To Survive

Album: To Survive (2008)
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  • Joan as Police Woman is a New York trio made up of frontwoman Joan Wasser together with bassist Rainy Orteca and drummer Parker Kindred. Their name comes from a friend's assertion that Wasser looked like Angie Dickinson in 1970s cop show Policewoman.
  • This song addresses Joan Wasser's need to move forward after the frontwoman lost her mother to cancer. She explained to the Independent newspaper June 6, 2008: "'To Survive' is spoken from her point of view. Part of it's a lullaby - imagining her singing to me as I'm going to sleep, and feeling regular childhood fears, of the darkness."
  • Wasser was Jeff Buckley's girlfriend when he drowned in Wolf River, Tennessee, in 1997. He wrote "Everybody Here Wants You" from his posthumous Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk album as a love song for her.


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