Beijing

Album: Wooden Arms (2009)

Songfacts®:

  • Patrick Watson is both the name of a Canadian singer-songwriter and the experimental indie rock band that he fronts. This track is taken from Wooden Arms, their Polaris Music Prize nominated third album. The frontman explained to HK magazine that this song is, "actually more inspired by the idea behind the film Being John Malkovich. The day I wrote the song, someone beside me wouldn't stop talking about moving there and it made me think of waking up in someone else's life in Beijing. I'm so excited to finally go there."
  • Watson has been known to use unusual objects to make sounds for his music. For example, he "played" a bicycle in the studio for this song.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Zakk WyldeSongwriter Interviews

When he was playing Ozzfest with Black Label Society, a kid told Zakk he was the best Ozzy guitarist - Zakk had to correct him.

Spot The Real Red Hot Chili Peppers Song TitlesMusic Quiz

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have some rather unusual song titles - see if you can spot the real ones.

Phone Booth SongsSong Writing

Phone booths are nearly extinct, but they provided storylines for some of the most profound songs of the pre-cell phone era.

Little RichardFact or Fiction

Was Long Tall Sally a cross-dresser? Did he really set his piano on fire? See if you know the real stories about one of rock's greatest innovators.

Marc Campbell - "88 Lines About 44 Women"They're Playing My Song

The Nails lead singer Marc Campbell talks about those 44 women he sings about over a stock Casio keyboard track. He's married to one of them now - you might be surprised which.

Yacht Rock!Song Writing

A scholarly analysis of yacht rock favorites ("Steal Away," "Baker Street"...) with a member of the leading YR cover band.