Never One Thing

Album: Mother Lion (2017)

Songfacts®:

  • This is the first release from the Michigan singer-songwriter May Erlewine's album, Mother Lion, which was produced by Tyler Duncan. Erlewine told us:

    "The song 'Never One Thing' was inspired by the Walt Whitman verse:

    I am large, I contain multitudes

    It is a song about personal revolution and accepting and caring for all parts of ourselves. It is both a triumphant burst from the confines of society and a plea to be released from the captivity of labels and generalizations."
  • "The video was inspired by Frida Kahlo's self-portraits and the many ways she explored her image," Erlewine explained. "I saw this GIF and was so moved by how honestly she accepted all of her "selves." I wanted to recreate this imagery but with different women on film. The shots speak to the complexity of the pressures of being objects of beauty vs. being a feeling human. I asked all of the women to embrace the pain of the limitations in their lives, while also honoring the empowerment of self acceptance."
  • Many of the songs from the album have poems to accompany them. The poem for "Never One Thing" is is entitled, Too Wide:

    Your eyes are asking
    And
    the sun warms my heart without knowing
    The moon leaves her doors open to the sky
    Do not mold me
    The world is too wide

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Rupert HineSongwriter Interviews

Producer Rupert Hine talks about crafting hits for Tina Turner, Howard Jones and The Fixx.

Annie Haslam of RenaissanceSongwriter Interviews

The 5-octave voice of the classical rock band Renaissance, Annie is big on creative expression. In this talk, she covers Roy Wood, the history of the band, and where all the money went in the '70s.

Edwin McCainSongwriter Interviews

"I'll Be" was what Edwin called his "Hail Mary" song. He says it proves "intention of the songwriter is 180 degrees from potential interpretation by an audience."

dUg Pinnick of King's XSongwriter Interviews

dUg dIgs into his King's X metal classics and his many side projects, including the one with Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam.

Lajon Witherspoon of SevendustSongwriter Interviews

The Sevendust frontman talks about the group's songwriting process, and how trips to the Murder Bar helped forge their latest album.

Laura NyroSongwriting Legends In Their Own Words

Laura Nyro talks about her complex, emotionally rich songwriting and how she supports women's culture through her art.