Dave Richardson’s new album Carry Me Along includes songs about love and loss and life and death. And they’re all wonderful.
But we gotta start with the squid.
The album opens with an acoustic guitar strumming what sounds like your standard plaintive Americana ballad. Then Richardson begins crooning:
Squid, giant squid
Hanging like a hanged man
In this building right downtown
An impressive specimen
It goes on like that, talking about sperm whales and Iceland and 5,000 gallon tanks of water. Not exactly your typical folk-song subject matter. Is this the first squid song ever? I had to learn more.