Song of the Day #4,390: ‘Barcelona’ – Rufus Wainwright

This beautiful track is a highlight from Rufus Wainwright’s self-titled debut album, released way back in 1998.

‘Barcelona’ is a dark, moody song about fear and the desire to escape. The lyrics are informed by Wainwright’s rape at age 14 in a London Park during a time when HIV was at its peak. The line “don’t want my rings to fall off my fingers” refers to the weight loss associated with the disease.

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