The Hills - The Weeknd



The Experience: I only love it when you touch me, not feel me. When I'm f-cked up, that's the real me... Selfish, obsessed with sex, and very very sad...



Music video: The Hills underlines the despair and ruin of the lyrics. Abel is wrecked and bloodied. He doesn't care about the girls he had in the car. When he gets home every room is long abandoned except for the bedroom - the only thing in his life is sex. And there's no love there, just lurid red lighting, flickering flames in the fireplace behind the bed, two prostitutes staring vacantly into space, and one skeletal old man caressing an apple - a symbol for sin and damnation. Has Abel died and found himself face to face with the devil? Or is he just saying that his sex-soaked and love-starved life is a living hell?

The Meaning of The Hills: True love and real life love can unfortunately be very different things. Abel is singing self-seeking pleasure - I only love it when you touch me, not feel me. And the whole song reverbs with that empty pleasure that only leaves him hollow, broken, and frustrated that other people want real love when he's too selfish to even consider loving. Life without love is hell.

The final seemingly nonsense words are actually Amharic, the language of Ethiopia, Abel's country of origin. Their declaration of love could be Abel mocking himself, or a small spark of goodness trying to break through to his heart.

Ask yourself: How can "love" fall so low?

LYRICS:

Your man on the road, he doing promo
You said keep our business on the low-low
I'm just tryna get you out the friend zone
'Cause you look even better than the photos
I can't find your house, send me the info
Driving through the gated residential
Found out I was coming, sent your friends home
Keep on tryna hide it but your friends know

I only call you when it's half past five
The only time that I'll be by your side
I only love it when you touch me, not feel me
When I'm f-cked up, that's the real me
When I'm f-cked up, that's the real me, yeah
I only f-ck you when it's half past five
The only time I'd ever call you mine
I only love it when you touch me, not feel me
When I'm f-cked up, that's the real me
When I'm f-cked up, that's the real me, babe

I'ma let you know and keep it simple
Tryna keep it up, don't seem so simple
I just f-cked two bitches 'fore I saw you
You gon' have to do it at my tempo
Always tryna send me off to rehab
Drugs start to feeling like it's decaf
I'm just tryna live life for the moment
And all these motherf-ckers want a real love

I only call you when it's half past five
The only time that I'll be by your side
I only love it when you touch me, not feel me
When I'm f-cked up, that's the real me
When I'm f-cked up, that's the real me, yeah
I only f-ck you when it's half past five
The only time I'd ever call you mine
I only love it when you touch me, not feel me
When I'm f-cked up, that's the real me
When I'm f-cked up, that's the real me, babe

Hills have eyes, the hills have eyes
Who are you to judge, who are you to judge?
Hide your lies, girl, hide your lies
Only you to trust, only you

I only call you when it's half past five
The only time that I'll be by your side
I only love it when you touch me, not feel me
When I'm f-cked up, that's the real me
When I'm f-cked up, that's the real me, yeah
I only f-ck you when it's half past five
The only time I'd ever call you mine
I only love it when you touch me, not feel me
When I'm f-cked up, that's the real me
When I'm f-cked up, that's the real me, babe

What about love? What about love?

Ewedihalehu
Yene konjo, ewedihalehu
Yene fikir, fikir, fikir, fikir

Yene fikir, fikir, fikir, fikir

[In Amharic: 
I love you a lot,
My beautiful, I love you a lot
My love, love, love, love
My love, love, love, love]

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