Heartless - 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 don't do well when alone (I need love and help) VS. Tryna be a better man but I'm heartless never be a wedding plan for the heartless low life for life 'cause I'm heartless (I'm so broken I can't reach out for help).

Music video: A drug- and drink-filled gambling spree starts with The Weeknd feeling like he owns the place. It ends with him sobbing and fleeing the place after an acid trip, a frog that when licked turns him into a frog instead of the other way around, and new devil - different from the old man in Can't Feel My Face and The Hills - who drives by and sparks the final panic that will send The Weeknd into flight in Blinding Lights.

The Meaning of Heartless: The Weeknd teased After Hours the day before its release with the phrase "the fall starts tomorrow". That's a perfect description of the story arc stretching from Heartless to Blinding Lights to In Your Eyes. The Weeknd says he's back to my ways 'cause I'm heartlessHe needs help: I don't do well when alone. But he is alone. That heartlessness starts a spiral of destruction. Sex and drugs take him to a hellish mindscape - the distorted music from I'll never know what you see on - that sparks a frenetic attempt to flee.  Can he?

Ask yourself: Do you try to fill the void with things that make it so much worse?

Album: After Hours (2020)

LYRICS:


Metro, Metro, Metro
Yeah (Ayy)
(Slap, slap) Metro, Metro (Slap, slap, slap, slap, turn it)

Never need a b-tch, I'm what a b-tch need
Tryna find the one that can fix me
I've been dodging death in the six-speed
Amphetamine got my stummy feeling sickly
Yeah, I want it all now
I've been running through the p-ssy, need a dog pound
Hundred models getting faded in the compound
Tryna love me but they never get a pulse down

(Why?) 'Cause I'm heartless
And I'm back to my ways 'cause I'm heartless
All this money and this pain got me heartless
Low life for life 'cause I'm heartless
Said I'm heartless
Tryna be a better man but I'm heartless
Never be a wedding plan for the heartless
Low life for life 'cause I'm heartless

Said I'm heartless
So much p-ssy, it be falling out the pocket
Metro Boomin, turn this h-e into a mosh pit
Tesla pill got me flying like a cockpit
Yeah, I got her watching
Call me up, turn that p-ssy to a faucet
Duffel bags full of drugs and a rocket
Stix drunk but he never miss a target
Photoshoots, I'm a star now
I'm talkin' Time, Rolling Stone and Bazaar now
Selling dreams to these girls with their guard down (what?)
Seven years I've been swimming with the sharks now

(Why?) 'Cause I'm heartless
And I'm back to my ways 'cause I'm heartless
All this money and this pain got me heartless
Low life for life 'cause I'm heartless
Said I'm heartless
Tryna be a better man but I'm heartless
Never be a wedding plan for the heartless
Low life for life 'cause I'm heartless

I lost my heart and my mind (My mind)
I tried to always do right (Do right)
I thought I lost you this time (Time)
You just came back in my life (My life)
You never gave up on me (Why don't you)
I'll never know what you see (Why won't you)
I don't do well when alone (Oh, yeah)
You hear it clear in my tone

'Cause I'm heartless
And I'm back to my ways 'cause I'm heartless
All this money and this pain got me heartless
Low life for life 'cause I'm heartless
Said I'm heartless
Tryna be a better man but I'm heartless
Never be a wedding plan for the heartless
Low life for life 'cause I'm heartless

review by Benjamin O'Loughlin

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