Dan Bejar is better known for his contributions to The New Pornographers, but the title track from the Rubies LP – another of the decade’s best records -- is a phenomenal, quirky, rock / folk / pop single that seems to owe a lot to Van Dyke Parks. Either way, this song is hardly epic in the conventional rock sense, but on some level, this thing just grabs me for nine plus minutes and never lets go.
I love all the lyrics to this song, but some really jump out at me: "Quiet Ruby, Someone's coming! Approach with stealth! It's just your precious American underground, and it is born of wealth."