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She Moves In Mysterious Ways
At just 30 years of age, Lisa Hannigan has gone from being Damien Rice’s sidekick to establishing herself as one of the most important new artists in contemporary Irish music. With the release of her second album, Passenger, she is set to take the world by storm. But behind the natural beauty is a remarkable woman who is beginning to reveal the depth of her mysteries…
Olaf Tyaransen, 19 Oct 2011
“I started writing the song and had the melody and then I was reading Skippy Dies which I just loved. It’s about a boarding school and the boys are 14-year-olds. I found the atmosphere really heavy. He’s such a brilliant writer, and you really kind of have that weird feeling of being a teenager again, that sense of frustration and confusion – and that weird mix of confidence and not knowing anything, the confidence of not knowing anything actually is probably what it is! And that sort of transition, that change of being quite innocent, you do lose something that you don’t get back, that you have to lose in order to go anywhere.
“‘Home’ is sort of about that loss of innocence, and definitely reading that book made me feel that quite keenly. It’s really odd, I’ve never had that happen to me before, reading a book and writing a song from it, it was more the atmosphere that it created. But yeah, I must say that to your man… I’ve never met him, but yeah. Actually, I think they’re making a film of the book. If Neil Jordan wants a song for the soundtrack – call me!”
Most of the songs seem to be about relationships...
“Yeah, I mean they’re all sort of about different relationships and people, some are about friendships and... that sort of thing.” She stops and laughs. “I’m being very cagey, aren’t I? Sorry! I just think you kind of ruin it if you say that this song is about something really mundane that happened, it puts it in this banal little box – it’s just a thing that happened, and then there’s no spark of magic to it. So I don’t really want to go into the specifics because I just think it’s boring.”
Even so, I got the strong impression that ‘Little Bird’ was about the ending of your relationship with Damien Rice (“When the time comes, and the rights have been read/I think of you often, but for once I meant what I said”). She shifts mock-uncomfortably in her seat. “Em… right.”
You’re not going to tell me, are you?