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SAMARITAN” is the first single introducing ionnalee for EVERYONE AFRAID TO BE FORGOTTEN and features a visual alliance with Japanese fashion label COMME des GARÇONS and Dover Street Market London. It is Chapter 2 of the series.

Video[]

The video begins with Jonna Lee, dressed in a white night gown, standing by the window with a winter's cold snap lurking on the other side. An introductory monologue of Winston Churchill titled "The Threat of Nazi Germany" is heard in the background. A wooden cutting board with strawberries is left in silence, seemingly hinting of the importance of the strawberry imagery in the iamamiwhoami project. The crackle of the fireplace is heard while the view pans over a vintage Telefunken televison set as it hauntingly displays the ominous words "The Road to Self Realization" on its screen. Soon after, we are introduced to Lee and her cohort of white robed dancers moving in tandem in precise choreography.

Lee stares intently on the screen before her while switching the channels intermittently and emulating some of the movements.

We then switch to a scene in which Lee walks among a crowd, her hands tied on a rope that drags her across the snow. Lighted torches permeate the crowd as they angrily point their fingers towards her and calls for her demise through burning. This scene is reminiscent of witch trials in olden times.

The white robed dancers continue to dance aggressively as Lee watches. The program ends, a phone rings.

Lee stands up and gathers herself, stares straight into the mirror as her thoughts are narrated in the background.

(hello?)

and then i gathered myself to walk out into their world with clean hands but all of that muddy conscience, and with a smile blinding their empty eyes, always there, staring.

(what did you do?)

my skin tightly wound around my neck,

(you should never have gone there)

that pressure continued to pound in my throat,

but i had to find out what it was that she saw.

The video ends with her singing a verse from “SIMMER DOWN” a cappella:

all light absorbed,
in the shadows i will hide
till the contour of my silhouette
fades to undefined.
i still have fire.
simmer down, simmer down.

Notes[]

Trivia[]

Credits[]

Song
Video
  • Music and performance: ionnalee
  • Visual written and directed by: ionnalee and John Strandh of WAVE
  • Made in visual alliance: COMME des GARÇONS
  • Costume: COMME des GARÇONS
  • Cinematography: John Strandh
  • Edit: Jonna Lee
  • Post production: John Strandh
  • Visual Effects: Evelina Åström of CHIMNEY
  • Graphic design: Jacob Hulmston
  • Production: To whom it may concern.
  • Producer: Jonna Lee
  • Production coordinator: Matilda Bildberg
  • Additional production: Camilla Falk, Beatrice Johansson
  • Second unit: Viktor Kumlin
  • Gaffer: Edvin Strandh
  • Sound engineer: Claes Björklund
  • Choreography: Jonna Lee and Matilda Bilberg
  • Dancers: Matilda Bildberg, Isac Hellman
  • Actors: Barbelle, Ivar Fors, Summer Masuda-Lideborg, Isac Hellman, Mattias Fredin, Hans Kumlin, Matilda Bildberg
  • Choreographic supervisor: Tove Skeidsvoll
  • Hair: Ronja Olofsson of Hairstudio Unique
  • Made with support from: Ljud & Bildmedia, CHIMNEY, Adrian Joffe, Andrew Taylor-Parr, Daniel Thisell, Hairstudio Unique, Jacob Hulmston, Daniel Rengifo-Molina, and Ghost

Versions[]

KRONOLOGI version[]

In May 2020, Lee released a previous version of the song, on the KRONOLOGI playlist.

Live performances[]

Lyrics[]

Mm, oh, the future is gonna be bright
A clear path and all the stars are out
Looking up at the dark blue sky
Walking steady not blinded by the light

I don't believe in a god, let's leave religion out of all this
I don't remember promising my life and soul to bring you all bliss
If I am what you say, I expect to be hanging from a wooden cross
When all this is done, is done
I don't believe in a god, let's leave religion out of all this
I don't remember promising my life and soul to bring you all bliss
If I am what you say, I expect to be hanging from a wooden cross
When all this is done, is done

No, no
No, no, no, no, no, no
No, no
No, no, no, no, no, no
(Home)
Hoo

Oh, oh the past will never be the same
Once I am done, good memories will be gone
They guard their secrets with their lives
I spit on your fo-forsaken tribe

I don't believe in a god, let's leave religion out of all this
I don't remember promising my life and soul to bring you all bliss
If I am what you say, I expect to be hanging from a wooden cross
When all this is done, it's done
I don't believe in a god, let's leave religion out of all this
I don't remember promising my life and soul to bring you all bliss
If I am what you say, I expect to be hanging from a wooden cross
When all this is done, is done

Oh, thy beauty makes me go blind
When you are near, my senses don't function
I give you this empty life
Can I be your soldier with a knife?

I don't believe in a god, let's leave religion out of all this
I don't remember promising my life and soul to bring you all bliss
If I am what you say, I expect to be hanging from a wooden cross
When all this is done, is done
I don't believe in a god, let's leave religion out of all this
I don't remember promising my life and soul to bring you all bliss
If I am what you say, I expect to be hanging from a wooden cross
When all this is done, is done

Oh, thy beauty makes me go blind
When you are near, my senses don't function
I give you this empty life
Can I be your soldier with a knife?

No, no
No, no, no, no, no, no
No, no
No, no, no, no, no, no

Release history[]

Date Release Format
2017-03-09 SAMARITAN Video
2017-03-10 Digital single
2017-03-21 Lyric video
2020-05-29 summer samaritan (KRONOLOGI version) Digital single

External links[]

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