This pain... it is a glacier moving through you
July 23, 2013 6:20 AM Subscribe
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, the concluding track from John Grant
's 2013 album Pale Green Ghosts
is "the song that I wish I would have heard when I was a teenager".
Grant has written several songs about his struggles growing up in a family in which "homosexuality didn't feel like an option
". Much of his first album, Queen of Denmark
, dealt with his feelings of shame and isolation, exacerbated by drug use and depression.
Glacier strikes a very different note, tenderly reassuring the listener that "this pain, it is a glacier moving through you, carving out deep valleys and creating spectacular landscapes"
. In an interview with The Observer
, Grant said "It's interesting to watch the young gays these days, because they're so much less afraid in general, but there are still huge communities where it's not OK at all".
Here it is performed live
in a moving duet with Conor O'Brien.