Australian indie singer songwriter Courtney Barnett‘s ‘Pedestrian At Best‘ was one of the songs featured on Roadies on Sunday night — August 7th, 2016 — Season 1, Episode 7 “Carpet Season“. It was played when photographer Abby Van Ness showed up backstage for the photoshoot.
And ‘Pedestrian At Best‘ is a track that is so good lyrically, it wouldn’t even matter that much if the music didn’t live up to the words. It does though.
In fact, ‘Pedestrian At Best‘ is such a deliciously fabulous guitar-driven song (as well as one of the best songs lyrically I’ve heard in ages), it’s no wonder critics have been raving about it since it was first released, nor that it was such a standout on the Roadies soundtrack on Sunday.
Check out the lyrics for the first verse, and then tell me Courtney Barnett isn’t incredibly gifted:
I love you, I hate you, I’m on the fence, it all depends
Whether I’m up or down, I’m on the mend, transcending all reality
I like you, despise you, admire you
What are we gonna do when everything all falls through?
I must confess, I’ve made a mess of what should be a small success
But I digress, at least I’ve tried my very best, I guess
This, that, the other, why even bother?
It won’t be with me on my deathbed, but I’ll still be in your head
Not stopping at just the song, though, Barnett then released the official video for it, which is brilliant as well, with its motif of a clown that has definitely had better days. Watch it below.
‘Pedestrian At Best‘ is from Courtney Barnett’s debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, which you can pick up on Amazon.