Check Out: Ben Folds & Nick Hornby – “Levi Johnston’s Blues”

    Folds recently recalled: “After watching the Republican National Convention the rest of us were thinking, ‘holy shit that woman could be president,’ but [Hornby] was thinking, ‘holy shit, this poor guy’s got to marry the daughter.’”

    — “Coincidentally” released the same week Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston announced their engagement, “Levi Johnston’s Blues” offers our first taste off Ben Folds and Nick Hornby’s forthcoming collaborative effort Lonely Avenue.

    As may have guessed based on the title, the track predates the couple’s recent announcement, focusing instead on the future son-in-law of Sarah Palin’s life changing experience upon learning that he knocked up the daughter of a Vice President candidate. After all, as Folds sings, “I’m a fuckin’ redneck, I live to hang out with the boys / Play some hockey, do some fishing, kill some moose / I like to shoot the shit and do some chillin’, I guess / Ya fuck with me and I’ll kick your ass.”

    Hear the track for yourself below. Lonely Avenue — which you can read all about it here — is due for release on September 28th via Nonesuch.


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