The Gypsy Faerie Queen

Album: Negative Capability (2018)
  • Marianne Faithfull wrote this song with Nick Cave. The pair previously joined forces on the haunting ballad "Late Victorian Holocaust," a track from her 2014 album Give My Love to London.
  • Faithfull told Mojo the collaboration with Cave took some wrangling. "It's a little miracle," she said. "I asked him if he would put music to it and he wrote back saying 'I'm so busy.' I said, 'I understand sorry to bother you.' Then he just wrote back, 'Thank you so much for understanding; here's the song.' It's just gorgeous."
  • The song is sung by Puck from Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. Faithfull explained it's about "the Gypsy Faerie Queen who walks the land with her blackthorn staff, wears moleskins and a crown of rowanberries, and is followed by Puck everywhere. She doesn't speak anymore, she sings."
  • The song was released as the lead single from Negative Capability. The album's title is a reference to the phrase "negative capability" that was used by Romantic poet John Keats in 1817 in a letter to his brothers. Faithfull explained: "It's a phrase from a Keats letter that I'd known about for a long time, and I think it's a wonderful, strong thing to call something."


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