Magnetic Fields –– Papa was a Rodeo

Kale Walch

Off of their 1999 album “69 Love Songs,” comes a long-forgotten gem from the “Magnetic Fields,” titled “Papa was a Rodeo.” Frontman Stephin Merritt, a brilliant singer/songwriter known for his deep, distinctly untrained voice, silently weaves a deep, melancholy love story that questions the role of love amidst a strange and dark world. The witty lyrics, commonplace in most Stephin Merritt songs will surely produce laughter upon the first listen, but truly express sadness and confusion, as seen in a classic David Lynch film. Unlike the David Lynch film, however, this song ends on a high, happy note, and definitely deserves to be heard.