Margo Price is sharing her latest song, titled “Lydia.” Price said in a statement: “I wrote ‘Lydia’ in one sitting in a tiny hotel room after walking around the city of Vancouver one day,” I was jet lagged and feeling really depressed, hopeless, but instead of taking a nap, I picked up the guitar and the words just flowed out all in one quick moment. I hit record on my phone to make a demo and sort of blacked out or went into this meditative state, and boom — eight minutes later, I had this song. It’s one of the only songs I’ve ever written that doesn’t have any real melody or even rhyme, but somehow it still works. Songs like that are rare and don’t come often.”
Price added, “It was inspired by a cacophony of things. There was a women’s health clinic and a methadone clinic with a needle exchange right outside of our venue. I was looking into the eyes of the people I passed and thinking about their stories and really being a conduit for pain. The song feels like a premonition now, with women’s rights being stripped and all the abortion bans happening. When I listen back, I hear what might go through a woman’s mind when she has a difficult decision to make about her body, her choices and her future.”
“Lydia” appears on Price’s upcoming album Strays, due out January 13th. She is also in the midst of a book tour for her memoir Maybe We’ll Make It. For tickets to all of Price’s upcoming tour dates, head to Ticketmaster.
You can listen to a live performance of ‘Lydia’ here. The video was shot at Nashville’s Downtown Presbyterian Church and backed by a string quartet of Chauntee Ross, Nicole Neely, Kristin Weber, and leader Larissa Maestro,
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