A message from Clare Bowditch 27/5/2010
Hello - Clare here.
I woke up early one morning in 2009 and decided to write an album about addiction, sex, money, eating-disorders, politics, war, love, and those poor deprived children whose horrible parents don’t buy them enough designer clothes to allow them a good start in life.
I began with the one about war (“The Start of War”), and now follow up with this one, the one about money, or more specifically, “Bigger Than The Money”.
“Bigger Than The Money” is a song about me and my friend Randy*. One night, after a massive bender, we both got a little bit overtired and grumpy and started fighting about who should pay for my last drink. Now normally, I would offer, because I’m really really rich. On this particular morning, however, I wasn’t going to budge, mainly because I was annoyed at him for leaving me at the bar alone whilst he talked to some “lady” about “business interests”. Whatever.
Anyway, I got so angry and righteous that I lost my voice, literally. I went to a European Doctor (being in Europe at the time you see), who gave me an official note stating: “This woman cannot talk, whisper, or make any noise, under Doctor’s orders”. Although I am naturally rebellious, so I defied the Doctor and made up this song, “Bigger Than The Money”, which I whispered into a secret recording device on my phone.
About the note: I carried this note with me wherever I went, and got what I wanted using hand-gestures. Europeans assumed I too was European, and also that I was deaf and mute! They made lots of hand gestures back at me, and smiled when I could not read their European handwriting (I just shrugged). They were really very kind to me after this! In fact, they loved me, and I realised I must never ever try to speak European in Europe again. I still carry that note with me to this day. If you want to borrow it, you can.
In the end, Randy* and I decided that instead of fighting, we should just leave the bar quickly. We also have plans to donate the four euro to charity, at some later date. Last I heard Randy was doing just fine.
And so am I.
I hope you enjoy this song, Bigger Than the Money. Take it Away.
Clare Bowditch (aka Lady Bowdo)
*Just between you and me, his name really isn’t Randy. It’s Ruudy, which everyone seems to have trouble pronouncing. If we just call him Randy, the story will work heaps better. Besides, it’s important to be careful with swear words like "Ruudy".