Bat for Lashes – Daniel

Studying poetry has made me more picky about the musical artists that I truly appreciate. Frankly, it’s difficult to use end rhyme these days without sounding cheesy or falling into clichéd language. Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes is a multitalented woman, who writes and composes all of her music – typically on her own, although sometimes collaboratively. You’ll notice her artistic talent also leaks into her weird and surreal music videos as well. She does a phenomenal job of writing her songs in a poetic manner – utilizing lyricism and assonance in place of more conspicuous rhyme. This is one of my favorite songs from her sophomore album “Two Suns.”

Daniel, when I first saw you
I knew that you had a flame in your heart
And under wild blue skies
Marble movie skies
I found a home in your eyes
We’ll never be apart

And when the fires came
The smell of cinders and rain
Perfumed almost everything
We laughed and laughed and laughed

And in the golden blue
Crying took me to
The darkest place you knew
And set fire to my heart

When I run in the dark, Daniel
To a place that’s vast, Daniel
Under a sheet of rain in my heart, Daniel
I dream of home

But in a goodbye bed
With my arms around your neck
Into our mouths the tears crept
Just kids in the eye of the storm

And as my house spun round
My dreams pulled me from the ground
Forever to search for the flame
For home again
For home again

When I run in the dark, Daniel
Into a place that’s vast, Daniel
Under a sheet of rain in my heart, Daniel
I dream of home

When I run in the dark, Daniel
Into a place that’s vast, Daniel
Under a sheet of rain in my heart, Daniel
I dream of home

Do you have any favorite artists who you think push past the boundaries of typical songwriting? What music inspires you?

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