I Feel Wrong (Homosexuality, Pt. 1)

Album: Euphoric Heartbreak (2011)
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Songfacts®:

  • Like "Stronger Than Dirt (Homosexuality, Pt. 2)," this track explores a gay relationship and feelings of shame from a first-person perspective. Both songs took shape on the way home from a party where a confrontation arose around two friends that frontman James Allan hadn't previously known were gay. "I thought I'd seen it all in terms of a love gained, a love lost, a love longed for. Or a love unwanted," he told NME: "But I heard one of the guys say to one of the other guys, 'I just can't feel at ease.' And the face. I'll never forget his face when he said it. And the other guy kind of held his hand and said, 'Don't worry, we'll get through it.' And when I saw that, it kind of blew my mind, because it was one of the most tender and romantic and fragile things I've ever seen in my life."
  • Allan revealed to Spinner that he agonized over the two "homosexuality" song titles, fearing that they would come across as too preachy and awkward. "I mean, even with the title I thought that sometimes I do things too literally and I wondered whether I should include the word 'homosexuality' and whether that was too clumsy," he explained. "And I wasn't sure because I wanted to avoid clumsiness but I think that if there's any part of that title that's uncomfortable then it's the word 'wrong.'"

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