So when I’ve listened to this song over the last ten years, I’ve heard the emotion, I’ve heard the reality of someone left behind, torn apart, but strangely, until I considered writing about it, I’d never spotted the personal application. Because once, long ago, I went off travelling, and left someone behind. And she loved me, I think, and wanted more from me than at that time of my life I was prepared to give, and she could easily have said then of my maps of France, ‘Wait… they don’t love you like I love you.’
Karen O’s performance of the song in its video is heart-breaking. Towards the end, there are real tears. The emotion of what the song meant to her was obviously still raw. I imagine even now when she sings it, she is inside the emotion and it all comes back to her like it was yesterday.