Classic Clips: Rufus Wainwright “The Art Teacher” – Live on Last Call with Carson Daily, 2004

Sometimes choosing a Classic Clip really is as easy as having a song coming on shuffle to remind you how breathtaking the track in question is, which was the case with this pick, a 2004 performance of ‘The Art Teacher’ by Rufus Wainwright.

It’s the tale of unrequited love that a girl never got over for none other than, well, her art teacher. While it might sound like slightly questionable territory, as always, Wainwright makes the subject real and tender – as is the special kind of love he sings of, be it unrequited or otherwise, that you can only really feel in your youth. “There I was in uniform / Looking at the art teacher / I was just a girl then / Never have I loved since then” he tells us with delicate vulnerability, voice and piano all that’s needed to convey the emotion the lyrics hold, before ultimately concluding: “Here I am in this uniformish, pant-suit sort of thing / Thinking of the art teacher / I was just a girl then / Never have I loved since then / No, never have I loved any other man.”

Heartbreaking, but beautiful just the same.

About Helen Jones 132 Articles
North West based lover of country and Americana.
Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments