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Mountain Goats “San Bernardino”


It’s Valentine’s Day weekend and Hannah is pregnant, so let’s get mushy.  Later-era Mountain Goats songs allow that hope and love are just as possible as despair and oblivion, and “San Bernardino” from 2008’s Heretic Pride is one of the sweetest.  It’s a simple two-verse story of a couple pulling into a motel, getting a warm bath ready, thoughtfully adding a few rose petals and giving birth to a healthy baby boy.  The way John Darnielle sings “I loved you so much just then” is perfect and I think it would resonate with any parents out there, maybe particularly fathers.

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