Back in July, I wondered if the Bat for Lashes song "Laura" was about Laura Palmer. See. Well, last week I spoke with Bat for Lashes mastermind Natasha Khan as she was prepping for the first show of her tour. It was a short interview, but this was on the top of my list of interview questions:
IS "LAURA" ABOUT LAURA PALMER?! I MUST KNOW!
Well, here's the answer, straight from the Bat's mouth:
I guess the story’s in the lyrics. It was written about a close friend of mine, my experience I had with that person at a party and the aftermath of the party. But really I think that’s my own personal story that I don’t really want people to think about too much when they hear the song, because I think it’s the type of song that people take into their own hearts. It seems to affect people and they have their own story or their own Laura or their own memories of being like Laura. I think there’s a universal theme about vulnerability, escapism, and the way human beings try to be dazzling and fabulous and beautiful even when they’re really hurting on the inside. We all understand that. Sometimes we want to drink and dance on the tables and escape that feeling. It’s saying sometimes the real person and their vulnerability is really beautiful, and it doesn’t have to be sparkly and perfect.
BUT IS IT ABOUT LAURA PALMER, NATASHA? YOUR VIDEO HAS RED CURTAINS AND AN AUTOPSY-LOOKING TABLE AND LAURA PALMER WAS ALSO STUCK IN A PALE-BLUE DREAM (KINDA).
People have said that [it reminds them of Laura Palmer]. I loved Twin Peaks when I was younger. It was on TV and I was so scared and freaked out by it, but I was really compelled to keep watching.
Well, I guess the answer is no, it's not about Laura Palmer. But she is a fan. Hmm, unless maybe Natasha's real name is Donna Hayward and that friend she was talking about was...
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