Janet Devlin – Saint of the Sinners

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I’m on my hands and knees again
Singing a symphony of sins
I’m crying, I’m crying again
And I am sorry for what I’ve done
Apologies from empty lungs
I’m lying, I’m lying again

You let me drown in holy water
You let me fall on holy ground
I spent my life at your altar
But all you did was hold me down

Cause I’m the saint of the sinners
I’m the saint of the sinners
I’m the saint of the sinners
I’m the saint of the sinners
Don’t trust a word I say
And don’t take my crown away
Cause I’m the saint of the sinners
I’m the saint of the sinners

I’d say I’d see you in the end
But I don’t consider you a friend
I’m screaming, I’m screaming again
You buried me with no amen
So one day there would be revenge
I’m singing, I’m singing again

You let me drown in holy water
You let me fall on holy ground
I spent my life at your altar
But all you did was hold me down

Cause I’m the saint of the sinners
I’m the saint of the sinners
I’m the saint of the sinners
I’m the saint of the sinners
Don’t trust a word I say
And don’t take my crown away
Cause I’m the saint of the sinners
I’m the saint of the sinners

I am more than the tears I’ve cried
I am more than the blood that’s dried
I am more than my tiger stripes
I am more than the sharpest lives
And I know that this lightning strikes
This lightning strikes twice

Cause I’m the saint of the sinners
I’m the saint of the sinners
I’m the saint of the sinners
Don’t trust a word I say
And don’t take my crown away
Cause I’m the saint of the sinners
I’m the saint of the sinners
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Janet Devlin’s stunning new single rides the waves made by September 2019’s ‘Confessional’, a track that announced her return to the industry to retake her crown as the queen of quirky folk-pop. Written with song-writing team Alkemi, and producer Jonathan Quarmby (Lewis Capaldi, Tom Walker) in the winter of 2016 when Janet was aged 21, Saint of the Sinners is an expression of marching melancholy, revealing a past full of hurt, regret and the damaging and destructive perils of depression.

She employs a soaring violin line to represent the mournful mood of the lyrics, interwoven with a low whistle; once more creating a sublime distillation of the bond with her Irish heritage. The determined drive of the middle eight is symbolic of challenges being met and the need to overcome; facing up to truths about herself and the ripple effect that her actions were having around her. “I needed the chorus to come alive with a bang; giving the whole section a marching drumbeat and strident violin line, conveys an energy and spirit I felt when trying to turn my life around.”

The song was a labor of love; undergoing numerous lyrical and structural changes before it emerged as the driving yet melodic piece you hear today. “It is one of my favourite tracks on the album, and much like ‘Confessional’, it was never meant to be a single. But to me, it’s the natural next piece of the puzzle which is laying the foundation for the album.”

‘Saint of the Sinners’ is Janet’s second single and the third track from her hotly-anticipated concept album Confessional, which is set for release in Spring 2020. Be sure to follow Janet on social media for more updates on the new album.

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Janet Devlin – Saint of the Sinners

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