Eat for two? We're not eating anything after watching this video
We all joke about overeating, but sometimes eating can be serious business especially when 10,000 Maniacs' Natalie Merchant is involved in the sympathetic Eat For Two.
While Madonna was thinking about keeping her baby because "we are in love," the heroine in 10,000 Maniacs Eat For Two is still coming to terms with her teenage pregnancy. Merchant's lyrics of "but she couldn't stand for the way he begged and gave in" imply a struggling teen who is now coming to grips on how to take care of the baby inside her during her fifth month of pregnancy when she begins to starting showing. While the music is upbeat, the video for Eat For Two is stark as creepy dolls get more screen time than adorable babies.
Eat For Two was the follow up single to Trouble Me off of the 1989 album Blind Man's Zoo and was a hit on the Modern Rock Charts but failed to register on the pop charts. Merchant would become a mother herself in 2003 when she gave birth to her daughter Lucia. Motherhood became Merchant's top priority and eventually in 2010 she recorded the non-kids album Leave Your Sleep - a musical collection of adapted children poems that Merchant discovered while rocking for long hours while nursing Lucia. As you might expect, Merchant (now divorced) is a no-nonsense cerebral mother allowing no regular TV - just a few occasional movies and old shows as reported in a Times piece by Sean Daly in 2010.