Guitar melodies straight out of the 60s. Sumptuous strings. Choral harmonies. Tambourines. Xylophones not out of place in ‘Santa’s Super Sleigh’. If this combination of factors sounds a tad schmaltzy, don’t DARE let me put you off. This song is about a girl so desperate not to be left that she begins to consider having a baby to be a viable preventative strategy.
What makes this single so beautiful is the stunning juxtaposition of lilting harmonics and bitter-as-hell lyrics, inluding such admissions as “once I tried to make a life / to keep myself in yours”. It’s about the pain of having no power in a relationship, and the indignity of wanting to keep it that way.
It’s the B-side of this single, however, which showcases Emma Lee Moss’s phenomenal talent with words to its full. ‘Short Country Song’ also centres around a relationship, but this time with a more hopeful (if realistic) slant. A girlfriend watches her boyfriend browsing through porn and turning down preferred pages, and says of the man in question “But I know that I’m your favourite / I know that I’m the only thing you feel / Come and let me show you that it’s real”. The vulnerabilities and imperfections of this couple are painted in such a delicate fashion that, to this reviewer at least, it steals the show on this particular record.
Words: Helen True