Bad At Love - Halsey




The Experience: I'd be lyin' sayin' you were the one who could fix me... Selfishness won't change, and can't love...


Music video: Halsey is wanted. That's also a synonym for loved - and that's what she's running from. In the end she escapes the danger of love and commitment, but are new friends and a joyride enough to fill her heart? She waves at the little boy at the door of the tent but the expression on Halsey's face is both fond and pained - that's something she'll never have.

The Meaning of Bad At Love: Like Halsey herself has introduced this song in concert, "I beg you to consider, what if it was your fault, what if you were the problem?" Halsey sings about relationships - both hetero- and homosexual - that could have been if she had only had the ability to change, to commit, to give something up. But she can't: I told him that I never really liked his friends and but he wants me in the kitchen with the dinner plate and jealousy get the best of me and got way better things to do. True, they weren't perfect either: tastes like Jack when I'm kissing him and he wants me in the kitchen with the dinner plate and she fell in love with little thin white lines. But in the end the fact that it didn't work out is on her: she won't or can't change - You know I'd be lyin' sayin' you were the one, ooh-ooh that could finally fix me. It's a depressing place to be. Is anyone good at love?

Ask yourself: What can you do to be good at love? What do you give up? What can you change?

Album: Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (2017)

LYRICS:
Got a boy back home in Michigan
And it tastes like Jack when I'm kissing him
So I told him that I never really liked his friends
Now he's gone and he's calling me a b-tch again
There's a guy that lives in a garden state
And he told me that we'd make it 'til we graduate
So I told him that the music would be worth the wait
But he wants me in the kitchen with a dinner plate

I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe
That we're meant to be
But jealousy, jealousy, jealousy, jealousy
Get the best of me
Look, I don't mean to frustrate,
But I always make the same mistakes, yeah
Always make the same mistakes 'cause...

I'm bad at love, ooh-ooh
But you can't blame me for tryin'
You know I'd be lyin' sayin'
You were the one, ooh-ooh
That could finally fix me
Lookin' at my history
I'm bad at love

Got a girl with California eyes
And I thought that she could really be the one this time
But I never got the chance to make her mine
Because she fell in love with little thin white lines
London girl with an attitude
We never told no one but we look so cute
Both got way better things to do
But I always think about it when I'm riding through

I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe
That I'm in too deep
And jealousy, jealousy, jealousy, jealousy
Get the best in me
Look, I don't mean to frustrate,
But I always make the same mistakes, yeah
Always make the same mistakes 'cause...

I'm bad at love, ooh-ooh
But you can't blame me for tryin'
You know I'd be lyin' sayin'
You were the one, ooh-ooh
That could finally fix me
Lookin' at my history
I'm bad at love, ooh-ooh
Oh, you know, you know, you know, you know
I'm bad at love, ooh-ooh
I'm bad at love, ooh-ooh

I know that you're afraid
I'm gonna walk away
Each time the feeling fades
Each time the feeling fades
I know that you're afraid
I'm gonna walk away
Each time the feeling fades

You know I'm bad at love, ooh-ooh
But you can't blame me for tryin'
You know I'd be lyin' sayin'
You were the one, ooh-ooh
That could finally fix me
Lookin' at my history
I'm bad at love, ooh-ooh
Oh, you know, you know, you know, you know
I'm bad at love, ooh-ooh

Oh, oh

review by Benjamin O'Loughlin

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