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Bat For Lashes
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Damon Albarn
Writer(s) Damon Albarn
Natasha Khan
Producer(s) Damon Albarn
Richard Russell
Released 25 April 2014
Recorded 2013
Length 4:47

"The Selfish Giant" is a song by Damon Albarn featuring Natasha Khan from his debut solo studio album Everyday Robots. The album was released on 25 April 2014.

Background[]

In a August 2013 interview, Natasha said that she recorded a new song for Damon Albarn's solo LP:[1][2]

“If I could go back and tell the 15-year-old me that I’d just sang with Damon for his new record, she’d probably wet her pants with excitement. I had such a massive crush on him when I was younger.”

In a January 2014 interview with Rolling Stone, Albarn confirmed that Natasha Khan will appear on the track "The Selfish Giant" as a "ghostly echo".[3]

In 2014, Albarn revealed that the inspiration for the song came from Blur's visit to the Scottish town of Dunoon in 1995 and a view he had of the Holy Loch. "It was a beautiful misty evening," he remembers.[4] "There was a single submarine in the loch – why it was there I don't know. I had a very strong image of the loch and submarines and walking down the main drag in Dunoon after the gig, going to someone's house for a party, and a song came out of it." The song includes the line "walking down Argyll Street when the evening colours call".[4]

Lyrics[]

Celebrate the passing drug
Put them on the back seat while they're coursing in your blood
It's there amongst us all
Walking down Argyll Street where the evening colors call, it's true

I had a dream that you were leaving
It's hard to be a lover when the TV's on
And nothing is in your eyes
I had a dream that you were leaving
Where every atom falling in the universe
Is passing through our lives

Press yourself to me right now
Push yourself deep down now, to the dark hills, I must go
Where the shadows hide
Waiting for the final call, it's coming down the line

I had a dream that you were leaving
It's hard to be a lover when the TV's on
And nothing is in your eyes
I had a dream that you were leaving
Where every atom falling in the universe
Is passing through our lives

I had a dream that you were leaving

I had a dream that you were leaving
It's hard to be a lover when the TV's on
And nothing is in your eyes
It's true
I had a dream that you were leaving
Where every atom falling in the universe
Is passing through our lives

I had a dream that you were leaving
I had a dream that you were leaving

References[]

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