"The Mermaid Parade" by Phosphorescent (VIDEO)
Listen to "The Mermaid Parade" by Phosphorescent, No. 93 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Wed Mar 7 2012
93. Phosphorescent, "The Mermaid Parade" (2010)
If you haven't been sad on a happy day in New York, you really haven't lived here. Brooklyn-via-Alabama songman Matthew Houck situates this tale of heartbreak at Coney Island's Mermaid Parade; he's there, heart-in-hand, while his woman's out in L.A. with her "new older, old man." Houck takes in the sights and sounds—and undoubtedly the smells, thanks to Nathan's and the grotty ocean—and wonders, "Were you with me today / Watching those women waltz by in the Mermaid Parade?" She may not have been; but when the picture is painted this richly, you certainly are.