If The Answer Is Yeah

Album: Out of All This Blue (2017)


  • This swaggering love-me-or-leave-me song was written by Waterboys frontman Mike Scott. He's looking for a girl who makes her own light and is down for a cuddle tonight. It also helps if she has good taste in TV and fashion.
  • Songs like this are typically the domain of the young, but in the video, directed by Yoni Weisberg, the 71-year-old Clive Russell (Brynden Tully on Game of Thrones). lip-synchs the song to the equally mature Sharon Elder, whom he snogs at the end. Regarding the casting of Russell, Mike Scott said, "We all thought he was the right guy, and it wasn't because he was a particular age. It was just because he had the right humor and self-awareness that would work. It does make this point: Why should older people not be sexy and court and have a love life. It's a ridiculous notion that anyone that's sexy has to be young." (Quote from our interview with Scott.)


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