Allison Moorer’s latest album, Down to Believing, finds the singer-songwriter entangled in expressing her thoughts on a number of significant personal issues, including divorce from musician Steve Earle and the diagnosis of their young son’s autism.
It stands to reason, then, that some incredibly stark visuals are employed throughout Moorer’s latest video. Although not overtly violent or graphic, the scenes accompanying the LP’s biting “Tear Me Apart,” are still somewhat unnerving. In the clip, the ginger-haired beauty is shackled to a bed, her hands are bloodied and even when she’s freed herself from the chains, a barrier of barbed wire prevents her from breaking loose.
Sounding more sad than bitter, but certainly far from self-pitying, Moorer sings, “What am I supposed to say when I wanna scream every time you look my way/ I ain’t safe and I ain’t sound, might as well put me in the lost and found.” And although the video depicts the singer literally holding the key to her freedom, getting past the locked door to the outside world is a task fraught with peril.
While the video presents these seemingly insurmountable challenges as frustrating and depressing (not to mention kind of dangerous), Moorer has personally taken a far more Zen approach to dealing with life’s obstacles.
“You can either change and roll with it, or you can struggle through the other way and not accept it and be miserable,” she tells Rolling Stone Country. “I prefer at this time in my life to go with it, because the only thing I know that’s coming is change. That’s the hardest lesson for human beings to learn. We’re sold the notion that things are supposed to last forever. We spend our lives fighting mortality, which is pointless. Nothing is going to last forever. I’m going to look up in a year and things are going to be different from the way they are now. But, hopefully, I’ll get better at being more graceful in my acceptance process. That’s what I’m trying to get to.”
“Tear Me Apart” was penned by Moorer with Down to Believing producer and guitarist Kenny Greenberg.