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1992 – Constant Craving (K.d. Lang)

Updated: Feb 18, 2023

“Constant craving” relates to samsara, the Buddhist cycle of birth and death, but I wasn’t a practising Buddhist then so I honestly don’t know what the impetus for the song was. I just wrote it from the perspective of desire and longing.
K.d. Land, The Guardian interview, 26/09/2017

A song about the struggles of life and the resiliency of the human spirit, “Constant Craving” is a great example of how a lot can be said with a concise lyric, and is notable for its short verses.

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At the core of the Balearic Breakfast blog was my willingness to share more information about the music we all discovered thanks to the show, and I feel K.d. Lang's Constant craving absolutely embodies what the show is all about. Click on the video and read on!



With its soul open to an endless voyage, "Constant craving" has that absolute sense of Freedom that keeps taking you to higher grounds. This feeling never stops. It simply lifts you on and on. You see yourself flying over the blue ocean, at high speed, with birds gliding next to you and clouds softly disappearing. Then, you pay attention to the lyrics :


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


And constant craving Has always been


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


Constant craving Has always been


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


It seems obvious the lyrics are about hope, about truth. It's a very positive song whose drive is tense but light at the same time. Simply put, this song moves the listener.

In an interview with the Buddhist publication The Shambhala Sun, K.D. Lang (a devoted Buddhist) said :


“'Constant Craving' is all about samsara.” Samsara, as defined within Buddhism, is the continuous cycle of birth and death while one moves within the six realms of existence.

Written by Canadian singer-songwriter K. d. Lang and Ben Mink (songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and Lang's long-time collaborator and friend), the song was performed by Lang and got included on her second solo album Ingénue (1992), despite being such a hard one to compose. It was released in the United Kingdom in April 1992 and allowed Lang to win a Grammy Award in the category for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1993, as well as an MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video. A lot of music critics have praised the song over the years.


It was released in Britain first and nothing really happened. Some of the early reviews for the album were horrible. People magazine destroyed it, but other places loved it. And when DJs in America started playing it, the Warner Bros switchboard lit up with people calling in. Having such a big hit was life-changing.
Ben MInk, The Guardian Interview, 26/09/2017

The video clip for the song was filmed in black-and-white and presents a fanciful recreation of the premiere of Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot in Paris in 1953. Lang is depicted singing backstage while the actors perform.


We encourage you to read this great article in which both artists explain how the song was written, and received.

One of the most hauntingly beautiful songs with some of the most poetic lyrics ever: "Even through the darkest phase, be it thick or thin Always someone marches brave, here beneath my skin" The instrumentation of an accordion adds a melancholy, timeless sound to these simple yet profound words. k.d. lang's voice conveys the longing, the yearning.
Camille from toronto, Songfacts

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