Noirer Than Noir Releases Gigs Lyrics Comments

Details

Author
Robyn Hitchcock
Performances
10

Releases

Title Artist Label Type Year
Patreon 2021 Robyn Hitchcock Internet 2021
Shufflemania! Robyn Hitchcock Tiny Ghost Records Album 2022

Gigs

Billed As Venue City State Country Date
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn and Emma's house London England UK December 30, 2020
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn and Emma's house London England UK January 29, 2021
Robyn Hitchcock Robyn and Emma's house London England UK October 19, 2022
Robyn Hitchcock Unknown Hotel Amsterdam Netherlands October 21, 2022
Robyn Hitchcock Unknown Hotel New York New York US November 05, 2022
Robyn Hitchcock Cafe Nine New Haven Connecticut US November 06, 2022
Robyn Hitchcock WFMU Give the Drummer Radio Jersey City New Jersey US November 07, 2022
Robyn Hitchcock Relix Media Group New York New York US November 08, 2022
Robyn Hitchcock WNYC - Soundcheck New York New York US November 08, 2022
Robyn Hitchcock 40 Watt Club Athens Georgia US November 10, 2022

Comments

Notes from Robyn on Patreon in 2021

“Noirer Than Noir” is an imaginary theme for an imaginary movie. It could even have been one of the films that George Harrison’s company Handmade Films made in the 1980s. The song’s protagonist loves the limelight and the shadows it casts, and feeds on their own personal dramas. I’m indebted to my friend the director Sebastian Gutierrez for some of the musical ideas, and for encouraging me to finish writing the piece: it’s been a long time gestating. Thanks also to Charlie Francis for fleshing this recording out with real bass and artificial marimba & vibes. Ideally you’d listen to this standing under a lamppost, with a cognac and cheroot, or the modern equivalent...

Lyrics

You’ve got to be noirer than Noir
You are
You’ve got to be fleet on your feet
You’ve got to be discreetly
Alone

You’ve got to be cool as the frost
Eliminate the dust
Alone on the phone to yourself
Who else can you trust?

If you don’t know what you’re there for
You’ll never know what you’re here for
And the sunlight wears you down

You’ve got to be noirer than Noir
You are
You never could say au revoir
Comme ça

If it was easy to love you
Wouldn’t everyone love you?
I wouldn’t bother doing anything at all
Unless I had to
I wouldn’t bother doing anything at all

You’ve got to be noirer than Noir
C’est ça
Vampire oh vampire oh vampire
Are you my dad?

The darkest thoughts in your head
Are crawling into your bed
And the sunlight wears you down

Oooh ooh noirer than Noir
Oooh ooh noirer than Noir
Oooh ooh noirer than Noir