Annabel

Album: Tales Of Us (2013)
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Songfacts®:

  • This work of baroque instrumentation and hushed vocals finds Alison Goldfrapp sighing about a girl trapped in the body of a boy: "why couldn't they let you be both?"

    The song was inspired by Canadian short story writer and novelist Kathleen Winter's 2010 novel, Annabel, about a hermaphrodite who's raised as a boy but dreams of being a girl.
  • The song's black-and-white video was directed by Alison Goldfrapp's romantic partner, filmmaker Lisa Gunning. It follows the adventures of a little boy in the countryside who is accepted for his true self by his mother, played by the singer.

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