HELD MY HAND UP TO THE STARS
GILDED LILIES DRIVING CARS
IT’S TIME TO SAY IT SO I WILL
I VOW TO LIVE
TO ALL OF US LOST IN TIME
TO THOSE WAITING TO BE PICKED UP
TO THOSE WHO CRY, BLEED AND DIE
TO THE THOSE WITH THE UNNATURAL SIGHS
ONLY HERE TO PAINT COLORS ON THE SUN
ONLY HERE TO SEE THE FIRES RUN
Rose McGowan here. I wanted to share these lyrics I wrote for my new song, RM486.
The song is in collaboration with the band Punishment Paris and the video is in collaboration with WHOYOUARE. The video is directed by the renowned Jonas Akerlund, styled by the incomparable Bea Akerlund with prosthetics/makeup by the acclaimed artist, Sammy Mourabit.
All five characters in the video are versions of me. All are pieces that make up my whole- an artist, a public figure, and most importantly, as a person. I’m pushing back at the idea of what I am supposed to be, I want to expose people to art in a real way, and I want to change the idea of what beauty is. There is true power in art and true power in we who believe in it.
The characters are all me and I am all of the characters. Here is a breakdown in order of appearance.
Where I’m from and how I have always felt. I want to communicate in the purest form and she is pure.
Challenging the preconceived notion of what beauty is. Representative of the media perceived “goth” period of my life. She’s challenging you to not look away.
GREEN HAIR HOLLYWOOD:
The most agitated. The most over the top. Note the mouth taped over my own mouth. This is my “Hollywood” chapter. The agitated glamor of it all. I find her to be the most harrowing.
The needles I wear represent my armor and shield.
RED GLITTER BOMB:
My knives are out. I have a mission and it is fierce.
The most powerful is also the rawest. I want people to feel, the way to start that is by transmitting emotion. Feel, just feel.
So this is me. Speaking to the world in my own words, for the very first time.
Like the song’s chorus says, “we’re only here to paint colors on the sun, only here to see the fires run.”
I hope you’ll join me on my journey of promoting art and pushing boundaries.