According to a press release, the new song was inspired by tweet posted in 2019 by ‘Good Bones’ poet Maggie Smith, which reads: “Photo essays that won’t happen: Divorced woman drives her rumpled c. 2005 wedding dress across the country and takes photos of it in various locations. It’s a metaphorical ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’ sans stapled-on toupee and sunglasses, because the dead thing is the marriage.” Frontman John Darnielle saw the tweet and responded: “this would be a song called “Picture of My Dress” imo.” Check out the full story behind the song, in tweet form, below.
‘Picture of My Dress’ follows the previously released singles ‘Get Famous’ and ‘As Many Candles as Possible’. Getting into Knives will mark the Mountain Goats’ 19th studio album and their second this year, following April’s Songs for Pierre Chuvin.
Photo essay that won't happen: Divorced woman drives her rumpled c. 2005 wedding dress across the country and takes photos of it in various locations. It's a metaphorical "Weekend at Bernie's" sans stapled-on toupee and sunglasses, because the dead thing is the marriage.
— Maggie Smith (@maggiesmithpoet) December 20, 2018
1. I post a wild idea about taking my wedding dress on a post-divorce roadtrip.
2. @mountain_goats starts writing a song about it called "Picture of My Dress." (I have heard the first verse & chorus, & it's perfect.)
3. I have another wild idea: everything is going to be ok. https://t.co/yQiaXUAp3W
— Maggie Smith (@maggiesmithpoet) January 1, 2019