Naked - Ava Max

The Experience: Really see me naked see me for real... Yearning for intimacy that's more than skin deep...

The Vibe: Nostalgia. Yearning. Hope.

The Topic: Intimacy.

The Tension: Disappointment: unknown and unloved even in intimate relationships (you can take off all my clothes and never see me naked) VS. Hope (if I let you leave the light on and I drop my guard promise that you'll see me for my truth and not my scars).



Music video: Ava Max's principal look includes product info and a bar code. She's presented as an object to be sold, purchased, used, returned, discarded... but not as a person. She's seen, and very close to naked. But she's not seen for real.

The Meaning of Naked: The connection we yearn for goes beyond physical intimacy. Ava Max wants intimacy: tell me if it's safe to bare my soul I wanna show you my deepest secrets I think I'm ready to be exposed. But that desire  for intimacy is rarely met. Sometimes we don't ever share who we truly are: when I play my cards keep 'em close to my chest never fall in love everybody loses the bet. Sometimes we settle for physical intimacy hoping it will fill the void: underneath I just need to forget so come and get me undressed. But eventually that need for intimacy overwhelms us: if I keep my distance, I can't connect with you; lay my head on your chest and just surrender. When we do, will you see us for real?

Ask yourself: Do you settle for less than authentic intimacy?

Album:  Heaven & Hell (2020)

LYRICS:

Wrap me in designer sheets and trace along this frame
Ask me why they used to say that trouble was my name
I've been playin' a fool since I stepped into the game
Tell me I'm like Heaven, take the good Lord's name in vain

But when I play my cards, keep 'em close to my chest
Never fall in love, everybody loses the bet
But underneath, I just need to forget
So come and get me undressed

Well, you can take off all my clothes
And never see me naked
See me for real
If you don't know my heart
You're never gonna break it
Baby
Tell me if it's safe to bare my soul
I wanna show you my deepest secrets
I think I'm ready to be exposed
I want you watching me
When you take off all my clothes
And really see me naked
See me for real

If I let you leave the light on and I drop my guard
Promise that you'll see me for my truth and not my scars

But when I play my cards, keep 'em close to my chest
Never fall in love, everybody loses the bet
But underneath, I just need to forget
So come and get me undressed

Well, you can take off all my clothes
And never see me naked
See me for real
If you don't know my heart
You're never gonna break it
Baby
Tell me if it's safe to bare my soul
I wanna show you my deepest secrets
I think I'm ready to be exposed
I want you watching me
When you take off all my clothes
And really see me naked
See me for real

If I keep my distance, I can't connect with you
Lay my head on your chest and just surrender
Just surrender to you

Well, you can take off all my clothes
And never see me naked
If you don't know my heart
You're never gonna break it, yeah
(Oh, you) Tell me if it's safe to bare my soul
I wanna show you my deepest secrets
I think I'm ready to be exposed
I want you watching me
When you take off all my clothes
And really see me naked
See me for real

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