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‘Moon Song’, which appears on Bridgers’ new album ‘Punisher’, features the lyrics: “We hate ‘Tears In Heaven’/ But it’s sad that his baby died,” referencing Clapton’s 1992 single written about the death of his four-year-old son, Conor.
Speaking in a new interview, Bridgers confirmed she is yet to hear from Clapton, or his people, about the song.
“You know, I don’t think our Venn diagrams are very connected,” she told Double J. “I have such an Eric Clapton rant, because I think it’s just extremely mediocre music, but also he’s a famous racist.”
Referencing the time Clapton made racist comments during a gig in Birmingham in 1976, Bridgers continued: “Sometimes I think people are too problematic to be cancelled, or not relevant enough to be cancelled. I mean, it wouldn’t even make news if he said something racist today, because he went on a racist rant in the 60s or 70s that was very famous.”
She added: “The lyric used to be, ‘we hate Eric Clapton‘. It’s actually kind of worse now. Because it’s the dead baby song, which is a heartbreaking song.
“If I were to pick an Eric Clapton song, it’s up there with the ones that I actually like. So, it’s kind of a lie on the record, but it sounds more poetic.”
The pair performed the track live for Newport Folk Festival’s virtual event, which saw Bridgers and Barnett perform from their cross-continental homes of Los Angeles and Melbourne, respectively.