Directed by Waley Wang. Single out now on Anti-.
Woo hoo, new Christian Lee Hutson! His 2020 album Beginners was one of the highlights of a miserable year.
Warning! This video might make you barf if you have issues with merry-go-rounds…
While many of the best songs on Beginners featured straightforward narratives, “Strawberry Lemonade” is more impressionistic. But even if it’s impossible to decipher a literal meaning out of the lyrics, you can definitely feel what Hutson is putting across.
Everything is an accident
God’s truth is elastic
We sent a man to the moon and back again
Strapped into a trash can.
Hutson says, “’Strawberry Lemonade’ is a series of vignettes about memory, letting go and holding on. I remember talking to a friend, around the time that I wrote it, about the relentless repackaging of 1960’s culture; so some of that ended up in there. […] I want people to feel like it’s okay: we’re all here fucking up all the time; we’re all just learning and living, and it’s going to be all right. I don’t even know if I fully believe that, but it’s the voice I always wished I had in my life.”