Jamie McCarthy, Getty Steve Earle is eating breakfast at Toronto's Drake…
- Posted on Feb 27th 2012 4:30PM by Kenneth Partridge
Cory Schwartz, Getty Images
The song, like much of Girls' catalog, deals with group mastermind Christopher Owens' struggles to find happiness and make peace with his mother, who famously raised him in the Children of God religious cult. Such websites as The Fader and Stereogum have already begun speculating that the middle-age woman shown in the video is, in fact, the singer's mother, and it's easy to see why.
The lady in question is a weathered, poncho-clad ex-flower child prone to flipping through old photo albums and experiencing wild mood swings. One second, she's at peace in an orange grove, sunlight shining on her face; the next, she's staring into the camera, looking like she's about to breakdown crying or chew through the lens.
Adding to the mystery, there's a Girls press clipping -- one whose headline, "Girls leader grasps the cult of celebrity," references the family's troubled back story -- hanging on her refrigerator.
Perhaps the band will clear things up by March 22, when they appear on Conan's show to perform the semi-hopeful slice of West Coast folk-rock.
Watch Girls' Video for 'Honey Bunny'