Bad Liar - Imagine Dragons




The Experience: I can't be what you want me to be...I'm a bad liar... When you can't hide or hide from your brokenness...

Music video: Still waiting.

The Meaning of Bad Liar: The cover art showcases a strong man, but one who's downtrodden, his head in his hands. And one who has no skin to hide behind. That image matches Bad Liar's message. Bad Liar delves into the same theme as Demons and Monster: our own brokenness and how that affects the people who loves. Demons refuses to despair - I can't escape this now unless you show me how - and Monsters refuses to throw in the towel - I'm taking a stand to escape what's inside me. But Bad Liar is a single devastating snapshot of despair - perfect paradise tearing at the seams. Despair so deep that it fears integrity and faith because in a doomed world those gifts are never more than crocodile tears. The music itself underlines the same vibe: there's tension but it's not a fight anymore. It's the tension of something ripping apart, and asking the people you love to come to terms and let you go. The only glimmer of hope is the fact that someone - my dear - isn't willing to.

Ask yourself: Do you truly want others to give up on you?

Album: Origins (2018)

LYRICS:


Oh, hush, my dear, it's been a difficult year
And terrors don't prey on innocent victims
Trust me, darlin', trust me darlin'
It's been a loveless year
I'm a man of three fears
Integrity, faith and crocodile tears
Trust me, darlin', trust me, darlin'

So look me in the eyes, tell me what you see
Perfect paradise, tearin' at the seams
I wish I could escape it, I don't wanna fake it
Wish I could erase it, make your heart believe

But I'm a bad liar, bad liar
Now you know, now you know
I'm a bad liar, bad liar
Now you know, you're free to go

Did all my dreams never mean one thing?
Does happiness lie in a diamond ring?
Oh, I've been askin' for
Oh, I've been askin' for problems, problems, problems
I wage my war, on the world inside
I take my gun to the enemy's side
Oh, I've been askin' for (Trust me, darlin')
Oh, I've been askin' for (Trust me, darlin') problems, problems, problems

So look me in the eyes, tell me what you see
Perfect paradise, tearin' at the seams
I wish I could escape it, I don't wanna fake it
Wish I could erase it, make your heart believe

But I'm a bad liar, bad liar
Now you know, now you know
I'm a bad liar, bad liar
Now you know, you're free to go

I can't breathe, I can't be
I can't be what you want me to be
Believe me, this one time
Believe me

I'm a bad liar, bad liar
Now you know, now you know
I'm a bad liar, bad liar
Now you know, you're free to go

Oh-oh-oh
Please believe me
Please believe me



review by Benjamin O'Loughlin
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