"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.
“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".
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. "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".
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- "Damon Albarn on how Dunoon inspired debut album" – The Scotsman, 26 April 2014