the meaning of the title "Knight Moves":
"The next song [Knight Moves] [...] is called
like that because the person I was writing it for was behaving
in such a way that he was taking one step forward and then he'd
take two to the side, and then he'd take one step back and then
he'd take two to the side..."
In concert, London School of Economics,
England, October 24, 1985
About the line "there
isn't a political bone in her body":
"Some of the things that Brian Rose [see the Boulevardiers]
said are in the song "Knight Moves". The line about
not having a 'political bone in her body', was Brian saying
that about me and it made me angry, so I put it in the song.
A lot of the songs from the first record are about Jack Hardy
or Brian, and they mirror that sort of atmosphere between friends
where there's always romance in the air, that grows up and then
dies. It was a very happy time for me, though."
Interview with Fátima Castro Silva in "Urgent Whispers" (http://watermarks.vega.net/urgent_whispers/index.htm)
""Knight Moves" was stolen from
bits of conversations."
Interview with Paul Zollo in Song Talk, Vol. 2, #17, Spring 1992, also published in "Language", 5:1 August 1992, (http://www.vega.net/songtal2.htm) trancription by Steve Zwanger
"I don't like writing about political issues because I really don't think it's my place as a songwriter to inflict my opinions on people -- especially since opinions are so changing and I've seen people I know go through wide varieties of opinions in their lifetime. I don't really feel that it's my job as a songwriter to inflict my opinions on an audience. I also think that's the kind of thing that will date you immediately if you insist on doing that."
Generation Magazine, December 9 1986, Suzanne Vega Interview, by Allan Rousselle