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Rare - Selena Gomez

The ExperienceI know that I'm special... I have worth and I should be able to find someone who will cherish me...
The Vibe: Confidence and doubt.
The Topic: Self worth.
The Value: Intimacy.
The Tension: I'm special (Security) VS. It seems like you don't care (Insecurity)

Music video: Selena Gomez, striking in different outfits and surreal landscapes... but always unappreciated, unaccompanied, alone.

The Meaning of Rare: It isn't enough to be and love yourself. We all yearn for the appreciation, recognition and admiration of others. When we don't receive it we can begin to doubt our unique value, our "rare": my ambitions were too high. Rare's lyrics show no doubts about her value: I know that I'm special. But they do begin to doubt whether anyone will ever appreciate that value. Selena yearns to be cherished. She wanted intimacy: waiting for you upstairs. She offers constant commitment: always there. She's not on a selfish ego trip: I don't have it all I'm not claiming to. There's no response: you don't do the same for me. Selena's willing to move on. She's promising to find someone who will appreciate her. But there is still that hint of a doubt. Will anyone else be any different?

Ask yourself: Do you let yourself need love and affirmation?

Album: Rare (2020)

LYRICS:


Baby, you've been so distant from me lately
And lately don't even wanna call you "baby"

Saw us getting older
Burning toast in the toaster
My ambitions were too high
Waiting up for you upstairs
Why you act like I'm not there?
Baby, right now it feels like

It feels like you don't care
Oh why don't you recognize I'm so rare?
Always there
You don't do the same for me
That's not fair

I don't have it all
I'm not claiming to
But I know that I'm special, yeah
And I'll bet there's somebody else out there
To tell me I'm rare, to make me feel rare

Baby, don't make me count up all the reasons
To stay with you
No reason why you and I are not succeeding
Uh uh

Saw us getting older
Burning toast in the toaster
My ambitions were too high
Waiting up for you upstairs
Why you act like I'm not there?
Baby, right now it feels like

It feels like you don't care
Oh why don't you recognize I'm so rare?
Always there
You don't do the same for me
That's not fair

I don't have it all
I'm not claiming to
But I know that I'm special, yeah
And I'll bet there's somebody else out there
To tell me I'm rare, to make me feel rare (Yeah, yeah)

I'm not gonna beg for you
I'm not gonna let you make me cry (Make me cry)
Not getting enough from you
Didn't you know I'm hard to find? (Hard to find)

Saw us getting older
Burning toast in the toaster
My ambitions were too high (too high)
Waiting up for you upstairs
Why you act like I'm not there?
Baby, right now it feels like

It feels like you don't care
Why don't you recognize I'm so rare?
I'm always there
You don't do the same for me
That's (That's)
Not (Not)
Fair

I don't have it all (I don't have it all)
I'm not claiming to (I'm not claiming to)
I know that I'm special, yeah
And I'll bet there's somebody else out there
To tell me I'm rare, to make me feel rare
Oh yeah

So rare
(Rare)
(Rare)

review by Benjamin O'Loughlin

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