Beneath My Skin

‘Constant Craving’ is a song written by k.d. lang and Ben Mink, and it was performed by k.d. lang on her 1992 album Ingénue.  This song charted #15 in the UK and #38 in the US and it earned lang nominations for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Female (which she went on to win) at the 1993 Grammy Awards.  ‘Constant Craving’ is about saṃsāra which means “wandering” or “world”, with the connotation of cyclic, circuitous change.  It is also the concept of rebirth and “cyclicality of all life, matter, existence”.  At first this was not clear for lang, she didn’t get it and then she said, “It’s a summation of human desire.  It’s like yes, OK, we all are heartbroken.  We’re all nervous.  We’re all vulnerable.  We’re all hopeful, but at the end of the day, constant craving has always been.”  k.d. lang and Ben Mink share writing credits with The Rolling Stones on their 1997 single ‘Anybody Seen My Baby?’ due to the striking similarities between the refrain of that song and ‘Constant Craving’.  Keith Richards explained in his autobiography that the similarities were brought to his attention by his daughter just prior to the single’s release.  To avoid a lawsuit, The Rolling Stones gave lang and Mink writing credits, a move that made lang feel “honored and flattered.”

She was born Kathryn Dawn Lang on November 2, 1961, in Alberta, Canada, and grew up in the small town of Consort, Alberta.  She decided to use lower case letters in her name to pay tribute to E.E. Cummings who liked breaking the rules.  While in college, lang appeared in a production about Patsy Cline, and when she began to pursue her own music career, formed a group called the Reclines in Patsy’s honor with musician and songwriting partner Ben Mink.  She had her first country hit in 1988 with ‘Crying’, a duet that she sang with Roy Orbison and this song gave her a Grammy Award win for best country vocal collaboration.  She was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2013.

Even through the darkest phase
Be it thick or thin
Always someone marches brave
Here beneath my skin

Constant craving
Has always been

Maybe a great magnet pulls
All souls towards truth
Or maybe it is life itself
That feeds wisdom
To its youth

Constant craving
Has always been

Craving
Ah ha
Constant craving
Has always been
Has always been

Constant craving
Has always been
Constant craving
Has always been

Craving
Ah ha
Constant craving
Has always been
Has always been
Has always been
Has always been
Has always been
Has always been

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the prompt is Canadian music.

28 thoughts on “Beneath My Skin

      1. There is a song called Western Stars that she covered, and the original artist said it’s basically her song now. I went to see him, Chris Isaak, a few years ago. He started singing the song but didn’t finish it: said he thought he was going to hurt himself (with the high notes).

        I just found out about this original album, today, while I was looking for the name of that (cover) song.

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      1. Just slightly in the melody…they probably could have gotten away with it.

        I think Keith probably done it more to get under Jagger’s skin. Jagger would go to clubs and come back and have a new song…one that was still in his head from the night before…not on purpose though…I think Mick wrote most of it…from what I remember from the bio.

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  1. It’s awesome to see you come out of your “Grateful Dead” zone! k.d. lang is so talented and this is my favorite song that she did. Funny, how I related to this song. I was pregnant with my youngest daughter in 1992 when the song came out. I had gestational diabetes and I craved banana pudding. I couldn’t eat it because I had other complications and just couldn’t take any chances. Turns out the medication they were giving me to keep me from going into preterm labor, caused the diabetes. About a week before she was born and the medicine wasn’t working, I said “screw it” and got me some banana pudding. I took care of that Constant Craving! LOL! 🙂 She was born, blood sugar was back to normal!

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