Song For Zula

Album: Muchacho (2013)
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Songfacts®:

  • This haunting, rueful tune was released as the lead single from singer-songwriter Matthew Houck's Muchacho album, the follow-up to 2010's Here's to Taking it Easy and the sixth under his Phosphorescent moniker. The LP was written in Mexico. "It sounds really cheesy, but I went down there with a guitar and got a little hut on the beach in Tulum, on the Yucatan Peninsula," said Houck.
  • This song portrays the post-traumatic stress of a soured relationship and Houck's attempts to will himself out of his funk. It was inspired by the singer breaking up with his girlfriend whilst touring Here's to Taking it Easy. "Relationships are tough when you're on the road, too-- my girlfriend would come on some of the tours, but it wasn't easy," Houck told Pitchfork. "Drugs and booze were involved. So I lost the place, lost the girl, and lost my mind."

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