False Alarm - The Weeknd




The Experience: Dolla, dolla bill is her only type. You love her but you'll never be the one... She's attractive. She's beautiful. But she's not interested in love - she doesn't know what love is. So she'll always be alone...



Music video: In a bloody bank heist gone wrong, The Weeknd plays a thief with a soft spot for the hostage they take along the way. He spares her life, sparking a deadly fight with the other remaining criminal. After the ensuing crash he's the last one alive, bleeding out in the wreckage of their getaway car... and she takes the money and makes off with it before the cops arrive. With that, the last shred of hope for something better dies. He pulls out the now trademark crucifix to contemplate it wistfully before looking at himself in the mirror and blowing his own brains out. It's a brutal commentary on the emptiness of a life dedicated to money at any cost, and on a world where everyone - even the victim - does the same.


The Meaning of False Alarm: The Weeknd reflects on the empty shell girls become when they give in to what so many people want them to be: an available body. In the end, no one can fall in love with that - she always seems alone. And the girl herself ends up trying to fill her own hollowness with something else: money - diamonds - fashion - all red dress - fame - so obsessed with the camera lights - alcohol - she chase hearts with the Hennessy - or despair itself - it's a dark philosophy and it haunts her constantly. The music video adds a more despairing touch with its look at what happens when everyone lives that same dark philosophy.

Ask yourself: How do you help a girl be a person not an object?

Album: Starboy (2016)

LYRICS:

Bathroom stalls for the powder nose (she loves)
High heel shoes with the open toes (she loves)
She's got a good time wrapped in gold (she loves)
For you, for you
All red dress with the devil eyes (she loves)
So obsessed with the camera lights (she loves)
You love her, but you can't deny (she loves)
The truth, the truth

She loves everybody
Can't you tell by the signs?
She loves everybody
She gets off all the time
It's a dark philosophy
And it haunts her constantly
It's a false alarm to me
She's a false alarm

False alarm (hey, hey, hey, hey)
False alarm (hey, hey, hey, hey)
False alarm (hey, hey, hey, hey, hey)
False alarm (hey, hey, hey, hey)
False alarm (hey, hey, hey, hey)
False alarm (hey, hey, hey, hey, hey)


Six inch long, 'bout three inch wide (she loves)
Dolla, dolla bill is her only type (she loves)
You love her but you'll never be (she loves)
The one, the one
Diamonds and the rings are her fantasy (she loves)
She chase hearts with the Hennessy (she loves)
You love her, but you'll never be (she loves)
Enough, enough

She loves everybody
Can't you tell by the signs?
She loves everybody
She gets off all the time
It's a dark philosophy
And it haunts her constantly
It's a false alarm to me
She's a false alarm

She always leaves the man she loves
But the diamonds are forever
She always seems to be alone
But the diamonds make it better

False alarm (hey, hey, hey, hey)
False alarm (hey, hey, hey, hey)
False alarm (hey, hey, hey, hey, hey)
False alarm (hey, hey, hey, hey)
False alarm (hey, hey, hey, hey)

False alarm (hey, hey, hey, hey, hey)


by Benjamin O'Loughlin

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