Charlotte Gainsbourg’s Song Reflects Serpent Queen Philosophy

Another beautiful rebellious song closed the episode of The Serpent Queen, already officially generating the weekly anticipation for what will be the next one.

I’ve already talked about the two previous ones here, the debut with Patti Smith and later, PJ Harvey. In the third episode, the chosen one was the very original Charlotte Gainsbourg. The song? Bombs Away.

Bombs Away is part of the 2018 EP, Take 2. Considered one of the best works by the artist, who went 7 years without releasing new material, the lyrics apply to the moment of Catherine of Médicis, who had to sacrifice a supporter to survive.

Take 2 was produced by SebastiAn (Frank Ocean) and regarded by critics as one of the singer’s most personal, mixing modern electro-pop songs with “bruised, introspective and occasionally unsettling” lyrics. Like Bombs Away.

The lyrics reflect the insecurity of human relationships and, in this case, the future queen’s unlikely partnership with her archenemy, Diane de Poitiers: Enemies will never be friends, she warns.

Perfect!

The Queen is marching back to Paris tonight
The priests are praying and preparing the rites
Another animal gets drowned in the Seine
Enemies, enemies will never be friends

The city’s artifacts are thrown into bags
The safe’s been blown apart, the river’s been dragged
Another diver’s got a case of the bends
Enemies, enemies will never be friends

Bombs away
It’s a pain but not a shock
Bombs away
Let that old Gomorrah rock
Bombs away
Let the fires light the road
Bombs away
The metropolis explodes

The Queen is marching back to London tonight
The new regime is hunkered down for a fight
Another animal gets drowned in the Thames
Enemies, enemies will never be friends

The city’s quiet and awaiting the Blitz
A candle’s lit where old Victoria sits
Babylon’s burning and a dynasty ends
Enemies, enemies will never be friends

Bombs away
It’s a pain but not a shock
Bombs away
Let that old Gomorrah rock
Bombs away
Let the fires light the road
Bombs away
The metropolis explodes

The Queen is marching back to Paris tonight
The priests are praying and preparing the rites
I saw reflections of this world in the Seine
I saw the Amazon, the Rhine and the Thames

The times I tried to get away from it all
Just left me standing with my back to the wall
Another strategy regarding my heart
All these explosions are a shot in the dark

Bombs away
It’s a pain but not a shock
Bombs away
Let that old Gomorrah rock
Bombs away
Let the fires light the road
Bombs away
The metropolis explodes

Bombs away
It’s a pain but not a shock
Bombs away
Let that old Gomorrah rock
Bombs away
Let the fires light the road
Bombs away
The metropolis explodes

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