Leeds United is an English football (soccer) club, which makes it an odd choice for an Amanda Palmer song title. After all, Palmer is from Massachusetts and is much more into performance art than European soccer. So why the title? In our interview with Amanda Palmer
, she explained: "I had been dating this guy from Leeds, Ricky Wilson from the Kaiser Chiefs, and we had a totally brief flash-in-the-pan fling. He was great. I really liked him and I loved his band. I think we found quickly that we had very little in common other than the fact that we were lead singers in bands. We had a really great time together. I really liked him, and I went up to his house in Leeds for a week. He gave me this great Leeds United jersey, which I prized. And then when I got back on tour a couple of days later I wore it on stage. I had a bra underneath, so I took off the jersey and finished the encore all sweaty and stuff. I went back to look for it, the stage was being cleaned, and it was like, 'F--k! Where's my shirt!?' I had that shirt for all of about 5 days. I'd already gotten all excited and sentimental about it, and then it vanished.
Around the same time, I lost my wallet,and I lost my keys. I was like, Am I still f--king 12
? I'm losing all my s--t. And I loved the words 'Leeds United.' It's such a sexy name for a team, and there's something so great and military and bold sounding about that united
, Leeds United,
it's so often heard.
I had a whole pile of whatever was going on in the relationship with Ricky, and I also had some really, really weird stuff going on emotionally within the band, and I had the fact that I felt like I was falling apart at the seams, and just losing everything. And that's what initially started to write the song. Leeds United was going to be this really ironic bold united statement, where everything was falling apart. That was the seed of the song. But then the lyrics ended up morphing into stream-of-consciousness territory, and I let that happen."