David Bazan: Priests and Paramedics

Since Monday, I took to listening to Control, by Pedro the Lion again. I think that Ben was the first person to introduce me to this album, many years ago… and it’s remained a favorite of mine ever since.

It’s been a really long time since I last listened to it, and hearing a few specific tracks again felt incredibly refreshing. Lately, as is my habit, I’ve been looping one song in particular, over and over again: Priests and Paramedics.

It’s a pretty dark song. And I remember discussing this (vaguely) with Ben, about how in the song the paramedics were offering comfort by lying, but the priest was doing just the opposite. Beyond the lyrics and the story though, I just seem to find the melody of this song incredibly attractive.

The song is within my range, and it’s difficult sometimes to not just start singing this song while listening to it, walking down the street. But I have to stop myself, because other people would just see some random guy walking around singing We’re gonna die, we’re all gonna die… could be twenty years, could be tonight.

I’d be singing it well, mind you. But still, probably best I keep it to myself for now.

For those curious to learn more about the song, check out this video featuring Bazan talking about the backstory.

The Last Thing I Want to Think About
The Death of Marilyn Monroe
CD Purchases, 2003

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