Cain spoke about the new track in a press release. “This is the second song I wrote for this record, without the intention that it would become the ending,” she says. “Looking back, I can’t imagine a more perfect resolution to this lineage.
“I think subconsciously, this song was always the end of the road,” Cain continues. “It’s the realization that some things cannot be avoided, only accepted, and that just because it isn’t a happy ending doesn’t mean it’s a bad one. There is an ending in every beginning, and all things come back around in one strange way or another. You can’t change your past, nor anyone else’s, and the only real strength you have in this lifetime is your forgiveness.”
She also spoke about “Strangers” on Twitter. She revealed she wrote the song in about 10 minutes and was “my favorite song I’d ever written at the time…It’s one of the most special songs I’ve ever made.”
i wrote strangers in july 2018 in abt ten minutes. it was my favorite song i’d ever written at the time. i met my now best friend a few weeks later and played it for her the day we met on her roommates floor. it’s one of the most special songs i’ve ever made. hope u like ♡ pic.twitter.com/cgcqFX8oj9
— 𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐥 𝐜𝐚𝐢𝐧 (@mothercain) April 7, 2022
Ethel Cain appeared in issue 402 (22 For ’22), available here.
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