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Baby Queen is the third single of Gorillaz' eighth studio album Cracker Island.

Background[]

I’m writing and recording a song about an incident when I was in Thailand and met the crown princess. This was November ’97. She was only 14 at the time, and she came to see us, and due to the very specific role the royal family play in Thailand, they put a throne next to the mixing board for her to sit in, surrounded by I don’t know how many soldiers. “Song 2” started and she stood on her throne and stage-dived into the crowd. The reason I’ve written a song about it is because I had a dream about this princess very recently; she’d grown up and we spent time in my dream together, her as a woman.
~ Damon Albarn, latimes.com interview[1]

Baby Queen was recorded during January of 2022, and was co-produced by Remi Kabaka Jr. and Greg Kurstin.

The track was released on September 30th, 2022, on the Fifa 23 soundtrack before the single's official release. It was officially released on the 4th of November, 2022, along with a visualiser.

Lyrics[]

[Verse 1: 2D]
I met the princess from Thailand again
She had grown up
Into a queen
Down in the abyss where the night
Never turns to daylight

She kept me in a polaroid
That was kept up on her wall
Under Garuda's mirror lights
She takes flight
Yeah the kid's alright

[Chorus: 2D]
You've grown up
Baby Queen
You've grown up
Baby Queen (you've grown up)

[Verse 2: 2D]
She fell into the generals (oh Baby Queen)
On the watch all around her
I fell into the vanity
The mirrored lights of our dreams

[Chorus: 2D]
You've grown up
Baby Queen
In my dreams where you been
You've grown up
Baby Queen
In my dreams where you been

Baby Queen
In my dreams where you been
You've grown up
Baby Queen
In my dreams where you been
You've grown up

Baby Queen
In my dreams where you been
You've grown up
Baby Queen
In my dreams where you been
Baby Queen

[Outro: 2D]
You were in my dreams

Visualiser[]

Trivia[]

  • Song title Baby Queen was leaked in late August, 2022, as a part of the Fifa 23 Soundtrack, before the album's official announcement.
    • The song itself was leaked along with Fifa 23 on the 23rd of September.
  • Baby Queen is the first Gorillaz single since Tranz from The Now Now that doesnt feature any collaborators.

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