While perhaps most identified with the danceable sounds of fan favorites like “Here Comes My Baby” and “Dance the Night Away,” the Mavericks are also preeminent balladeers. “Pardon Me,” the group’s latest single from their excellent Mono album, showcases singer Raul Malo’s velvety voice, this time wrought with exhaustion from too many days on the road.
Singing about a “steady round of one-night-stands, from one town to the next,” Malo is burned-out, missing his family and begging those he encounters in the bar to forgive him his sullen demeanor. For the song’s video, which the Mavericks filmed in New Orleans, the loneliness is painfully apparent.
“It’s about as honest of a song as I have ever written,” Malo told Rolling Stone Country earlier this year. “Not necessarily autobiographical, but I think anyone who travels for a living and has lived this kind of life, has at one point felt like how that guy feels at that moment, where it’s very tempting to be here and hang out with you lovely ladies or have drinks with you, but it’s time to go to bed. Because I miss my family, I miss my dog and I miss being at home on the couch. It’s that kind of very honest sentiment.”
Still, Malo isn’t complaining. As he sings in “Pardon Me,” “Most of the time, I feel alright, with the life I chose to lead.”
“We love what we do — all of it, the bad, the good. It’s a wonderful existence,” he says. “But it has its moments where you have had enough of the wonderful existence and you just want to be mundane for five minutes.”
The Mavericks are currently on their Mono Mundo Tour and will play the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey, tomorrow night.