The Johns have decided to give us another free track from their latest record, Nanobots. It’s called The Darlings of Lumberland. The title could be a little confusing, considering that the song isn’t about the most charming lumberjacks in the yard. In fact, John Flansburgh made sure to clear up any misconceptions about the song’s meaning:
The song itself is a reference to the Darling Family that were early settlers from around Bethel NY (and whose name comes up in more than one Catskill mountain graveyard). At the turn of the last century the area around Bethel was often generically referred to as Lumberland, as lumber was cut and sent down the Delaware water gap to heat New York City.