Blinding Lights - The Weeknd

The ExperienceIs there anyone? I can't find the way out of this hell alone...
The Vibe: Desperation.
The Topic: Despair.
The Value: Happiness.
The Tension: I look around and Sin City's cold and empty (There's no happiness here) VS. I'm blinded by the lights (I don't know where to go without someone to save me: I can't sleep until I feel your trust).

Music video: Blinding Lights picks up after Heartless as a drugged up The Weeknd runs from the blinding lights of his casino empire. He seeks the freedom of the rode in a very fast ride. He runs but he can't hide: two bouncers catch up to him and leave him on the ground, face bleeding and battered. Midway through, a single flash of a woman singing plugs into the lyrics themselves: The Weeknd's muse. Is she real? Is someone close enough and caring enough to help him actually break free?

The Meaning of Blinding Lights: A frenetic attempt to fill the void is reaching its limits: I'm running out of time 'cause I can see the sun light up the sky. So a desperate The Weeknd goes harder: So I hit the road in overdrive. But there's no happiness there: Sin City's cold and empty. Is there a way out? Maybe. But he can't find it alone: I'm blinded by the lights. There's a half-formed thought in the back of his drug-addled mind: I can't sleep until I feel your touch I said, ooh, I'm drowning in the night Oh, when I'm like this, you're the one I trust. But is she even real?

Ask yourself: Is there someone who loves you enough to break you out of any hell? Do you trust them enough to let them?

Album: After Hours (2020)

LYRICS:


Yeah

I've been tryna call
I've been on my own for long enough
Maybe you can show me how to love, maybe
I'm going through withdrawals
You don't even have to do too much
You can turn me on with just a touch, baby

I look around and
Sin City's cold and empty (Oh)
No one's around to judge me (Oh)
I can't see clearly when you're gone

I said, ooh, I'm blinded by the lights
No, I can't sleep until I feel your touch
I said, ooh, I'm drowning in the night
Oh, when I'm like this, you're the one I trust
Hey, hey, hey

I'm running out of time
'Cause I can see the sun light up the sky
So I hit the road in overdrive, baby, oh

The city's cold and empty (Oh)
No one's around to judge me (Oh)
I can't see clearly when you're gone

I said, ooh, I'm blinded by the lights
No, I can't sleep until I feel your touch
I said, ooh, I'm drowning in the night
Oh, when I'm like this, you're the one I trust

I'm just walking by to let you know (By to let you know)
I can never say it on the phone (Say it on the phone)
Will never let you go this time (Ooh)

I said, ooh, I'm blinded by the lights
No, I can't sleep until I feel your touch
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey

I said, ooh, I'm blinded by the lights
No, I can't sleep until I feel your touch

review by Benjamin O'Loughlin

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