The Sisters of Mercy

Lucretia My Reflection

Composed by Andrew Eldritch

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Described by Andrew Eldritch as his "welcome aboard" song for new bandmate Patricia Morrison, the tumultuous "Lucretia, My Reflection" has been described as the singer's tribute to Renaissance-era murderess Lucretia Borgia -- possibly because she is the only person named Lucretia that most people have ever heard of. In fact, the song is set solidly in the modern age, a nightmare-ridden essay of war and empire-building in the modern age, with Ms. Borgia's role in all of this restricted to the fact that she, like today's society, liked to poison her victims.

One of the most dramatic songs on the Floodland album, and the third single to be culled from that set in 1988, the full effect of "Lucretia, My Reflection" is best felt on video -- filmed in a Bombay cotton factory, the grainy, gritty images combine with the gleefully bombastic soundtrack to all but blueprint the industrial music revolution of the next five years.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Floodland 1987 Elektra
A Slight Case of Overbombing: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 1993 Elektra / Rhino 8:44
Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box 2006
Various Artists
A Merciful Release 2007 Rhino 4:57
After Dark: The Alternative + Gothic Rock Collection [Barnes & Noble Exclusive] 2009
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 4:58
Original Album Series Warner Music 8:44
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