The Emperor’s New Clothes (Sinead O’Connor)

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The Emperor’s New Clothes (Sinead O’Connor)
1990
The follow-up single to her most famous song – Nothing Compares 2U – this self-penned track finds O’Connor in an autobiographical mood, talking about her recent past where she became an unmarried mother just out of her teens – not something that was particularly accepted in her native Ireland at the time. The lyrics indicate she equally wasn’t about to accept others telling her what to do.

And there’s millions of people
To offer advice and say how I should be
But they’re twisted
And they will never be any influence on me

The “emperor’s new clothes” of the title refers the people criticizing her who can’t see, or perhaps admit, that they’re flawed themselves.
Fun fact: The song performed best in Ireland where it reached #5.

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