Invisible Boy

Saturday 24 May 2014, by Cécile Desbrun

« ’Invisible Boy’ might mean different things to different people, which is good. I think people might read all kinds of things into it, which is fine. The muses kind of told me it doesn’t matter if people want to see it in any way they want. Whether it’s a grown man who is at a crossroads in his life and wants to choose a different path – he’s in a rut he needs to get out – or if it’s someone, a boy, who’s lost his father and is trying to communicate with him as well as losing other people. So, losing his vision, what he thought he wanted to be and it hasn’t manifested and then, losing people in his life, different people, whether it’s to death or whether it’s just the relationship is broken down. And that for him, to be able to communicate to them, he makes himself invisible because that’s the only way that they can really hear him. And he’s able to truly communicate with them by being invisible.

But the issue is, if he is really honest with himself, is he able to be who he wants to be? And I’m trying to be careful not to project too much onto the song because it doesn’t mean who you are, are you with the person you wanna be with, are you living the life you wanna live, are you being honest with yourself about it, are you being honest about your sexuality, are you being honest about the fact that you don’t and can’t live in a certain situation anymore or in a job anymore and have to change your life? But he’s not ready to do that, so he tries to make himself invisible. But then, he’s able to communicate with one person and that one person makes it absolutely fine because that one person sees him, whether he’s invisible or not and accepts him for whomever he wants to be, whathever he wants to be and however he wants to live his life. And because of that one person accepting him, then, it changes things for him. » (Unrepentant Geraldines interview DVD)