Massive Attack – “Teardrop”

I’ve always been super curious about the meaning or inspiration for both the lyrics and the haunting vocals on this track. I found an interview with The Guardian where Elizabeth Fraser described an intense relationship she had with Jeff Buckley and his impact on the song.

“The news that Buckley had disappeared – he drowned, swimming in the Wolf river in Memphis – came while Fraser was recording Teardrop with Massive Attack. “That was so weird,” she says. “I’d got letters out and I was thinking about him. That song’s kind of about him – that’s how it feels to me anyway.” It seems she is haunted by guilt: for not being there for Buckley, for everything. As she puts it: “I need to forgive myself.”

Check out the full interview below:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2009/nov/26/cocteau-twins-elizabeth-fraser-interview