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The Mountain Goats Share Tribute Single 'Song For Sasha Banks'

The Mountain Goats Share Tribute Single 'Song For Sasha Banks'

Tuesday 19th June, 2018 1:13PM

Acclaimed US songwriter and author John Darnielle's long-running group The Mountain Goats have followed up on their 2015 wrestling-themed concept album Beat the Champ with a tribute to WWE professional wrestler Sasha Banks titled 'Song For Sasha Banks'. The heartfelt single emerged from social media correspondence between the singer and Banks, here's Darnielle's words on what went down...

"When Beat the Champ came out, a wrestler named Sasha Banks tweeted at me: "Where's my song, @mountain_goats?" As a territories guy I had to learn her story. I said I'd finish the song by the end of the tour; it took a little longer than that.

Last night Sasha Banks wrestled for the Money in the Bank title, and while she didn't take it home this time, I've learned enough about where she came from and how she got to where she is now to say with confidence: the sky is the limit for you. Your walk is just beginning and the day will come when all your setbacks look like steps on a ladder.

Jon Wurster and I recorded this song at Chris Stamey's place last week -- that's Chris on bass; I last worked with Chris on the Moon Colony Bloodbath DP. Thanks to Chris for making this happen and to the Boss, Sasha Banks herself, for inspiring us all - to learn about you and to write this song was a real honor for me.

Dedicated of course to Sasha and to everybody who's even had a hint of what it looks like when your dreams start pushing their elbows through the gauze into the real world of blood & sweat & bone."

The latest album from The Mountain Goats 'Goths' is out now via Merge Records.


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