Need a new start and a different time
James has professed that he had major problems singing the lyrics for Born a Girl. A likely reason for it being only played about once or twice live as well. Born a Girl is Wire at his most naked and vulnerable, an extremely personal lyric that perhaps would have been sung by Wire himself if it had appeared later on the band’s career. In that case however it’d lose a lot of its current power – James’ vocal performance is an important part of the song.
This Is My Truth’s instrumental experimentation shows up once again on this track. The guest star this time is an accordion (played by the live keyboard player Nick Nasmyth, as a rather surprising trivia). Sounds fantastic and gives the song the sort of musical fragility it needs, as a contrast to the careless strumming James works out from his guitar on the choruses – the verses played lightly and subtly in a very beautiful fashion.
God knows how much of the lyrics for this one are fully honest, but they certainly make a fantastic text and the core of a haunting song. The most quiet and most haunting moment on the album.