows just how powerful, melodic and literate this underrated rock group is.  As usual, turn your volume knob to the right before playing…


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