1996 : MERCURY FALLING
I hung my head :: "What I'm saying is there are
no accidents around guns. When the judge asks him what went
through his mind when he held the gun, he says "I felt the
power of death over life." There's a totemic magic attached
to the gun that will almost create a situation where you
have to use it, or you will use it by accident. And if you
killed someone by accident with a gun, you'd still feel
Let your soul be your pilot :: "It's a song about
death, or dealing with death in a way that offers some sort
of hope. I actually think it's quite an uplifting song - the
intent is for it to be uplifting."
I was brought to my senses :: "It starts as just
a folk ballad, with just me playing the guitar and singing
in unison, and that goes into a kind of Brazilian vibe. It's
really about nature and accepting nature as not only a
metaphor for your own life but as something miraculous in
itself. I'm much closer to nature now than I ever was - I
hug trees, I speak to the grass. It helps."
I'm so happy I can't stop crying :: "The song is
about a father whose wife has left him for another guy and
taken their two children. It starts off cynically, in the
first two verses, implying that the guy can't really be
happy. But after gazing at the stars one night he has a
revelation about all life being connected and he realises
that in a sense, he's supported by the universe. Now he can
sing the song and mean it - he really is so happy he can't
stop crying. So it's about a journey through pain to a new
level of understanding and acceptance."
All four seasons :: "The song is actually about
my daughter, Coco, who is five years old and treats me like
shit, and then the next day treats me like I'm the best
thing since sliced bread - you can never predict what sort
of mood she'll be in. So really it's a song about her
changeability, her mercurial quality - she's a bit like me
actually. I think I deserve her."
five to midnight ::
La belle dame sans regrets ::
"There's a poem by Keats called 'La Belle Dame Sans
Merci', which is, vaguely, the inspiration for it. I
sang that song in French just out of perversity. It was a
sort of bossa nova music and the obvious thing to do would
have been to sing it in Portuguese or Spanish, but I thought
it would really sound good in French. Pretentious? Toi? No!
I learnt French at school - everybody did. Being pretentious
means you're pretending you're something you're not, and in
my case that's not true. I've always been true to myself."
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