"'Beguiled' is about forbidden love, inspired by my love for an amazing woman and my inability to commit to a relationship with her because I wasn't ready to deal with the social stigma that comes with holding another woman's hand in public. This song is my contribution to the gay rights movement,” explains Angie Kopshy, singer and leader of Portland-based roots rock four-piece Stoneface Honey.
As the song was quickly becoming the lead single to her band's new record Long Time Waiting, "I went to Uganda with 'Beguiled' stuck in my head," Kopshy describes. "While there, I met a wonderful, incredibly sensitive young man. He asked how we, the U.S., could call ourselves Christians when we allowed homosexuals to get married. I could see how sincere he was and knew that he didn't mean to offend anyone. The issue was complicated by religion for him in a way that I couldn't even fathom, but most importantly, it broke my heart. We were still celebrating #lovewins and same-sex marriage and he simply couldn't understand. This video is my response. Pure, simple love fighting to stay alive in a world full of judgment.”
With Kopshy providing keys and vocals, “Beguiled” also features bandmates Shirley Johnson on drums, Dan Johnson on guitar, and Kate Austin on backup vocals, plus additional support from Jeff Simonson on organ and Sam Hallam on bass.