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1950 Lyrics

About “1950”

“1950”, released on February 3, 2018, is King Princess’s debut song. On the day of the song, and visual, release, KP spoke to The Line Of Best Fit about the inspiration of the track:

Queer love was only able to exist privately for a long time, expressed in society through coded art forms. I wrote this song as a story of unrequited love in my own life, doing my best to acknowledge and pay homage to that part of history.

KP has also specifically cited the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith as an inspiration behind the song.

I was reading a lot of gay literature and there was one book, The Price of Salt that really stuck with me because it’s just a beautiful story, and I think what I loved about it was it took place in the ‘50s and the way that queer people were allowed to be public was so censored it and it was all about body language and this kind of icy interaction because you had to hide yourself and so I was interested in the parallel between the metaphor of 1950 being how queer love looks in public and how it’s very similar to having a very cold relationship.

This song doesn’t just serve as King Princess’s debut. This is also the first song to be released by Mark Ronson’s record label, Zelig Records, an imprint of Columbia Records.

On March 6, 2018, Harry Styles tweeted out a line from the song to show his support.

  • Why did King Princess write this song?

    In “1950”, King Princess pays tribute to LGBTQ+ people that faced barriers in expressing their queerness decades ago. She tells The Line of Best Fit:

    Queer love was only able to exist privately for a long time, expressed in society through coded art forms. I wrote this song as a story of unrequited love in my own life, doing my best to acknowledge and pay homage to that part of history.

  • What have the artists said about the song?

    King Princess talked with The Line of Best Fit about her first track.

    Queer love was only able to exist privately for a long time, expressed in society through coded art forms. I wrote this song as a story of unrequited love in my own life, doing my best to acknowledge and pay homage to that part of history.

  • What inspired this song?

    King Princess:

    The light bulb went off when I was in the shower. I was humming that melody ,and I kind of raced out of the shower. I was like, “Oh fuck!” I picked up a guitar and went back and recorded on my phone. I sat down with it and was like, “Oh shit, this is good.” I wrote down those lines, just kind of came out. I wanted the first line to make a statement.

    I wanted it to be something about gender and sexuality and throw the listener directly into it from line one. It was the shower.

  • Is this song about a real person?

    King Princess:

    Of course it’s about a real person. Could you imagine me pulling this out of my ass and never felt this way? That’d be iconic.

    Somebody really smart once said something like, “When you really feel something, and you’re somebody who makes art, makes anything, you’re just a maker of things. You use those feelings and you ride that wave for as long as possible, and you try to get as much out of it.” You try to squeeze all the shit you can out of it so you can get the best material.

    I was definitely riding a wave of sadness and heartbreak. The result was a body of work that I feel encapsulates that whole time period of my life. I feel really fortunate for those experiences. It’s nice to be able to have a token from that point. These songs will end up being these little tokens that remind me of what I felt like. I love that. I love that about music and I hope that I’m giving people some of that.

  • Does the subject of this song know it's about her?

    King Princess:

    Maybe. I don’t know. I haven’t, thank God, gotten any of those texts yet. But you know I got a long career ahead of me for those texts, am I right?

"1950" Track Info

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