This breakup ballad finds an anguished Lykke Li longing to get her lover back. Speaking with NME, the Swedish songstress explained how the ending of a relationship had a major impact on the writing of her I Never Learn album. "It's always about me and the guilt and the shame and the hurt and the pride and the confusion of being a woman," she said.
Lykke Li: "I wrote 'Gunshot' straight after a meditation and the lyrics just came out of violent words, 'I'm longing for your poison like a cancer for its prey, I shot an arrow in your heart where you waited in the rain'. So this is also the moment in a relationship where you've f--ked up and some things you can never take back. I think that a lot of people can relate to that moment where it's just gone forever."
The song's music video was directed by Fleur & Manu (M83's "Midnight City") and filmed in Paris. It finds Lykke Li dancing as if convulsing from the song's titular gunshot wound.
The song soundtracked an international TV commercial for the Peugeot 108, which starred Li. Many were prompted to find out more about the track – it was the most Shazamed tune to feature in a UK advert in 2014.
Two tears roll down Sinead O'Connor's face. toward the end of the video for "Nothing Compares 2 U." They were shed because she associated the song's lyrics of love and loss with her mother, who was killed in a car accident in 1985.