Ever Had a Little Faith?

Album: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance (2015)
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  • This track was written by Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch before the band's 1996's debut Tigermilk. Violinist Sarah Martin told NME: "We did it a few days after Lou Reed died. The song predates the band; it's a really old one. It came together really quickly and I guess we were in that Velvety frame of mind. I really love it."
  • Murdoch recalled to Drowned in Sound: "I stumbled over it a jotter from 1995 or so, and the tune came back to me immediately with every little twist and turn intact."

    "I didn't have to change much, I added the last verse," he continued. "I remember the feeling of writing it, and that's the important thing. I thought we (the band) could still get it in recording."
  • Murdoch explained the track's meaning: "The song was from back in the day, when I often imagined wayward heroines in the same predicament that I was in," he said. "I used to imagine the kind of person that if I wished I could run into, round the next corner."

    "The sentiment was based on a sermon that our then minister, John Christie, preached about simply getting through a dark night, and the hope of morning," Murdoch continued. "In this case he was talking about Easter Morning. I always used to leave the church a bit giddy, wondering for the rest of the day how all that stuff should be applied to the streets and tenements of my mouldy old town."
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