Song of the Day, May 14: Fabulous Garden by Kirsty MacColl

KirstyFabGardToday’s song is a hidden gem by pop genius Kirsty MacColl. For a few years in the late 80s and early 90s, MacColl was everywhere. Her vocals graced albums by a wide array of artists and she turned out a steady stream of her own wonderful discs. She was writing so many songs that some great tracks wound up relegated to bonus and b-side status.

One such standout appeared as the B-side to the single Can’t Stop Killing You from Titanic Days. A bitter dissection of a failed relationship, it features some smart lyrics and a lush delivery. Musically it comes across like a sweet love song and MacColl’s nicely understated delivery makes the sting in its tail even more effective.

If I gave you an inch for every time I was hurt
I’d be pushing up daisies six feet under the dirt
And if you gave me a flower for every broken vow
We’d have a fabulous garden by now

Enjoy this great song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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