The Mess Inside - Amanda Palmer

from the single The Mess Inside (2018)

One of my favorite albums of the early 2000's was All Hail West Texas by The Mountain Goats.  My favorite song on that record was The Mess Inside.  There is a hook line in the song that goes "And I wanted you to love me like you used to do" that gives me chills.

Few lyricists can write in a style that looks a subject straight in the eye and speak raw words.  The type that cut you open and reveal the goo; but that is exactly what John Darnielle accomplished on The Mess Inside.

A cover version of this song has just been released by Amanda Palmer, best known (to me) as lead singer and pianist for The Dresden Dolls.

The release is one in a series of Mountain Goats covers resulting from the podcast I Only Listen To The Mountain Goats, where guests musicians speak with John Darnielle and host Joseph Fink bout what makes them tick artistically and the love of craft.  The show crescendos with the guest playing a cover of a song by The Mountain Goats.

Amanda Palmer's performance grabs me.  She delivers The Mess Inside with a raw, emotive energy that is almost abrasive.  It is a dark cabaret vibe over ukulele.  I find it powerful.

Do yourself three favors:  First, listen to the "And I wanted you to love me like you used to do" line as it repeats throughout the song.  Revel in her delivery. She is an artist on top of her game.  Second, ask yourself what other singers can inflict a line quite that way.  The list is likely quite short.  Third, go back and discover Amanda Palmer's catalogue of tunes with The Dresden Dolls.


Click Here to listen to The Mess Inside by Amanda Palmer.

Click Here to listen the original version of The Mess Inside by The Mountain Goats.