Come to me :: the 90’s

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“You know i’m waiting –
I love you endlessly.”

About the song:

“C’mon Billy” was the second single released on PJ Harvey’s 1995 album, To Bring You My Love.

Considered one of the more solemn tracks on the album, the song depicts a woman begging for the aforementioned Billy to come home and meet his son.

The song #29 on the U.K. Charts and had moderate airplay in the U.K.

The music video (see below) shows PJ Harvey in a saloon setting. While there she attempts to seduce a man there implied to be Billy. The video then shows imaginary home movies of Harvey, Billy, and a baby boy playing together in a park. Although the video impressed VH1 executives, they rejected it from being able to play on their channel because the video was seen as scary and off-putting.

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My thoughts:

To Bring You My Love was my first falling-in-love-with-PJ album. I would later fall for earlier releases, but THIS was the album that did it for me. This song was one of my early favorites, and I still love it. I have clung to it a few times for inspiration, and a character I am writing in a novel got his name from this song.

There is desperation in this song, there is anger and passion and love, loss and a sense of betrayal. PJ’s voice travels across that emotional landscape, not missing a one. There is an old Western feel to the music, something incredibly cinematic, which is also why I think I’ve turned to the song as muse for my own writing, and creating.

C’mon Billy :: PJ Harvey
from the album, To Bring You My Love

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lyriquediscorde

Los Angeles writer, dreamer and gypsy soul who harbors an obsessive love of music and lyrics, and writes about them with passion and insight, as well as sometimes waxing poetic on books, films and travel.

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