Death Take Your Fiddle

  • songfacts ®
  • Lyrics
  • Jason Pierce of Spiritualized told the Sun newspaper May 23, 2008: "Death Take Your Fiddle is about being close to death in the same way that 'Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space' was about floating in space. If you understand life isn't worth living unless you are close to death, it makes sense of life. And the closer you get to it, the more you realize that."
  • Pierce has denied in interviews that the album was inspired by a spell in intensive care he experienced after a bout of double pneumonia, but its title, Songs in A&E, appear to contradict him. He explained to the London Times May 16, 2008: "The songs were written before it happened. Although when I returned to them over a year later I was trying to capture that low-level atmosphere you find in hospitals. You get this sense that if people were given a chance they'd all run around with their arms in the air, screaming: 'We're in trouble!' But there is a lid on it; the atmosphere is held down by the fact that everything is supposed to be calm and clean."
  • The album contains a number of sonic references to this near-death experience such as the breathing sound on this track. The use of breathing was done by means of an accordion without the keys being pressed.
  • The album sleeve features photography by Anton Corbijn, who also did the photography for Annie Lennox's Diva album and directed the video's for U2's "One" and The Killers' "Andy, You're A Star." The sleeve's photography features catheters and various other hospital accouterments. Pierce explained the thinking behind it to the Observer Music Monthly March 2008: "The decision to use the little plastic catheters that connect the IV drip to your vein was because they kind of looked like crosses. They are so small and simple that people don't really place much importance on them. For some people, though, these small, simple things are the most important things in the world. They save lives."
Please sign in or register to post comments.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Sub Pop Founder Bruce Pavitt On How To Create A Music SceneSong Writing

With $50 and a glue stick, Bruce Pavitt created Sub Pop, a fanzine-turned-label that gave the world Nirvana and grunge. He explains how motivated individuals can shift culture.

American Hits With Foreign TitlesSong Writing

What are the biggest US hits with French, Spanish (not "Rico Suave"), Italian, Scottish, Greek, and Japanese titles?

Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of WayneSongwriter Interviews

The guy who brought us "Stacy's Mom" also wrote the Jane Lynch Emmy song and Stephen Colbert's Christmas songs.

Who's Johnny, And Why Does He Show Up In So Many SongsSong Writing

For songwriters, Johnny represents the American man. He has been angry, cool, magic, a rebel and, of course, marching home.

Narada Michael Walden - "Freeway of Love"They're Playing My Song

As a songwriter and producer, Narada had hits with Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Starship. But what song does he feel had the greatest impact on his career?

Women Who RockSong Writing

Evelyn McDonnell, editor of the book Women Who Rock, on why the Supremes are just as important as Bob Dylan.