Who’s That Girl… In the Song

Here are the stories behind these 11 songs "about a girl"

Have you ever heard a song about a girl and thought who is she? Or what a lucky girl! Is she real? Did she ever exist or did the songwriter just make her up? Here is your chance to find out. I think my favourite story is about Delilah. Enjoy!

Band of Horses – Annabelle – Annabelle is actually lead singer Ben Bridwell’s unborn daughter. He wrote the beautiful ballad when his wife was pregnant with their first child. Awww. Annabelle was born in 2008. The couple had a second daughter named Ivy in November 2010.


 

The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger – Chelsea Dagger is actually a stage name for lead singer Jon Fratelli’s wife. She worked as a burlesque dancer at Club Noir in Glasgow (the Guinness World Records largest burlesque club in the world). Her real name is Heather.


 

Ray LaMontagne – Meg White – Ray LaMontagne wrote this tune as an ode to White Stripes drummer Meg White. He once said in an interview that he hopes she doesn’t think it’s ridiculous. Indie88 presents Ray Lamontagne at Massey Hall May 6th and 7th.


 

Pixies – Allison – This song is a tribute to the American jazz pianist and vocalist Mose Allison. Allison was a major influence on a number of 1960s R&B bands including The Rolling Stones and The Who.


 

Arctic Monkeys – Arabella – This title combines the names of frontman Alex Turner’s girlfriend (Arielle Vandenberg) and Jane Fonda’s character from the movie Barberella.


 

Vampire Weekend – Diane Young – Diane Young is not about a woman at all. It is actually a play on the words “dying young”.


 

Plain White T’s – Hey There Delilah – Delilah was the girl that got away. Lead singer Tom Higgenson met her through a friend and thought she was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. While flirting with Delilah DiCrescenzo he joked about already writing a song about her. He hadn’t….yet. Delilah was already dating someone and not interested in Tom 🙁


 

Ramones – Sheena Is A Punk Rocker – The Ramones pay tribute to TV character Sheena, Queen of the Jungle in this track. Sheena was like a female Tarzan character on TV in the 40s and 50s.


 

The National – Murder Me Rachael – This song is about Matt Berninger’s older sister, Rachael. He said in an interview that he was “kind of reaching out to her”.


 

Nirvana – Polly – This story is sad. It’s about the actual kidnapping of a 14 year old girl in 1987. She was abducted after a concert in Tacoma, Washington. After being held for quite some time…she escaped when the kidnapper stopped to get gas. Gerald Friend was convicted and sent to jail.


And what would a “Candice” blog be without a little Hall & Oates.
 

Hall & Oates – Sara Smile – Daryl Hall wrote this song for his then collaborator and girlfriend Sara Allen.


 

Check Indie88.com next week for Songs with Boy Names in the Title.