Graves

Album: Love Is Dead (2018)

Songfacts®:

  • On September 2, 2015, the tiny body of three-year-old Alan Kurdi was found washed up on a Turkish tourist beach. He and his family were Syrian refugees trying to reach Europe amid the European refugee crisis. Photographs of his drowned body were taken by Turkish journalist Nilüfer Demir and quickly spread around the world, making global headlines. Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry references the tragedy during this song in which she criticizes the general populace's apathy to such issues that don't directly affect them.

    They're leaving bodies in stairwells
    Washing up on the shore
    Do you really expect us to care what you're waiting for?
    When you're high in your castle, keeping an eye on the door


    The song's verses came very quickly to Mayberry. She told Pitchfork: "The main stimulus was seeing people with power choose to not reference things and never be held accountable because it's not relevant to them. The only reason you can say those things is because you're so f---ing privileged that you don't need to worry about it."

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