Bad News - Bastille



The Experience: Bastille bring us a song about suffering with a twisted, melancholic beat. It's a plea to friends "Don't turn your back on me... Just cause you don't know what to say." Don't abandon someone immersed in Bad News. 

Official Video: The video cuts between close-up shots of his lips singing, shots of his back walking sadly away, and many shots of 60s-80s TV entertainments (everything from cartoons to movies to [non-explicit] striptease)... The meaning is the contrast between the sadness of Bastille suffering his Bad News and a the emptiness of trying to be entertained when you are sad. TV, YouTube and any other 'entertainment' can't help a sufferer. Only another person can. You.

The meaning of Bad News is how we deal with suffering. On one hand, the person suffering sudden bad news doesn't know how to react. Thoughts fly through his head about destruction, or expecting a perfect reaction of comprehension from his friends. On the other hand, some friends back away from other people's suffering. They're not bad at heart, they "Don't know what to say." 
The hardest part about suffering is loneliness. Hurting people don't need words. They need someone to sit down beside them and just try to engage, to suffer with them. 

Ask yourself: How do I treat other people's suffering? Back away or engage?


LYRICS:
Bad news like a sucker punch, what do you say?
Air knocked out of my lungs want you to stay
When you hear something difficult don't back away
Some people say nothing, good ones engage

Don't turn your back on me
Don't bury your head deep
Just cause you don't know what to say

Don't turn your back on me
Don't bury your head deep
Just cause you don't know what to say

It's true
That it kicks you in the teeth when you are least expecting
Bad news
Oh it beats you black and blue before you see it coming

Bad news like a sucker punch moving your way
People fill the streets like nothing has changed
Clapped hands if you're lonely don't leave the same
Planes fly overhead like any old day

Don't turn your back on me
Don't bury your head deep
Just cause you don't know what to say

Don't turn your back on me
Don't bury your head deep
Just cause you don't know what to say

It's true
That it kicks you in the teeth when you are least expecting
Bad news
Oh it beats you black and blue before you see it coming

Maybe you just want a world of destruction
I feel like I'm being consumed
Maybe I'm expecting a perfect reaction
It's pulled me back

It's true
That it kicks you in the teeth when you are least expecting
Bad news
Oh it beats you black and blue before you see it coming

It's true
That it kicks you in the teeth when you are least expecting
Bad news
Oh it beats you black and blue before you see it coming

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