Talking Body - Tove Lo




The Experience: Smoke, smoke, smoke me broke... 'til every little piece is gone. Tove Lo sings about what bodies become when you reduce them to toys....



Music video: Tove Lo gets out of bed in what's either a hotel room or a brothel, and goes looking for her boy toy. She finds him downstairs on the dancefloor, and they kiss until he breaks away to flee cops who are stalking them. She then sees him in the mirror of her bathroom, follows him through a lapdance hall into another party, where the kiss and the run from the cops repeats itself. This time he finds her waiting for him with a motorcycle. She throws him the keys to the ride - promising sex - and they ride off. Next scene she leads him into another club where he gets a private lapdance from two other girls wearing pasties. Halfway through they handcuff him, and walk away with the chair. Jailbars materialize in front of him, and the same policemen from before. Tove Lo walks up, kisses him one last time through the bars... then steals her motorcycle keys from his pocket and walks away. 

Talking Body is fairly explicit - I agree with the message but didn't put up the music video. However, the message behind it is very true. At first you think that the kiss is freedom and the cops are there to take it from him. But it's actually the other way around. The video starts with a mug shot of Tove Lo's boy toy (on the tv screen) and ends with him behind bars. The kisses, dance girls and ride are what traps him. Breaking off the kiss and running saved him twice because the cops - another incarnation of bad sex - couldn't catch him until he finally gave in. Sex without love is an empty promise that leaves you a slave.

The lyric video is a little less graphic than the music video, mixing newspaper cutouts of sex, drugs, alcohol, death and bondage to create the same bleak emptiness as the music video. A key detail is that the cutouts are dead images. There's no life, no true love.

The Meaning of Talking Bodies: When your body is just a pleasure toy that you try to use up as fast as you can... life gets very empty very fast. Just like Habits did, Talking Bodies uses despair to underline a conviction that there has to be hope. There has to be more. Even though the word love is only used to mean sex, the eloquent absence of any real relationship screams out that love is more than f-cking for life, and bodies are for far more than using 'em up 'til every little piece is gone. Those bodies can make babies, can live true love. There's a person behind every body. It's a mistake to talk body when you should be talking about people.

Ask yourself: Are you just an empty body? Do you actually love the people you use?

LYRICS:

Bed, stay in bed
The feeling of your skin locked in my head
Smoke, smoke me broke
I don't care I'm down for what you want

Day drunk into the night, wanna keep you here
Cause you dry my tears
Summer lovin' and fights, how it is for us
And it's all because

(x2)
Now if we're talking body
You got a perfect one so put it on me
Swear it won't take you long
If you love me right, we f-ck for life
On and on and on

Love, give me love
Anything you want I'll give it up
Lips, lips I kiss
Bite me while I taste you're finger tips

Day drunk into the night, wanna keep you here
Cause you dry my tears
Summer lovin' and fights, how it is for us
And it's all because

(x2)
Now if we're talking body
You got a perfect one so put it on me
Swear it won't take you long
If you love me right, we f-ck for life
On and on and on

Bodies
Oh baby making bodies we just use for fun
Bodies
Let's use 'em up 'til every little piece is gone

On and on and on (Let's go)
On and on (Let's go)

(x3)
Now if we're talking body
You got a perfect one so put it on me
Swear it won't take you long
If you love me right, we f-ck for life
On and on and on

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