(This is part of a long series about sad songs and how they are nature’s onions.)
Abuse isn’t funny and neither is Travis’ song, from their 2003 album 12 Memories. “Re-Offender” is a rather uncomfortable tune about domestic violence, sang from the perspective of the victim. It‘s a heartbreaking thing to listen to. There‘s a desperate quality to the words that hint at even greater tragedy to come. For the Anton Corbijn-directed video, the song’s violence is turned inward.
Bonus! The video with band commentary: