Cleopatra is the second studio album by American indie folk band THE LUMINEERS. The album was released in the United States on April 8, 2016, and contains the singles "Ophelia" and "Angela".
The cover is a photograph of actress Theda Bara.
Today's tune "Cleopatra" is a song recorded by American folk rock band The Lumineers. The song serves as the title track to their sophomore studio album of the same name. "Cleopatra" was released as the album's second single on 25 March 2016.
According to Wesley Schultz (lead vocalist of THE LUMINEERS), the song was inspired by an encounter with a taxi driver that Schultz met in the Republic of Georgia. Recently, through a Facebook post, THE LUMINEERS clarified upon that, and explained the full background of the song, and what it meant:
It's inspired by a true story about a female taxi driver who, when was younger, was proposed to. But her father had just passed away, so she didn't give her boyfriend an answer. So he left the village broken-hearted and rejected, and never returned again. He was her great love and she wouldn't wash the footprints off the floor after he left.
— The Lumineers
The official music video was directed by Isaac Ravishankara.
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