Nostalgic News: Father John Misty – ‘I Love You, Honeybear’ was released 5 years ago


I Love You, Honeybear dives into the world of the concept album, travelling through his musings and regrets of his life.

Often, lyrics nod to his relationship with his wife Emma. The second track ‘Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)’ has Misty in the Honeymoon Stage, opening with “Emma eats bread and butter / Like a queen would have ostrich and cobra wine.” Misty makes the comparison of the mundane with the impressive to display his obsession.

However, the album is not without its usual worries about romance. On the swirling ‘When You’re Smiling and Astride Me’, love has never sounded more lovey-dovey, yet Misty breaks into doubtful reality by confessing “I can hardly believe I’ve found you and I’m terrified by that.” Even in noticing that he has found ‘his’ person, there is still something existential that ponders the prospect of something going wrong.

Listen to the title track below:


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