Arab Strap – New Birds (1998)
An exquisite record.
In six minutes, Aidan Moffat applies a lyrical scalpel to expose the dilemma between temptation and loyalty; infidelity and fidelity ….
Spoiler alert – loyalty wins …. beautifully. It must be the right outcome.
She says she’s been going out with him now for about two and a half years, but they don’t live together so he’d never find out. And you think about chasing her about school when you were wee and lying in your bed and listening to love songs and pretending they were about you. And the first time you asked her out she said no but one night you went to a wedding and when you came back to the pub she’s changed her mind and you went out. You remember the way she swung her arms when she held your hand but you can’t remember how she kissed and now you’ve got the chance to find out.
But you have to remember there’s this other kiss. She’s at home, wondering where you are and what you’re doing. And you work hard on this kiss and you know it inside out, it’s as much yours as it is hers,And it took a long time to get right, it took months of practice and months of embarassment but now you’ve got it perfected and you’ve been looking forward to that kiss all week.
The original album track and then a slightly inebriated version from T in the Park ’98 and, finally, live in Tokyo on their final tour in 2006! A perfect record.