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Piney Gir presents Purple Heart

Cult singer songwriter Piney Gir returns with new album mR. hYDE'S wILD rIDE, and a beautiful new single in the form or Purple Heart. Here she explains what inspired the song, and introduces the video.

Written by Amelia Gregory

mR-hYDE'S-wILD-rIDE Piney Gir
The Purple Heart is literally a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those wounded or killed in war. My grandfather was awarded a Purple Heart medal in World War 2, but he never spoke of his time in the war. I was always intrigued by the bravery and scars he must have had (both physical and emotional) from his time spent in the war.


The year I wrote the album mR. hYDE’S wILD rIDE I was having a really difficult year, with things around me spinning out of control, my work, my life, punctuated by death. It was a hard year. I used this song as a metaphor for what I was feeling, the swelling challenges of forging a path, the artists’ walk is a difficult one, a road less travelled, and it’s full of obstacles. I needed to make this song the way that I made it: with me playing guitar in the rough way that I play, singing and layering more and more voices almost random in the way that they join in, like ghosts of past, present and future.

The video takes you to an eerie undersea grotto where I am a mermaid, almost like a prisoner with these beautiful, odd trinkets… items that might empower me, that might give me legs and freedom to run, but only if I use them to cast some kind of witchy spell to get me out of this crazy place. The sea represents that wild freedom, but in my dream what is beautiful and wild is more like a prison, keeping me trapped in this grotto.

mR hYDE’S wILD rIDE is released 29th June 2015 via Damaged Goods. Find out more at


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