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I Fell In Love With The Devil - Avril Lavigne

The Experience: I fell in love with the devil. And now I'm in trouble. Someone send me an Angel... They failed and there's not much else to say.
The Vibe: Despair. Struggle.
The Topic: Relationships.
The Value: Salvation.
The Tension: I fell in love with the devil (I'm lost and trapped) VS. Take me to heaven (I still hurt for something so much better).

Music video: A black-garbed Avril drive her own white-clad corpse to burial. In the other scenes I Fell In Love With the Devil leverages satanic and cult imagery, particularly the red dress, to portray her as the sacrifice in the devil's thrall. The only hope is approaching dawn as she stands alone in field open to heaven.

The Meaning of I Fell In Love With The Devil: It's a cry for help out of the depths of despair. Avril starts in a dark place - heartbreak explosions in reckless motions. That's when the devil appears. He preys on her broken life - got me playin' with fire (playin' with fire) baby, hand me the lighter. He seduces her. Traps her - but I-I-I-I-I can't stop the rush and I-I-I-I-I can't give you up. And the pain starts - and now I'm in trouble. She begs heaven not to give up on her - don't bury me alive. She cries out for help - someone send me an angel to lend me a halo and please, save me from this hell and take me to heaven.

Whether the devil is a toxic relationship, an addiction, personal demons or the Devil himself, the song is a powerful, poignant look at the battle for each of our souls. He stalks us in our brokenness and weakness. He's seductive. And we need heaven's aid. But that aid is there - the finally calm violins at the end of the song and the clearing sky of approaching dawn in the video's final frame.

Ask yourself: How heaven-bound are you?

Album: Head Above Water - 2019

LYRICS:


[MUSIC VIDEO: Angels, devils fight over me
Take me to heaven...]

Shotguns and roses make a deadly potion
Heartbreak explosions in reckless motion
Teddy bears and "I'm sorry" letters
Don't seem to make things better
Don't bury me alive
Sweet talkin' alibi

But I-I-I-I-I can't stop the rush
And I-I-I-I-I can't give you up
No, I-I-I-I-I know you're no good for me
You're no good for me

I fell in love with the Devil
And now I'm in trouble
I fell in love with the Devil
I'm underneath his spell (Oh-oh-oh-oh)
Someone send me an angel
To lend me a halo
I fell in love with the Devil
Please, save me from this hell (Oh-oh-oh-oh)

Got me playin' with fire (Playin' with fire)
Baby, hand me the lighter (Hand me the lighter)
Tastes just like danger (Tastes just like danger)
Chaotic anger

But I-I-I-I-I can't stop the rush
And I-I-I-I-I can't give you up
No, I-I-I-I-I know you're no good for me
You're no good for me

I fell in love with the Devil
And now I'm in trouble
I fell in love with the Devil
I'm underneath his spell (Oh-oh-oh-oh)
Someone send me an angel
To lend me a halo
I fell in love with the Devil
Please, save me from this hell (Oh-oh-oh-oh)

Angels and Devils always fight over me (Fight over me)
Take me to heaven, wake me up from this dream
Even in sunlight, clouds shadow over me (Shadow on me)
It's now or never, wake me up from this dream

(Sunlight, Sunlight, Shadow over me, It's now or never)

I fell in love with the Devil
And now I'm in trouble
I fell in love with the Devil
I'm underneath his spell
Someone send me an angel
To lend me a halo
I fell in love with the Devil
Please, save me from this hell (This hell)

Dig deep, six feet (Ahh, ahh, ahh, ahh, ahh, ahh, ahh)
Dig deep, it's killin' me (Ahh, ahh, ahh, ahh)
(I fell in love with the Devil)
Dig deep, six feet (Ahh, ahh, ahh, ahh, ahh, ahh, ahh)
(And now I'm in trouble)
(I fell in love with the Devil)
Dig deep (Ahh, ahh, ahh, ahh)
It's killin' me

review by Benjamin O'Loughlin

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