The Emperor's New Clothes

Album: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got (1990)
Charted: 31 60
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Songfacts®:

  • O'Connor was 20 years old when she released her first single ("Troy") and had a son with her drummer, John Reynolds. Blessed with tremendous talent and a rebellious streak, she was offered lots of advice, which she often ignored. In this song, she works out the frustrations that come with being an unmarried young mother in an Irish Catholic family with a conflicted boyfriend and a burgeoning music career.
  • The Emperor's New Clothes is a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen. In the story, the emperor orders fine clothing, and is given nothing but told that what he is wearing is magnificent, but invisible to underlings. When he parades naked down the street, the people pretend to marvel at his clothes until a child points out that he is naked. You can see how O'Connor relates the story to those who judge her. (For more, check out "The King's New Clothes.")
  • This was the follow-up to "Nothing Compares 2 U." It was a major hit in her home country and a moderate one in the US. It kept her career momentum going until 1992, when her inflammatory and strange behavior caused a backlash. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA

Comments: 6

  • Pj from NycSinead O'Connor is like real food whole grains, greens anything real without processing or sugar and hard to tolerate after all the crap that has been fed
  • Anonymous"inflammatory and strange behavior" is based on misunderstanding and a lack of information
  • Ross Olsen from 55060Divine truth seeker doing it with style and balls. Love you beautiful person!
  • Todd Glass"Strange" behavior? Inflammatory, maybe, but strange? Nah, just because it made you mad doesn't make is strange.
  • Kramo from Toronto, CanadaI agree. Great song. But I can't listen to her anymore. It's too painful. Like listening to someone go crazy.
  • Claude from Kingston, MaOk, I'll make the first comment. This is a great song. Thank you.
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