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Album: Lupercalia (2011)

Songfacts®:

  • The third single from Patrick Wolf's fifth studio album Lupercalia finds the English singer-songwriter singing of contentment at home with a lover. Written and produced by Wolf, it was released as a digital download on May 8, 2011.
  • Wolf alludes to Thomas Hardy's novel Return of the Native in the chorus, and also cites poets William Butler Yeats and Dylan Thomas in the second verse.
  • The album title refers to the Lupercalia festival, which is was an ancient fertility and love festival that the ancient Romans celebrated between February 13-15, and was the predecessor to Valentine's Day. Wolf explained to Digital Spy: " Songs about love are obviously the most common theme in pop music, but I wanted to approach it in a way that hadn't been done before."
  • The song's music video was filmed in Los Angeles in April 2011 and directed by Andy Bruntel, who has also created visuals for Modest Mouse and Liars. It sees the singer sharing his house with various animals and elaborates on the song's themes of domestic contentment. Wolf wears a bespoke "Rousseau" suit designed by luxury fashion house, Alexander McQueen, in the clip.

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