Phosphorescent – “The Mermaid Parade”

For those unfamiliar with the mermaid parade, here’s the quick and dirty: it’s an annual parade that makes its way along the Coney Island boardwalk.  It’s an onslaught of the weird and beautiful – a procession of scantily (and not-at-all) clad men and women dressed in their preferred sea-themed outfits.  Yes, there are bare breasts here and there, but, mostly, it is a celebration of all that is strange and wonderful about Coney Island.  It’s also a poignant setting for a song of heartache.  Writer Larry Fitzmaurice summed it up oh-so perfectly: “…the backing band produces the kind of sad-eyed country grandeur that cries so many tears in your beer that you end up drinking salt water. Goddamn it, Amanda– goddamn it all.”

Here’s To Taking It Easy is out now on Dead Oceans.

Download MP3: “The Mermaid Parade”


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