Father John Misty has proven himself to be the voice of this jaded, sarcastic generation of lusty, macabre millennials who crave irony over everything else. Admittedly, yes, some of us here in the Baeble office fall into this category. His last album, I Love You, Honeybear was one of our favorite albums of 2015, and was absolutely lousy with lyrical gems with the opening line being Mascara, blood, ash and cum on the rorschach sheets where we made love.
J. Tillman accurately portrays our generation's priorities time and time again through double-entendre and unapologetically honest songwriting, creating characters out of himself and his wife Emma that we all can relate to, whether it's the desire to be sitting naked getting high on a mattress, or talking face to face (instead of using all these strange devices.) His manipulation of imagery is unparalleled, creating scenarios we have all found ourselves (or could potentially see ourselves) in. Basically, imagine if Bob Dylan was raised by the internet, complete with its WTF moments, brutal and oftentime relentless honesty, and an oversexed libido.
So when Stephen Colbert asked him to write a lullabye for a skit, J. Tillman took the opportunity to write a twisted composition that is pretty much guaranteed to make the listener uncomfortable. Titled "Maybe, Sweet One, You Won't Have Nightmares Tonight," it begins an easygoing, melodic lullaby which slowly and subtly morphs into a dark, vile composition plagued with images of rotting dead birds and public humiliation. We honestly couldn't expect anything less from J. Tillman's mind which, with every new song he writes, reveals a new part of his beautiful, dark, twisted fantasy (which has absolutely nothing to do with Kanye).