The Top 20 Jeff Tweedy Songs: #9 “Please Tell My Brother”

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“Please Tell My Brother”
Album: Weird Tales (1998)
Band: Golden Smog

Key lyric: “I should call more often, but they know I never will. Please tell my brothers I love them still.”

Tweedy created the perfect folk song on this tender but maudlin ode to family, off Golden Smog’s best album, Weird Tales. The lyrics are among his most specific (he mentions his father’s connection to the railroad), and yet they’re arguably his most universal as well. A few sparse details, of “nieces and nephews and their swimming pools,” are enough to connect us to the bigger picture.

If you haven’t checked out Golden Smog yet, don’t hesitate. Virtually every song’s a winner.

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