St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, is a New York-based musician who previously referenced Marilyn on ‘Surgeon,’ a track from her 2011 album, Strange Mercy, inspired by a disturbing dream recounted by Marilyn and published in the book, Fragments (see here.)
In her latest single, ‘The Melting of the Sun’ (from the forthcoming album, Daddy’s Home), St. Vincent appears to reference Marilyn again, alongside other women who inspire her – including singers Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, and Nina Simone.
However, while St. Vincent quoted Marilyn directly in ‘Surgeon,’ here she uses a touch of poetic license: “My Marilyn shot her heroin/’Hell’, she said, ‘it’s better than abuse.'” If this is really about MM – and most critics seem to think it is – then it should be pointed out that Marilyn wasn’t a heroin user. Her addiction to sleeping pills, prescribed by her doctors, was rather more mundane and insidious.
Perhaps St. Vincent thought heroin fit the song’s theme better. Interestingly, in the next line she turns the drug reference onto herself: “So who am I trying to be/A benzo beauty queen?”