Bat For Lashes
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Bat For Lashes
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Bat For Lashes
Writer(s) Natasha Khan
Producer(s) Natasha Khan
Released 1 July 2016
Recorded 2015
Length 3:31
The Bride track listing
"In God's House" "Sunday Love"

"Honeymooning Alone" is the fourth track on Bat For Lashes' conceptual fourth album, The Bride.

Background[]

Natasha said she liked the idea of having The Bride character going on a honeymoon alone, doing something alone that intrinsically takes two people.[1]

In a BBC Radio 4 interview, she explained she was interested in exploring ideas of self-love in this song:[2]

"Unfortunately, her fiancé is killed on the way to the wedding, in a crash. It’s really melodramatic, so she embarks on this honeymoon alone, on this journey where the very person is gonna help her fulfil this marriage ritual that’s been taken away. I was just really interested about what happens when that construct is broken down if you go on a honeymoon alone, it is just you that you can fall in love with. I just thought it was a really interesting narrative within which to explore ideas about love, and self-love, and all expectations in relationships, the dark night and the soul, things like grief and all of that."

In another interview, she commented:[3]

"He was supposed to die, but I feel like they made a spiritual contract, where he made a roadmap for her of this honeymoon they were supposed to go on but he knew he was never going to go on it. It’s almost the perfect journey that he knows as a soul she needs to go on to become a fully-fledged woman and to find happiness."

When discussing what inspired her to explore the archetype of a bride on the album, she said:[4]

"I also really liked the idea of going on a honeymoon, but going on your own, and how then you would only have yourself to fall in love with. I wanted to create a metaphor that moved away from the projection of romanticized idealistic love and the idea of someone rescuing you toward a much deeper love for yourself and a journey through the psychic terrain and the landscape of your own soul."

Lyrics[]

Walking out, walking out in this cold winter light
And the pretty girls, all the pretty ones have tears in their eyes
And I can't speak because I don't have you here by my side
And I'll always be, I'll always be the girl that was denied

Driving my car in the night
(Honeymooning alone)
The cans on the road in tail light
(Honeymooning alone)
And your empty seat by my side
(Honeymooning alone)
If I drive far enough will I find my love?

My love, my love
My love, my love

Crying now, crying as the stars fail to shine
Pining now, pining for your warmth and your smile
And I waited all, I waited all my life for this night
But there's no moon, the moon has turned out all the lights

Driving my car in the night
(Honeymooning alone)
The cans on the road in tail light
(Honeymooning alone)
And your empty seat by my side
(Honeymooning alone)
If I drive far enough will I find my love?

My love, my love
My love, my love
My love, my love
My love, my love

My love
My love

References[]

  1. McGovern, Kevin (16 June 2016). "Dearly Beloved: Bat for Lashes on Becoming ‘The Bride’". Spin.
  2. "Woman's Hour, Bat For Lashes; Losing a baby in pregnancy or birth". 6 July 2016. BBC Radio 4.
  3. Nash, Ed (21 June 2016). "INTERVIEW: Bat For Lashes on the art of storytelling". The Line of Best Fit.
  4. Potts, Dianca (17 June 2016). "Music Monday: An Interview with Bat For Lashes". Lenny Letter.
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