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Animal Mask and Friendship

My post on Tuesday about friendship had several muses.

One of them was this song, “Animal Mask,” from the new Mountain Goats album, Beat the Champ.

In concerts John Darnielle has said that it’s about a battle royal–and about the labor and delivery room.

Maybe that explains it. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a song that so sweetly rhapsodizes about friendship. Typically, when I hear the word “friend” in a popular song I substitute, “Person with whom I am or desperately want to be in a romantic relationship.”

On the wrestling level, anyway, this is just about the beauty of the birth of a friendship.

Listen. Enjoy.

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