The song went through various different versions before the final studio version. Towards the end of The Haunted Man's recording sessions, Natasha scrapped the initial version she was working on and rewrote it in a different key with a different chorus.
"This song was a real pain in the arse. It was the troubled teenager of the album. I wrote it really early on and it was kind of like an En Vogue-style R&B tune. I loved it but didn't know what to do with it cos it wasn't quite right. I tried it a few different production things, but in the end I realised it wasn't the production - the songwriting wasn't up to scratch. So I rewrote it with just the main hook and changed the key and re-wrote the chorus. It's really simple and with [co-producer] Dan Carey on the MPC [hip hop sampling machine], we sampled old indian drums and took lots of electronic hip hop 808 sounds and put them through old amps. We used forks on glasses of water as well, so there's loads of layers of percussion that made it what it was. It's a song about the difficult choice that women have; the choice between the good new guy and the old bad guy. If you know someone's bad for you and you really want them, it's really hard when you get someone nice. Women are really bad for that. This album is me taking away all the glitter and the feathers and all the things that have become passé in a way and also for me I felt like I'd pushed those visual symbols to the extreme. The question was, If I strip it away, can I still convey something powerful? I embraced it and if it feels like less like a reinvention than it does peeling back the layers to get to the essence of what you're feeling like. For me, this album is going back to square one. It was exciting, but it was a long process."
In another interview, she said:
“‘All Your Gold’ was a complete different version for most of the making of the album and just sounded awful and I couldn’t… I knew it had something but I couldn’t get it. Then very close to the end I completely scrapped it and rewrote it in a different key, different timing with a different chorus, and it just suddenly became what it was supposed to be.”
All songs are written and composed by Natasha Khan.
|1.||"All Your Gold"||4:31|
|2.||"Save the Last Dance"||4:09|
|Released||30 September 2012|
|Producer||Luke Jacobs, Sonya Sier, Tiernan Hanby|
|Location||Botany Bay, Kent|
The music video was shot at Botany Bay in Kent. The choreography was done in collaboration with Jorge Crecis and Katie Lusby "to develop a vocabulary of movement intrinsic to Natasha that expresses the themes of the album."
Behind the scenes
- "Bat For Lashes "All Your Gold" Song Breakdown". 20 September 2012. YouTube.
- "Bat For Lashes - Natasha Khan's Guide To New Album The Haunted Man". 12 October 2012. Q Magazine.
- "“I’ve become a woman through the making of this album…” : Best Fit speaks to Bat For Lashes". 2 October 2012. The Line of Best Fit.