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The music video for Rae Spoon’s song “Written Across The Sky” from their new album Armour is an ode to 1970s’ horror film lighting and all things haunted. Spoon co-directed the video with Maya Bankovic, an award winning cinematographer whose work has screened at TIFF, Sundance, VIFF and many other festivals. The two previously worked together on the NFB documentary-musical My Prairie Home, a five-year project. Shot in Spoon’s 1907 Victoria home, the new video shows the ease of their working relationship through the intimacy of the close-up shots and moving portraits.


There will be no miracles
when our bodies rise up.
It’s written across the sky
we will find a way up.

We’re hungry.
We’re hungry.
We’re hungry.
We’re hungry.

There’s nothing spiritual
about holding our empty cups.
Our screams will split lightening
And bring on the flood.

We’re hungry.
We’re hungry.
We’re hungry.
We’re hungry.

There is no glory
in a forest of doubt.
We’re waiting for a call
and then we will claw our way out.

We’re hungry.
We’re hungry.
We’re hungry.
We’re hungry.

Can’t Go Right

Leave my body broken in half.
There is nothing left to mend.
Somethings happen you can’t take back.
Some things can’t go right again.

Can’t go right. Can’t go right again.
Can’t go right. Can’t go right again.

Your prayers are filling the sky and falling sideways down
And covering up my roof and blowing all around.
There is no end in sight as you keep on throwing them high
and they arc through the night and fall back to the ground.

Can’t go right. Can’t go right again.
Can’t go right. Can’t go right again.

We are fighting a battle that no one can win.
And killing off the ground that we have in common.
I have told you over and over that I know who I am.
If you don’t believe me we are way past the last stand.

Can’t go right. Can’t go right again.
Can’t go right. Can’t go right again.

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Written Across the Sky on Wikipedia
Rae Spoon
BornCalgary, Alberta
OccupationSinger-songwriter, short story writer
Notable worksFirst Grass Spring Fire, superioryouareinferior, My Prairie Home

Rae Spoon is a Canadian musician and writer. Their musical style has varied from country to electronic-influenced indie rock and folk punk.[1]


  • 1 Personal life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Discography
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Personal life

Spoon grew up as a transgender person in Calgary, Alberta. They were raised in a Pentecostal household to a paranoid-schizophrenic father. Their father’s religious beliefs caused anxiousness to a teenage Rae. Spoon now lives in Montreal, Quebec.[2]

After a decade of living as a trans man,[3] Spoon noted a preference for the pronoun "they" in 2012 during an interview with cartoonist Elisha Lim, a fellow advocate for the gender-neutral pronoun.[4] They explained to Now Magazine, "after years of fighting to be called ‘he,’ the idea of coming out again made me tired. But now I feel kind of rejuvenated, ready to fight on some more. I think the ‘they’ pronoun is a pretty cool thing. It’s letting a lot of people not have to identify as a man or a woman. Whatever it means to them."[5]


Spoon started performing before they started recording. They decided they wanted to become a songwriter while performing at the age of seventeen.[6] They emerged as a country and roots singer. Their early music features country imagery to the sound of acoustic string instruments such as banjo, guitar and mandolin.[7]

Spoon has performed with such artists as Annabelle Chvostek, Ember Swift, Kinnie Starr, Melissa Ferrick, The Be Good Tanyas, Bitch & Animal, Natalie Merchant and Earl Scruggs.[8] They have performed at festivals including North Country Fair, South Country Fair, Under the Volcano Festival, and the Vancouver,[8] Regina, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Brandon Folk, Music & Art Festival and Winnipeg folk festivals.

Spoon's breakthrough album, 2008's Superioryouareinferior, was recorded in Calgary and introduced some electronic music elements into Spoon's style.[1] Superioryouareinferior includes themes previously used by Spoon like Canadian history and culture such as the commentary on colonialism in their song “Come On Forest Fire Burn The Disco Down”.[9] Superioryouareinferior was a longlisted nominee for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize.[10]

While touring Europe Spoon met Alexandre Decoupigny in Berlin. Decoupigny and Spoon collaborated in the album Worauf Wartest Du?[11] Decoupigny taught Spoon how to create music with a computer which inspired the musician to further experiment with electronic music.[12] The experimentation with electronic music influenced their subsequent albums and culminated in I Can’t Keep All Our Secrets.[13]

They have also published First Spring Grass Fire, a book of short stories about growing up in Alberta. Arsenal Pulp Press released the book in the fall of 2012.[5] The book was a nominee for the 2013 Lambda Literary Awards in the Transgender Fiction category,[14] and Spoon was awarded an Honour of Distinction from the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT writers in 2014.[15]

Spoon has stated that First Spring Grass Fire was written to help them prepare for the production of a National Film Board of Canada documentary about their life and music, My Prairie Home, directed by Chelsea McMullan. The film was released in the fall of 2013.[16][17] My Prairie Home, the album of music that Spoon composed for the film, was a longlisted nominee for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize.[18]

In 2012, Spoon and Ivan Coyote collaborated on Gender Failure, a touring multimedia show in which both artists performed music and spoken word pieces about their failed attempts at fitting into the gender binary.[19] A book based on the show was published by Arsenal Pulp in 2014.[20]

In 2014, Spoon composed music for the feature film The Valley Below.[21]


  • Honking at Minivans (2001)
  • Throw Some Dirt on Me (2003)
  • Your Trailer Door (2005)
  • White Hearse Comes Rolling (2006)
  • Trucker's Memorial (2006, with Rodney Decroo)
  • Superioryouareinferior (2008)
  • Worauf Wartest Du? (2009, with Alexandre Decoupigny)
  • Love is a Hunter (2010)
  • I Can't Keep All of Our Secrets (2012)
  • My Prairie Home (2013)
  • Armour (2016)


  1. ^ a b Rae Spoon's Long View. Exclaim!, October 2008.
  2. ^ Gillis, Carla. "Rae Spoon". Now Toronto. Metro. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "He said/she said?", SEE Magazine, 2003-05-08, retrieved 2007-09-22 
  4. ^ "Elisha Lim and Rae Spoon: Talking Shop". No More Potlucks, January 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Rae Spoon: Powerful album reignites the pronoun debate". NOW, January 26, 2012.
  6. ^ King, Moynan (January 18, 2012). "Canada's Dandy Duet: The Performance Collaboration of Ivan Coyote and Rae Spoon". Canadian Theatre Review 149: 46–51. doi:10.3138/ctr.149.46.  See p. 48.
  7. ^ McPherson, David. "Your Trailer Door". exclaim. Ian Danzig. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Rae Spoon offers an affectionate homage to another era". Xtra!, July 7, 2005.
  9. ^ Ash, Amanda. "Superioryouareinferior". Exclaim!. Ian Danzig. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Pop goes Rae Spoon". Exclaim!, September 2010.
  11. ^ Angus, Mike. "On The Hunt". Vue Weekly. Aberdeen. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  12. ^ Hudson, Alex. "Rae Spoon Talks 'I Can't Keep All of Our Secrets,' Reveals New Track and Canadian Tour". Exclaim!. Ian Danzig. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  13. ^ Adams, Gregory. "Rae Spoon Announces 'I Can't Keep All of Our Secrets'". Exclaim!. Ian Danzig. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "Rae Spoon, Kamal Al-Solaylee among Canadian Lambda nominees". Quill & Quire, March 6, 2013.
  15. ^ Dayne Ogilvie Prize, Writers' Trust of Canada.
  16. ^ Kelly, Brendan (13 December 2013). "Rae Spoon is different by nature, and proud of it". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  17. ^ Lederman, Marsha (28 September 2013). "My Prairie Home". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  18. ^ "Polaris Music Prize announces 2014 long list". Aux, June 19, 2014.
  19. ^ Richard Burnett, "Queer icons Ivan E. Coyote and Rae Spoon step “out of the box” for Gender Failure Show". The Gazette, November 20, 2012.
  20. ^ "Rae Spoon and Ivan E. Coyote share personal stories in Gender Failure". Quill & Quire, June 20, 2014.
  21. ^ "Best Original Scores: TIFF tips for music lovers". Now, September 4, 2014.

External links

  • Official website
  • Rae Spoon at CBC Radio 3
  • Rae Spoon at the Internet Movie Database

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