6. The Dancer (on To Bring You My Love)
Cause I've cried days, I've cried nights
For the lord just to send me up some sign
Is he near? Is he far?
Bring peace to my black and empty heart
To Bring You My Love is such an intense record. It always amazes me how vocally tight and overwhelming the record is after all these years. With "The Dancer", she ends the record and this may be where all the emotions were saved for and given the space for the final cry out. Trembling guitar, mournful organ and Polly singing drama at its absolute high peak. It tears my heart out to hear how she presents pain and despair into the song. But there's also a theatral element to it. The 'Aah'-shouts after the chorus is a moment of cabaret, but then her vocals turn back with an even stronger groan. It's regarded by many as one of her best songs, and really, it really is. I'm always left perplexed after that final shout. What a spectacular closure!
Here's a performance at the BBC Studios in '95: