SONGS

Liar - Camila Cabello

The Experience: I said I won't get too close but I can't stop it... When change visits your love and that might just be a good thing...
The Vibe: Tension.
The Topic: Relationships. Commitment.
The Value: Love. Authenticity.
The Tension: I don't care, it's good as gone (I've made my choice and foregone happinessVS. But I can't stop it (But my feelings are trumping my "good" sense).

Music video: Camila Cabello is stuck in a nightmare, caught between her incredibly wealthy but horribly insensitive fiancé and a poor busboy's declaration of love. She tries to hide her dilemma but it won't stay secret: the notes falling out of thin air. She tries to break off the engagement but calamity strikes every time... and the dream starts over. Until her subconscious finally admits the truth. Her fiancé is unsatisfactory, both personally (the necklace he loves more than her) and sexually (the sex toy that appears in her purse). The soap opera celebrity world (La Flaca and Gordita) derides her realness (Tammy) but Camila has broken free and found happiness: Mr. Bluebird perches on her hand as she wakes up in her own bed.

The Meaning of Liar: You're committing to a loveless relationship. Then someone else comes along and offers novelty. And maybe more. Liar explores being torn between your current bad and the unknown: what if. Suddenly your current love is a lie and you're not sure you even want to fight the change: oh no, there you go making me a liar oh no, there I go startin' up a fire. Camila rejects the threat of change in verse one. But by the final refrain she's fallen head over heels - oh no, you're making me a liar 'cause your clothes are on the floor - and started burning her old relationship down with the heat of the new one - another fire. The difficulty? She's tearing herself apart tying to do it on the low - what if... no one sees it? Is it more honest to come clean?

Ask yourself: Camila breaks with a relationship she still hasn't committed to. What happens when you already have committed?

Album: Romance - 2019

LYRICS:


I don't care if you're here
Or if you're not alone
I don't care, it's been too long
It's kinda like it didn't happen
The way that your lips move
The way you whisper slow
I don't care, it's good as gone

Uh, I said I won't lose control
I don't want it
I said I won't get too close
But I can't stop it

Oh no, there you go
Making me a liar
Got me begging you for more
Oh no, there I go
Startin' up a fire
Oh no, no
Oh no, there you go
Making me a liar
I kinda like it though
Oh no, there I go
Startin' up a fire
Oh no, no

They're watching, I feel it
I know I shouldn't stay
I picture your hands on me
(I think I wanna let it happen)
But what if you kiss me?
And what if I like it?
And no one sees it?

I said I won't lose control
I don't want it
I said I won't get too close
But I can't stop it

Oh no, there you go
Making me a liar
Got me begging you for more
Oh no, there I go
Startin' up a fire
Oh no, no
Oh no, there you go
Making me a liar
I kinda like it though
Oh no, there I go
Startin' up a fire
Oh no, no

Oh no, no, no
Here comes trouble, no, no
Startin' up a fire

I don't believe myself when I
Say that I don't need you
I don't believe myself when I
Say it, so don't believe me

Oh no, there you go
Making me a liar
Got me begging you for more
Oh no, there I go
Startin' up a fire
Oh no, no
Oh no, there you go
Making me a liar
I kinda like it though
Oh no, there I go
Startin up a fire
Oh no, no

(Yeah, nah, yeah, nah)
Oh no, no, no
Oh no, no, no
Oh no, you're making me a liar
'Cause your clothes are on the floor
Another fire

review by Benjamin O'Loughlin

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