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Spektor sings in a fake Italian accent on this track, addressing a woman concerned that if she gives birth to a son, he'll become a serial killer. Like most of her songs, Spektor is portraying a fictional character rather than real-life events. "I think it's silly to assume that songs are from the direct life of the songwriter," she told American Songwriter magazine. "Nobody does that with novels. Nobody does that with movies or actors. If George Clooney plays an a--hole who walks around murdering people, nobody thinks that George Clooney is an a--hole who walks around murdering people. Everybody has this understanding that all these other artists are just channeling something and using their imaginations, but for whatever reason, people don't seem to feel that way about songwriting, I guess."
As a 5-year-old, Brandi was writing lyrics to instrumental versions lullabies. She still puts her heart into her songs, including the one Elton John sings on.
John Lee Hooker
Into the vaults for Bruce Pollock's 1984 conversation with the esteemed Bluesman. Hooker talks about transforming a Tony Bennett classic and why you don't have to be sad and lonely to write The Blues.