The Ballad of Keenan Milton

Songfacts®:

  • This song is an homage to the legendary skateboarder, Keenan Milton, who died tragically in 2001 in a freak accident. Banhart explained to Spin magazine: "Supposedly he was at a party and somebody jumped off the roof into the pool and actually hit him, and nobody noticed and he drowned. He died much too young, under very tragic circumstances. He skated for Chocolate, which is part of Girl Skateboards, probably one of the most, if not the most important skateboarding companies of contemporary American skateboarding brands. Keenan had chosen a song [for a video] called '007 (Shanty Town)' by Desmond Dekker, and that changed my life. I had never heard anything like it."

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