In Your Eyes - 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: In Your Eyes follows Blinding Lights deeper down the rabbit hole of despair. The Weeknd finds "his" muse at a dance club, killing her boyfriend after they both join him on an elevator. The rest of the video is his chase after the bloodied woman he thinks will save him. Or is he so far gone that he's already a heartless monster? She understandably thinks so, and puts him down with a firefighter's ax. But then she takes his head with her back to the club as her dance partner and to a rooftop as a trophy. In the end, she's abusively needy too...

The Meaning of In Your Eyes: The lyrics define a toxic relationship goes both ways. He wants someone to save him. She wants someone to love. And they're both willing to lie to themselves to get what they want: I'm blind, I'm blind in your eyes, you lie, but I don't let it define you. They've both tried to force their toxic neediness on others and been rejected: I tried to find love in someone else too many times. In Your Eyes finds them both together and able to lie to themselves about what they actually see in each others eyes. Toxic? Definitely. Fatal? According to the music video, that too.

Ask yourself: Can you have happiness without truth? Is the lie worth living?

Album: After Hours (2020)

LYRICS:


I just pretend that I'm in the dark
I don't regret 'cause my heart can't take a loss
I'd rather be so oblivious
I'd rather be with you

When it's said, when it's done, yeah
I don't ever wanna know
I can tell what you done, yeah
When I look at you

In your eyes
I see there's something burning inside you
Oh, inside you
In your eyes, I know it hurts to smile but you try to
Oh, you try to

You always try to hide the pain
You always know just what to say
I always look the other way
I'm blind, I'm blind
In your eyes, you lie, but I don't let it define you
Oh, define you

I tried to find love
In someone else too many times
But I hope you know I mean it (Mean it)
When I tell you you're the one that was on my mind, oh

When it's said, when it's done, yeah
I would never let you know (Let you know)
I'm ashamed of what I've done, yeah
When I look at you

In your eyes (Your eyes)
I see there's something burning inside you (Inside you)
Oh, inside you (Oh, inside you)
In your eyes, I know it hurts to smile but you try to (But you try to)
Oh, you try to (You try to)

You always try to hide the pain (Oh, oh)
You always know just what to say (Oh, dear)
I always look the other way
I'm blind, I'm blind
In your eyes, you lie, but I don't let it define you (Hey)
Oh, define you

In your eyes
I see there's something burning inside you
Oh, inside you

You always try to hide the pain
You always know just what to say
I always look the other way
I'm blind, I'm blind
In your eyes, you lie, but I don't let it define you
Oh, define you

review by Benjamin O'Loughlin

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