Lost in the Fire - Gesaffelstein & The Weeknd




The Experience: Lost in the fire... when love dies, if it was ever even alive...

Music video: The backdrop is The Weeknd and a sheeny black-coated Gesaffelstein. Storyline one follows flowers as they go from fresh to wilted and tainted - with the same black sheen that coats Gesaffelstain. Storyline two: Rodin's masterpiece white marble sculpture The Kiss, initially pristine, is stained the same oily black. Storyline three: a young woman, asleep, is pawed at by a leprous man. Storyline four: a young couple comes together naked under a sheer sheet but the the lit candle between them only foreshadows their tragic end as charred skeletons wrapped in an eternal embrace - and coated with the same black sheen. Random shots: a blindfolded African-american man, a blindfolded African-american woman, a Caucasian women kissing a skull, and a mystery woman shrouded in fiery smoke. The overall effect is death and despair: every story goes from beauty to darkness.

The Meaning of Lost in the Fire: The lyrics present a relationship on the rocks - we lost a lot of things in the fire. The Weeknd wants it back - I'm tired of being home alone. But from there on in it's a very mixed bag. There's commitment: I can't lose you and I want a baby and I want you to stay. There's a fixation on sex - I wanna f-ck you slow with the lights on -  and sex games - I take it off you're the one I roll the dice on. But things get much more complicated when he loves - or maybe only wants - her so much that he's willing to ride roughshod over the fact that at least for now she likes girls, and offers a threesome to accommodate her self-identified phase. So the commitment didn't mean exclusivity - he's awkwardly willing to share. And the love? Much more about what he wanted than about her. Whatever love there might have been was definitely lost in the fire.

Ask yourself: Do you confuse wanting with loving? Is the reason love fails because the right ingredients were never there to begin with?

Album: Hyperion (2018)

LYRICS:


I wanna f-ck you slow with the lights on
(Lights on, lights on, lights on)
You're the only one I got my sights on
(Sights on, sights on, sights on)
Type of sex you can never put a price on
(Price on, price on, price on)
I take it off, you're the one I roll the dice on
(Dice on, dice on, dice on)

And I just want a baby with the right one
(I just want a baby with the right one)
'Cause I could never be the one to hurt one
(I could never be the one to hurt)
'Cause we lost a lot of things in the fire
So it took a year for me to find out (Find out, find out)

I can't lose you babe
I can't lose you babe
I can't lose you babe, oh (Oh)
I can't lose you babe
I can't lose you babe
I can't lose you babe, oh

I'm tired of being home alone
Used to have a girl a day
But I want you to stay (I want you to stay, hey)
You said you might be into girls
Said you're going through a phase
Keeping your heart safe (Keeping your heart safe, oh)

Well baby, you can bring a friend
She can ride on top your face
While I f-ck you straight (While I f-ck you straight)

And we lost a lot of things in the fire
So it took a year for me to find out (Find out, find out)

I can't lose you babe
I can't lose you babe
I can't lose you babe, oh
I can't lose you babe
I can't lose you babe
I can't lose you babe, oh

I'm tired of being home alone
Used to have a girl a day
But I want you to stay (I want you to stay)

I can't lose you babe
I can't lose you babe
I can't lose you babe, oh

I can't lose you babe
I can't lose you babe
I can't lose you babe, oh


review by Benjamin O'Loughlin

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