The Ruin of the Beast


A video by Stephen Delopolous , whose new record just released. The animation is by my friends at Portland Studios. What do you think?

Andrew Peterson is a singer-songwriter and author. Andrew has released more than ten records over the past twenty years, earning him a reputation for songs that connect with his listeners in ways equally powerful, poetic, and intimate. As an author, Andrew’s books include the four volumes of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga, released in collectible hardcover editions through Random House in 2020, and his creative memoir, Adorning the Dark, released in 2019 through B&H Publishing.


  1. clyde

    I really like the song and the video (both beautifully done, but the video is especially striking). The entire album is well done.

  2. euphrony

    Punk! I was planning on talking about Stephen Delopolous and doing a small music review in the next couple of days. Now everyone who reads both my blog and The Rabbit Room – all two of them – will think I’m copying you.

    I’m with Stephen, though. I’ve been listening to Straightjacket for a couple of weeks now and I’m just getting a grasp on some of the small pictures in the lyrics. Trying to pieces these together into the greater tapestry will take some time. It is understandable why you don’t hear songs like “Ruin of the Beast” on radio – most people don’t want to think that much about a song. That being said, I love Delopolous’ music, and the not-so-subtle Greek influence that pervades much of it.

    If I understand any of this song (big assumption), then it seems to me that yesterday typified the supplanting of one evil with another and people not even noticing that the important things were completely missing. As I went to the gym after work, with its multitude of TVs, I saw all the news stations (CNN and Fox) talking not about the global tanking of stock markets but about the death of a movie star. Which, I ask myself, is more important and newsworthy? I don’t get the same answer they seem to have reached.

  3. Chris

    Wow! I am officially now a fan! Thanks for the tip! I liked Burlap to Cashmere and always wondered what happened to them. Great guitar work and is it just me or does it have a little Peter, Paul and Mary feel to it? Good stuff!

  4. Allison

    Now that is multi-layered, multi-talented artistry. I can re-listen and re-watch that song/video a hundred times and probably get something new out of it every time. Very, very cool. And thanks for the heads up on Stephen D– he’s one of our other favorite songwriters.

  5. John Michalak

    Beautiful and moving. Yet another artist I’ve been deprived of. There’s just too much good stuff to listen to out there!

    I found it interesting to see how the pictures offer almost an exposition on his sometimes cryptic lyrics (at other times they expanded on the mystery). I wonder how closely Stephen worked with them on that, i.e., saying “draw this, to explain this…” etc. Or, was it just PS making their own interpretation throughout?

    A perfect addition to the Rabbit Room.

  6. Easton Crow

    Thanks for letting us all see this. I love the expression of joy on the face of the gryphon at the end of the video. Maybe it speaks to the eternal power and unending joy of stories. No matter how hard we try to forget them or mask them or rationalize or politicize, the stories stay with us and are deep in our souls. The Storyteller made us that way when He began the first and story, of which all others are a part.

  7. Tom Bubb

    This is a truly tremendous song and the video fits it perfectly! Thank you for showing this to us Andy! I’m now a big fan of Stephen Delopolous and I’ve been listening to Straightjacket nonstop since I got it last night.

  8. whipple

    Wow. Like many Stephen Delopoulos songs, both the song and the video merit more than one repetition to glean a glimmer of the vibrancy in their art.

    The line about the authorities “[banning] all seduction, not even an ocean” actually brought to mind the Magisterium from The Golden Compass. It’s funny that works by Stephen Delopoulos and Phillip Pullman can both conjure up the rememberance that we are indeed to be seduced by some things, if only to be led further toward the one who will give us no greater pleasure than himself.

    I still marvel at “Jungle Trail” and “Work to Be Done”.

  9. Topher

    Interesting, beautiful animation. Feel a little sorry for the beast though. Looks like he could use a little love.

  10. Ryan

    Magnificent! So deep I can’t see the bottom. By half way through I wanted to cry, like I should be feeling despair or hopelessness but I didn’t have a clue why. By the end I felt happy and hopefull even though I still didn’t know why! My brain has translated the song differently each time I’ve listened but every time I get the impression that I should be feeling a little bit guilty for what happened to the beast, and that he isn’t really so beastly afterall…

  11. Kevin

    What’s the possibility of bringing Steven’s albums to the RR store? His music is scattered across the internet right now. I would much rather buy from RR than support some no-name 3rd party on!

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