Taylor Swift opens up about Glasgow band that always makes her cry

Taylor Swift opens up about Glasgow band that always makes her cry

Taylor Swift has paid tribute to a little known Scottish music act on her eagerly anticipated new album The Tortured poet Department.

The break-up song Guilty As Sin recalls being given a song by Glasgow trio The Blue Nile by an ex-boyfriend, believed to be either the 1975’s Matty Healy or British actor Joe Alwyn.

 

 

She claims in the song that every time she listens to the Blue Nile’s haunting 1989 song Downtown Lights which still makes her cry every time she hears it she breaks down in tears.

The lyrics which were leaked online begin and end, “Drowning in the Blue Nile, He sent me Downtown Lights, I hadn’t heard it in a while, My boredom’s bone deep, This cage was once just fine, Am I allowed to cry?”

 

 

Swift broke up with Alwyn in April of last year before a controversial fling with Healy the following month. Many music fans believe The Blue Nile to have been the best Scottish group of all time though their commercial success was limited.

The song Downtown Lights featured on their 1989 album Hats. The group, Paul Buchanan, Robert Bell and Paul Joseph Moore, were active from 1981 – 2004 and released a single on the RSO label before their debut album A Walk Across The Rooftops was released in 1984 on the Linn label.

 

 

It is widely hailed as a classic and featured the mournful single Tinseltown in the Rain, which reached No28 in the charts. The Blue Nile counted established artists including Peter Gabriel and Rickie Lee Jones among their fans and also released the 1996 album Peace At Last and 2004’s High, both of which made the Top 20.

The band members gained a reputation for their avoidance of publicity, idiosyncratic dealings with the recording industry and their perfectionism and slow work rate, which resulted in the release of just four albums since the group’s formation in 1981.

 

 

Edinburgh-born Buchanan who was the singer of The Blue Nile later forged a critically acclaimed solo career.

One of their other well loved songs was 1990’s Headlights on the Parade.

Last night, an insider said: “Taylor loves The Blue Nile and thinks the group are different class and yes she was introduced to the band by a former love. The lyrics speak for themselves.”

At the time of writing, just a handful of people on social media had twigged to the significance of the lyrics to the song, with some predicting it would mean a resurgence of interest in The Blue Nile.

 

 

The full lyrics to the song Guilty of Sin also include, “I keep recalling things we never did, Messy top lip kiss, how I long for our tryst, Without ever touching his skin, How can I be guilty as sin?”

The full lyrics to the song Guilty of Sin also include, “I keep recalling things we never did, Messy top lip kiss, how I long for our tryst, Without ever touching his skin, How can I be guilty as sin?”

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