Feet for Hands
by Everything Everything
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Feet For Hands finds the singer reflecting on the fate of PC David Rathband, who was shot and blinded by Raoul Moat as he sat in his patrol car in 2010, and who later took his own life.
"It was a really horrible tragedy," says Higgs, "and it touched me in a way that nothing else…" He tails off, temporarily lost for words.
"I don't know why particularly that story," he says, eventually. "I guess it's because I come from that part of the world and it just felt very real. There was a gunman in my neck of the woods. It felt very strange. And then his story, he was blinded and he tried to cope…
"Obviously it was someone's personal life, but the fact he couldn't cope struck me as a disconnect between the hero story and the reality of it." The lyrics are thoughtful and poignant - "when you think of me, don't remember this, not the slow wane of a blinded man".