Album: New Moon Soundtrack (2009)


  • Timotej Zachrisson, who records under the stage name of Lykke Li, is a Swedish indie singer, who released her debut album Youth Novels in 2008. She wrote this song for the soundtrack of the 2009 movie New Moon.
  • Li told MTV News that it took her a long time to come up with this haunting piece of Chamber Pop. She explained: "Everyone kept asking me if I wanted to do it, how [the song] was going, when would I have it finished, and I was like, 'Eh, I don't know, maybe I'll do it, maybe I won't.' I mean, I had heard of the 'Twilight' phenomenon, but I didn't read the books or watch the first movie or anything. I mean, I'm Swedish."
    She added that finally the inspiration came to her watching New Moon. "I stayed [in Los Angeles] and watched the movie, when it only had green screen on it. I had this hook in my mind, even before I saw the movie, and then I was watching it, and I was like, 'That's the hook!' " she said. "So it was very much like a discovery, inside myself and musically. I had this song growing inside of me that I had to get out, and [the film] was the trigger. Because I really connected with Bella and Edward's tortured love story."
  • Lykke Li blogged bout the writing of the song: "I got to see New Moon when I was in LA for a show and an idea immediately rose to my mind," said the singer. "It would take a few weeks before I even had a chance to sit down by a piano but then suddenly I wrote it while having a few days off in Sweden just coming out of a fever...I'm really proud of it and hope you will love it and need it."
  • Li told MTV News about the lyrical content of this maudlin song concerning love, pain and death: "I get very visual when I make the songs. It's really quite serious. It's almost like a fever haze. It's very repetitive, like a mood you go into. But it's really serious, because, if you're really, really in love, and somebody leaves you, that's a very serious thing," Li explained. "And so the lyrics are like, 'When you walk, you walk like a thief with blood on your hands, because I die when you leave me.' It's in this limbo that, when the song is done, you don't know if I've survived or not. It's very much like a fever, like, 'Oh, my God, it's hot, she's going to die, maybe she did die?' It lingers on, into the next life. It's dark."
  • Clocking in at 5 minutes and 4 seconds, this is the longest track on the New Moon Soundtrack.

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  • Megan from Stevenson, AlHoly Crap!! I freakin' love this song! I love how her voice gets really high and powerful and the piano...gorgeous!
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