Romantical Man

Album: Unfollow The Rules (2020)
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  • Sarah Siddons overlooking the motorway
    Paddington Green certainly isn't what it used to be
    Got a feeling London is calling me
    Or could it be that I'm simply trying to run away

    Rufus Wainwright told Mojo magazine his sweeping, orchestral ode to England's capital was "inspired by walking across London and how the city engenders itself to getting lost in its history."
  • Wainwright explained to Q magazine that the song title comes from the fact that he'll, "always be a dandy and London supplies the goods in terms of that existence!"
  • Wainwright did a lot of soul searching when writing his Unfollow The Rules album, which was produced by Mitchell Froom. He had spent the last few years immersed in writing the opera Hadrian, a rewarding was draining adventure that left him with a hankering for writing traditional pop songs. Tracks like "Romantical Man" find him looking at life in his 40s with a legacy to build on and a store of wisdom. "Many songwriters improve with age," he said, citing Leonard Cohen as an example.


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