Sunday, June 2, 2019

Purple Mountains • "All My Happiness is Gone" • 2019



Friends are warmer than gold when you're old
And keeping them is harder than you might suppose
Lately, I tend to make strangers wherever I go
Some of them were once people I was happy to know

Mounting mileage on the dash
Double darkness falling fast
I keep stressing, pressing on
Way deep down at some substratum
Feels like something really wrong has happened
And I confess I'm barely hanging on

All my happiness is gone
All my happiness is gone
It's all gone somewhere beyond
All my happiness is gone


“I always said we would stop before we got bad,” David Berman wrote upon disbanding Silver Jews in 2009. “If I continue to record I might accidentally write the answer song to ‘Shiny Happy People.’” “All My Happiness Is Gone,” the debut single from his new project Purple Mountains and the first new music since his hiatus, stays true to the mission. Don’t let the breezy arrangement or singalong “I Melt With You” chorus fool you: David Berman is as miserable and alone as ever.

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