Reverend and the Makers frontman John McClure reveals classic track is actually about a child having gender dysphoria
The frontman of English rock band Reverend and the Makers has revealed that the 2009 song ‘Mermaid’ was written about a child struggling with gender dysphoria.
Jon “The Reverend” McClure, lead vocalist of the Sheffield-based band, casually disclosed the truth behind his much-loved song in a tweet on Friday (October 2).
“I wrote this 13 years ago about my friends kid who had gender dysphoria,” they wrote, tagging the transgender children’s charity Mermaids.
A closer look at the lyrics reveals clear transgender overtones, beginning with the chorus itself: “There’s no escaping from / The man it seems that I’ve become / Despite the fact that we are one / I turn my back and I try and run away.”
The song continues: “Don’t make me put ’em on / The trousers you bought yesterday / Probably won’t fit me anyway / If I close my eyes and I hope that I might change.”
And if listeners are left in any doubt, the next verse makes it pretty clear: “There’s nowhere I can run / To beat the taunts that you find fun / And to be the daughter and not the son / I wonder if that’s what you really crave.”
Mermaids was thrilled to learn of the song’s true meaning. “Wait… we did not know this!” they tweeted back. Wow @Reverend_Makers, this rocks. All these years we’ve had an anthem and we didn’t know it!”
And the reaction from within the trans community was even stronger.
“Rev – every time you tweet you go up in my estimations – thank you,” wrote one happy parent, adding: “@Mermaids_Gender deserve all the help and plaudits they get.”
Omg! You know, I love you even more now! Thank you Rev!
— ?PumpQuinn? (@LeedsTransLad) October 2, 2020
that means so much more than you can ever imagine ?
— saga (@aIIthemadmen) October 2, 2020
Amazingly sweet ?
— Period Preppers (@PeriodPreppers) October 2, 2020
Always knew this band had good vibes.
Time to dig out Heavyweight Champion of the World… https://t.co/CrnSYcGY3D
— Tilly Carter and the Home Counties (@tcandthc) October 3, 2020
Such a good song, I imagine would mean something to more people each year since you wrote it!
— James Webster (@webbie13) October 2, 2020
I know this will mean nothing to our daughter but it’s put a big smile on my face tonight !!
— Chest Hair (@schests) October 2, 2020