Martha

Album: All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu (2010)
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  • This turbulent mood-piece features conversational lyrics about Rufus' relationship with his younger sister, the singer Martha Wainwright. The song was inspired by the impending tragedy of their late mother Kate McGarrigle's. death. Wainwright explained to The Sun April 2, 2010: "I wrote it at a very intense time when my mother was in hospital and I was in Berlin. The song is about me trying to get hold of Martha. Everything was looking scary for Mum and I realized how important my relationship my relationship with my sister is.

    When you're dealing with the death of a parent, it makes sense why you're brother and sister. Martha loves the track though she's a bit annoyed with its tongue-in-cheek manner about never returning my calls. When she heard about it she said, 'Great, here I am pregnant and Mum's sick and you're attacking me on my phone etiquette. But once she heard the song she realized it was a love song and an emotional plea about us getting together. We'd fight when we were kids and Mum would say, 'You only have each other, so get over it' and now we know exactly what she meant."

Comments: 1

  • Serena Maile from Sudbury, Suffolk, U.k.Fabulous songs and songwriters and Amazing Artists. I love all of your Lyrics, Melodies and Beautiful and Soul inducing and Wonderful songs / Music. I can’t thank you and Martha and your parents etc. Enough !!
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