This Blue World

Album: The Take Off and Landing of Everything (2014)
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  • This delicate Take Off and Landing of Everything opener revisits the couple in "Mirrorball" from The Seldom Seen Kid who "Kissed like we invented it." Frontman Guy Garvey told Q magazine: "It's toying with the idea that everything was leading up to that moment, that kiss. I think, really, I write about the same thing over and over again and explore different angles of it."
  • Garvey split up with his long-term girlfriend, journalist and novelist Emma Jane Unsworth, during the recording of Take Off and Landing of Everything, which led him to revise some of the album's lyrics. Talking about this song, the vocalist originally stated to Intelligent Life magazine, "It's almost saying, everything from the beginning of time was leading up to the day we met. So that's very romantic, but something I'm fond of doing, when I'm offering a huge romantic gesture, is to point out the realities as well."

    After the breakup Garvey admitted that the song that he thought, "was about this mythical mix of ex-girlfriends, it's really about her. It's this prophetic thing," he continued. "I added some lyrics at the end, about imagining her going on and having a family without me, which is tough to swallow."

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