Alarm

Album: Speak Your Mind (2016)
Charted: 16
  • songfacts ®
  • Artistfacts ®
  • Lyrics
  • British singer-songwriter Anne-Marie is a former child star. She started performing professionally in musical theatre at the age of six and starred alongside a young Jessie J in Andrew Lloyd Webber's West End production of Whistle Down The Wind. Alongside singing and dancing, Anne-Marie trains in karate, where she's a three-time world champion in the shotokan discipline.
  • Anne-Marie penned this cautionary narrative when she was concerned that a boyfriend was going to dump her. "It's about a boy who was with someone else, then we got together and he left her," she explained to Q magazine. "I was constantly thinking 'you could do that to me.'"
  • Fancy some etymology? The word "alarm" started out as the exclamation "to arms!" coming from Italian all' arme! The spelling "alarum" existed in English in early times because the "r" was rolled when pronouncing the word. This led to one of Shakespeare's choice stage directions "alarums and excursions", found in Henry VI and Richard III. The a stage direction meant that all the extras dressed as soldiers were to dash about the stage shouting "To arms,!" giving the impression of embarking on military action.
  • Other artists that have sung songs with the word "alarm" in the title include Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Scars On 45 and Josh Groban.
Please sign in or register to post comments.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Rick SpringfieldSongwriter Interviews

Rick has a surprising dark side, a strong feminine side and, in a certain TV show, a naked backside. But he still hasn't found Jessie's Girl.

Chris Robinson of The Black CrowesSongwriter Interviews

"Great songwriters don't necessarily have hit songs," says Chris. He's written a bunch, but his fans are more interested in the intricate jams.

John Lee HookerSongwriter Interviews

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.

Tim Butler of The Psychedelic FursSongwriter Interviews

Tim and his brother Richard are the Furs' foundation; Tim explains how they write and tells the story of "Pretty In Pink."

Director Nick Morris ("The Final Countdown")Song Writing

Nick made some of the biggest videos on MTV, including "The Final Countdown," "Heaven" and "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)."

Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike + The Mechanics)Songwriter Interviews

Mike talks about the "Silent Running" storyline and "Land Of Confusion" in the age of Trump.