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Riff: Benjamin Gibbard – “Something’s Rattling (Cowpoke)”

Oct 10, 2012

It’s always summer in the southern state/Where I’m behind the moon floating in space

from Something's Rattling (Cowpoke) lyrics by Benjamin Gibbard

Splitting Former Lives down the middle, Gibbard brightly pops a tumbleweed-stringed and mandolin-plucked dark comedy of characters that “grin” and “live out in the open, perfectly hid.” Just aching to lace a Coen Brothers film – the perfect mariachi-horned bridge for a concept album of such.

Riff by Gavin Paul

Gavin Paul is SONGLYRICS' resident Content Guru. Chicago-bred, New York-sculpted, his words and ideas have appeared in publications ranging from Spin and Rolling Stone to The Chicago Sun-Times and Arborist News.

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