Father John Misty tells a lot of fantastical stories during his shows. Some of them seem too outrageous to be true. But on Friday night (June 14) at the Armory in Minneapolis he told a tall tale that sounds like very plausible: he wrote a mournful song for A Star is Born that didn’t make the final cut. The revelation came near the end of FJM’s set — which, according to a review in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune included a ramble through the film’s ballad “Maybe It’s Time,” penned by his tourmate Jason Isbell — when he came out for an encore, strapped on an acoustic guitar and started singing, “As long as you got yours/ Baby, I can go and get mine/ I’ll parade my…”
And, as first reported by Vulture, he then stopped strumming and said, “I’m trying to remember my A Star is Born song,” before diving back in. “I’ll parade my fishing barrel/ Right beneath your loaded eyes/ Though I know it may sound cruel, inconvenient for you and ugly/ But I’m too handsome to sit and pine/ So you tell me what’s a man to do/ When a man done lost all his pride?” he sang.
Misty then urged his band to join in on the country waltz about not wanting to spend time in the spotlight as “glamour withers on the vine,” cueing up a tune that would totally have sounded on-brand if sung by a world-weary Jackson Maine. “Now imagine I’m a time-traveling Bradley Cooper,” FJM joked about the movie’s star/director.
As the song chugged to an end, Misty gently teased his co-headliner Isbell for landing some ASIB action, saying, “let’s show Jason Isbell how it’s done… I love you Jason.” Spokespeople for Misty and A Star is Born could not be reached for comment at press time. “That would have sucked. I’ve seen that movie. There’s really no place in that movie for that song. Unless he was like bombing at Coachella or something… the sequel. Now we’re talking.”
Watch Misty play the untitled song below around the 1:20:00 mark.