Talbot uses the powerful images of the potentially deadly incident as a metaphor for how lucky he is to be still alive after years of substance abuse.The swell of heaven on my dashboard
I can see my spinal cord swing high
For Talbot, it was a nadir of his alcohol and drug addiction. "It should have been a turning point," he told The Guardian
, "but it wasn't."
"A car crash is a violent image and we've always used violence – whether it's the violence of joy, the violence of love or the violence of grief – as a part of our vocabulary as musicians," Talbot continued. "It's important that I make sure people realise the unglamorous, violent nature of the cycle of alcoholism or drug abuse."