BILL CALLAHAN’S ongoing Monday afternoon pledge to gift us a song from his September Gold Record reached its fourth instalment today, with the downhome and evocative porchside “Protest Song”.

Today’s is a bluesy, spontaneous and raggy fragment, with the meta-theme of being a protest song about a protest song on the television. “Somebody must stop these boys /Messin’ with a man’s toys”, he breathes. “Step aside son / You’re gonna hoiked”.

But as with all of Bill’s oeuvre, it’s right up close and personal; he’s there with you, strings squeak and rattle and yaw.

Take a listen, why dontcha: