I'm Not The Only One - Sam Smith


The Experience: You and me, we made a vow, for better or for worse. I can't believe you let me down... You tasted true love - you were special, cared for, cherished. But you never realized how much you needed that love, until they betrayed it, tore it up, and threw it into the gutter. And you with it...


Music video: The video for I'm Not The Only One adds imagery that passes harsh judgment on betrayal. She - dressed in white - is always in the open, bright light streaming through the windows: she truly loves, although she's in agony over him. He, on the other hand, is immersed in shadows from the moment he turns down the breakfast she made for him. The dive where he joins up with his "lover" - dressed in black - is dark and lurid, with no natural light. Then there's the wedding ring. He wears his even when he's betraying his wife, underlining how false his love is. She takes off hers, but it's not a choice - it's a loss that's destroying her. The video's one big drawback is the passion - you only see that in the betrayal, with no counterpart in their marriage. True, I'm Not The Only One is about betrayal, but it still seems like a one-sided story. True love is also passion, and the tragedy would have been much deeper if we had also had a glimpse of true love in it's glory, before seeing it on the rocks.

The Meaning of I'm Not The Only One: Love means you're special, unique, beloved. If you're not the only one, it's not true love. And you can't divide your heart between two people without breaking it, and losing the ability to love... maybe forever. I'm Not The Only One drives the point home by focusing on those broken hearts. The lyrics tell her story - he broke their vows ands she slowly realizes that she's not the only one, that she's not the love of his life. The pain of that loss - the proof's in the way it hurts - highlights how badly she needed to be loved. The music video hammers her pain home, but also highlights how his divided "love" - the wedding ring he wears even when he's betraying his wife - is false and empty, even when it's passionate.

Ask yourself: Is the person you love the only one?

LYRICS:

You and me, we made a vow
For better or for worse
I can't believe you let me down
But the proof's in the way it hurts

For months on end I've had my doubts
Denying every tear
I wish this would be over now
But I know that I still need you here

You say I'm crazy
'Cause you don't think I know what you've done
But when you call me baby
I know I'm not the only one

You've been so unavailable
Now sadly I know why
Your heart is unobtainable
Even though Lord knows you kept mine

You say I'm crazy
'Cause you don't think I know what you've done
But when you call me baby
I know I'm not the only one

I have loved you for many years
Maybe I am just not enough
You've made me realize my deepest fear
By lying and tearing us up

You say I'm crazy
'Cause you don't think I know what you've done
But when you call me baby
I know I'm not the only one

You say I'm crazy
'Cause you don't think I know what you've done
But when you call me baby
I know I'm not the only one

I know I'm not the only one
I know I'm not the only one
And I know...
I know I'm not the only one

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