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contaminated - BANKS

The Experience: I don't wanna come to your party but I want the invitation... I'm torn between the darkness I can't tear myself away from and the light I desperately need.
The Vibe: Melancholy.
The Topic: Toxic relationships.
The Value: Loves.
The Tension: I wish I could change it (I care about you and us) vs. We're always gonna be contaminated (There is no way this relationship can heal from its toxic beginnings).

Music video: Still waiting. The lyric video portrays a paint-spattered dancer. But the paint and the flowers can't hide that her clothes are torn, or the torment in her dance.

The Meaning of contaminated: The relationship started toxic. It started with betrayal and infidelity: you love me like you promised your wife. For him it was shameless: you took the dark for granted and it's almost like you planned it in the daylight. He was convincing: I like the words you say. But she's discovered she can't get away from the first lie that contaminated the whole relationship: maybe if I could believe it I could just stay. There's only one way back into the light. End it: we're always gonna be contaminated and oh, I know what we need you start letting me go our love is tainted. That's the only way to attain the true love you're yearning for.

Ask yourself: How do you attain love when the harsh facts keep intruding on a relationship you like?

Album: III - 2019

LYRICS:


You wanna get to know me
You memorized the lines of my thighs
I knew before you told me you'd get it right
And you took the dark for granted
And you love me like you promised your wife
It's almost like you planned it in the daylight

Ooh, I can attain it
Ooh, I can attain it
Ooh, I can attain it
Ooh, I can attain it
Ooh, I can attain it
Ooh, I can attain it

I like the way you say it
Tell me the words you told me that day
Maybe if I could believe it I could just stay
'Cause I like the way you do it
Yeah I like the way you move it baby show me the way
I like the way you get it on the freeway

And I wish I could change it
And we're always gonna be contaminated
And oh, I know what we need
You start letting me go
Our love is tainted

You said they'd be against us
I say, "You care too much what they say"
You said, "Do me a favor, give me some faith"
'Cause you promised me you'd do it
You said, "Baby, let me prove it, look at me in the face
This is the face of someone who loves you, babe"

And I wish I could change it
And we're always gonna be contaminated
And oh, I know what we need
You start letting me go
Our love is tainted

You start letting me go
You start letting me go
(Stay)
You start letting me go
You start letting me go
(Stay)

And I wish I could change it
And we're always gonna be contaminated
And oh, I know what we need
You start letting me go
Our love is tainted
And I wish I could change it
And we're always gonna be contaminated
And oh, I know what we need
You start letting me go
('Cause our love is tainted)

Ooh, I can attain it
Ooh, I can attain it
Ooh, I can attain it
Ooh, I can attain it
Ooh, I can attain it


review by Benjamin O'Loughlin

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