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John Grant's 'Glacier' is a Stunning Collage of LGBT History: MUSIC VIDEO

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"Glacier", a new video from singer-songwriter John Grant's sophomore album Pale Green Ghosts, is a stunning collage of clips and images that create a visual accompaniment to Grant's equally stunning composition.

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HIV Plus wrote of the album and track, in an August interview:

The trees are not the only ghosts in the album, which explores many small moments from the life of John Grant. From alcoholism, to drugs, to HIV, Grant has battled his more than his fair share of demons. Remarkably, Pale Green Ghosts, a haunting record born from Grant’s collaboration with Biggi Veira of the Icelandic electronica group GusGus, shares not only the pain of this journey, but also the beauty that blooms unexpectedly like flowers along a highway.

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Grant uses the image of the glacier, a large mass of ice that carves mountains and rivers in its crawl across a continent, to convey the emotional transformation that occurs during suffering. And transformation doesn’t always mean destruction. As the chorus states, the “glacier moving through you” becomes a means of “nourishing the ground” and “creating spectacular landscapes.” It’s a hopeful song that Grant wished he had heard when he was young.

“I wished I had heard somebody talking about the fact, you know, being gay didn’t make me less of a human than other people,” Grant said. “It takes a very, very long time to undo a lot of the damage [from this abuse].”

Watch and read the lyrics, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Lyrics:

You just want to live your life
The best way you know how
But they keep on telling you
That you are not allowed

They say you are sick
That you should hang your head in shame
They are pointing fingers
And want you to take the blame

There are days when people are
So nasty and convincing
They say things beyond belief
That sting and leave you wincing

And to boot they say their words
Come straight down from above
And they really seem to think
That what they're doing counts as love

This pain
It is a glacier moving through you
And carving out deep valleys
And creating spectacular landscapes
And nourishing the ground
With precious minerals and other stuff
So, don't you become paralyzed with fear
When things seem particularly rough

Don't you pay them f--kers as they say no never mind
They don't give two sh--s about you. It's the blind leading the blind
What they want is commonly referred to as theocracy
And what that boils down to is referred as hypocrisy

Don't listen to anyone; get answers on your own
Even if it means that sometimes you feel quite alone
No one on this planet can tell you what to believe
People like to talk a lot, and they like to deceive

This pain
It is a glacier moving through you
And carving out deep valleys
And creating spectacular landscapes
And nourishing the ground
With precious minerals and other stuff
So, don't you become paralyzed with fear
When things seem particularly rough

This pain
It is a glacier moving through you
And carving out deep valleys
And creating spectacular landscapes
And nourishing the ground
With precious minerals and other stuff
So, don't you become paralyzed with fear
When things seem particularly rough

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  1. Well, that was pretty great.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 15, 2014 2:56:02 PM


  2. he's an amazing performer live, too. great energy, fun band, terrific shows.

    Posted by: shanot | Jan 15, 2014 2:59:16 PM


  3. that just shattered me. truly incredible.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 15, 2014 3:09:38 PM


  4. That was amazing. The glacial pace sure has picked up in recent years, eh? The video could barely capture the speed and intensity of the recent advances in marriage equality - but that's a mere quibble. This is a fantastic pastiche of gay history that I hope every one of my Facebook friends will take 7 minutes to watch. It's so rad.

    Posted by: Zlick | Jan 15, 2014 3:12:05 PM


  5. Recognized several old friends, now deceased: Marty Robinson, Lance Loud.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 15, 2014 3:55:36 PM


  6. Amazing! This is especially poignant to me since I have lived through, and experienced most the changes that were shown and have occurred in the modern gay rights movement.

    Posted by: Howard B | Jan 15, 2014 4:44:38 PM


  7. Amazing! This is especially poignant to me since I have lived through, and experienced most the changes that were shown and have occurred in the modern gay rights movement.

    Posted by: Howard B | Jan 15, 2014 4:44:38 PM


  8. Amazing video - I just wished they'd been able to include some of the video of supporters in ME, MD, MN or WA getting the good news last November. However, it's nice that there's too much going on now to include even most of it in a video like this.

    Posted by: CPT_Doom | Jan 15, 2014 5:29:21 PM


  9. Powerful blending of images and music- a truly great music video.

    Posted by: jarago | Jan 15, 2014 5:29:22 PM


  10. Remarkable research and editing. And the song, whatever it's weaknesses has a staggeringly brilliant piano solo.
    Unforgettable work.

    Posted by: Dw | Jan 15, 2014 10:44:07 PM


  11. Meh. Seems like lots of movie images –

    So we have hitler and Woodrow Wilson & Robbie benson!
    But somehow he left out
    Walt Whitman
    Oscar wilde
    Frank Ohara
    Allan Ginsberg
    Barbara giddens
    Frank kamney
    Jasper johns
    Merce Cunningham
    The list goes on –

    HIV aids but no
    Keith herring or
    David Wojnarowicz
    It’s empty and ahistorical

    Posted by: j | Jan 15, 2014 11:20:42 PM


  12. thank you. more please.

    Posted by: don't a tell la | Jan 16, 2014 2:21:09 AM


  13. In a few days I'll be 77, and this is like seeing my life flash before my eyes. I have been in the front lines of the gay rights movement for over 40 years and knew many of our heroes as friends.I even have a few footnotes in our history. It's been a great ride from out of the closet into the Pride mode and getting towards that day of equal rights in America. I may not get there for that day, just as thousands and thousands fellow marchers. However for you who may now have joined the march... now is the time to recognize and appreciate those who came before you,gays and non-gays,in all fields... who helped knock down barriers,and fought back...THANK YOU HERE,THERE AND EVERYWHERE.

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Jan 16, 2014 4:07:20 AM


  14. Howard, Jerry, you guys are heroes

    Posted by: moi | Jan 16, 2014 9:17:34 AM


  15. Wonderful, so glad John made this video. The images are unforgettable, lovely tune as well.

    Posted by: ty | Jan 16, 2014 1:27:34 PM


  16. Glad to see John Grant getting coverage here. Pale Green Ghosts was a late 2013 discovery for me and quickly vaulted into my top five albums for the year. Funny and emotional with some cool electronic embellishments.

    This video for "Glacier" (the album closer) is quite a document.

    Posted by: Movies On A Plane | Jan 17, 2014 10:00:18 AM


  17. With the exception of the Pussy Riot references, this wasn't nearly as international in scope as it should have been. The US mightbe making strides toward equality now, but equality was achieved in other countries 10+ years ago – those achievements are just as relevant and valid as any occurring in the US.

    Posted by: Knock | Jan 17, 2014 10:53:07 AM


  18. Laughable...
    This passes for "deep lyrics"?

    With precious minerals and other stuff
    So, don't you become paralyzed with fear
    When things seem particularly rough

    Stuff, rough... black black fluff.

    Posted by: Connor | May 1, 2014 6:24:30 AM


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