Father John Misty’s finest lyrics

His upcoming fourth album, 'God's Favorite Customer' is out now.

Whether he’s imagining virtual sex with Taylor Swift (‘Total Entertainment Forever’) or lamenting the sheer amount of oil it takes to make a record (‘Now I’m Learning to Love The War’), the lyrics of Father John Misty (real name Josh Tilman) are always worth paying attention to. In further good news, his upcoming record is out now so get a fix of dizzying wit and eccentric charm with this piping hot selection of the great Father’s 10 greatest lyrical feats so far.

Words: Emily Hayman

“I ran down the road, pants down to my knees / Saying, ‘Please come help me – that Canadian Sharman gave a little too much to me” – ‘I’m Writing A Novel’, 2012

“Bedding Taylor Swift every night inside the Oculus Rift” – ‘Total Entertainment Forever’, 2017

“Lift up your wedding dress someone was probably murdered in” – ‘Chateau Lobby in #4 (In C for Two Virgins)’, 2017

“Oh, pour me another drink and punch me in the face / You can call me Nancy from now on” – ‘Nancy From Now On’, 2012

“‘Let’s see here, you left your passport in the mini fridge / And the message with the desk says here the picture isn’t his / And oh, just a reminder about our policy / Don’t leave your mattress in the rain if you sleep on the balcony” – ‘Mr. Tillman’, 2018

“Oh, I just love the kind of woman / Who can walk over a man / I mean like a god damn marching band”” – ‘That Night Josh Tillman Came To The Apt’, 2015

“I’ve got nothing to hide from you / Kissing my brother in my dreams or finding God knows in my jeans / You see me as I am, it’s true” – ‘When You’re Smiling And Astride Me’, 2015

“Eventually the dying man takes his final breath / But first checks his news feed to see what he’s ’bout to miss” – ‘Ballad of the Dying Man’, 2017

“Oh, their religions are the best / They worship themselves, yet they’re totally obsessed / With risen zombies, celestial virgins, magic tricks / These unbelievable outfits” – ‘Pure Comedy’, 2017