Let You Love Me - Rita Ora




The Experience: Let you love me... Love you force on someone isn't love at all. True love means waiting. Hoping. Fingernail-biting. Respect. Deep gratitude when the gift of love is given back to you. Freedom to let them love you - or not. And the courage to let yourself be loved...


Music video: Rita Ora gives a boy every come on in the book at a party, finally getting him alone upstairs. That's when her girlfriend - or sister (Rita Ora's professed bisexuality let's you pick) - barges in, breaks it up and carts a happy Rita out of the house. The dynamics of the music video follow the lyrics: she lets him get close, but then takes off. But the overall effect is cheaper than the lyrics themselves: the relationship is superficial: just a random boy at a party. The attraction is purely physical. And Rita "lets" the boy toy love her a little, but isn't at all put out when it's suddenly over.

The Meaning of Let You Love Me: According to Billboard (here) Let You Love Me explores "Ora’s feelings of uncertainty when entering a new relationship".  That uncertainty is healthy. Respecting the person you love means acknowledging that they don't have to love you back. You can't oblige or deserve love. It's a gift. And that makes receiving it something marvelous. And letting yourself receive it... something courageous.

Ask yourself: Do you take relationships for granted?

Album: Phoenix (2018)

LYRICS:


I should've stayed with you last night
Instead of going out to find trouble
That's just trouble (yeah)
I think I run away sometimes
Whenever I get too vulnerable
That's not your fault (yeah)

See I wanna stay the whole night
I wanna lay with you till the sun's up
I wanna let you inside
Oh, heaven knows I've tried

I wish that I could I let you love
Wish that I could let you love me
I wish that I could I let you love
Wish that I could let you love me
Say what's the matter, what's the matter with me?
What's the matter with me?
Oh, I wish that I could I let you love
Wish that I could let you love me now
I wish, I wish, I wish, I wish, I
I wish, I wish, I wish, I wish, I

And every time it gets too real
And every time I feel like sabotaging
I start running again
And every time I push away
I really wanna say that I'm sorry (yeah)
But I say nothing (yeah)

See I wanna stay the whole night
I wanna lay with you till the sun's up
I wanna let you inside
Oh, heaven knows I've tried

I wish that I could I let you love
Wish that I could let you love me
I wish that I could I let you love
Wish that I could let you love me
Say what's the matter, what's the matter with me?
What's the matter with me?
Oh, I wish that I could I let you love
Wish that I could let you love me now
I wish, I wish, I wish, I wish, I
I wish, I wish, I wish, I wish, I

(I wanna) stay with you till the morning
(I wanna) lay with you through the sunrise
(I wanna) show you that you're my only
(I wanna lay with you till the sun's up)
(I wanna) stay with you till the morning
(I wanna) lay with you through the sunrise, through the sunrise
Oh, heaven knows I've tried

I wish that I could I let you love
Wish that I could let you love me
I wish that I could I let you love
Wish that I could let you love me
Say what's the matter, what's the matter with me?
What's the matter with me?
Oh, I wish that I could I let you love
Oh, I wish that I could I let you love me
Say what's the matter, what's the matter with me?
What's the matter with me?
Oh, I wish that I could I let you love
Wish that I could let you love me now
I wish, I wish, I wish, I wish, I
I wish, I wish, I wish, I wish, I


review by Benjamin O'Loughlin
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