Loving Someone

I sit here the morning after the election with one half of my heart full of anger, while the other half is filled with passion. I don’t want to get into who’s right and who’s wrong. That isn’t what my blog is about. Sharing things that help me, that will help you, is what I aim for. If there’s one thing that has opened my eyes to the views of our country, and even the world, is music. There’s one song in particular that stands out to me during this time; Loving Someone by The 1975. Yes, I talk about this band all the time, but this song has done something to me. It has helped me rethink how I view the news and social media. As a 20-year old college student, I’m aware and accepting of what is happening everyday in the world. I think it’s time for more people to become aware of the changes that need to be made and how our choices affect everyone around us. So this week I decided to do a breakdown of the lyrics! Here’s a link to the track – Loving Someone

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The 1975 set on 11/9/16 : credit to my love, @fvllingforhealy

 

Okay, time to dissect these lyrics :

Yeah, you should be loving someone
Oh, oh, loving someone
Yeah, you should be loving someone
Oh, oh, loving someone
Yeah, you should be…

These opening lines are very straight forward; you should be loving someone. Matty, the lead singer, could be implying that he’s learning how to love himself and others. We, as a whole, should be sharing more love with one another. That’s the main message he wants us all to learn throughout the song.

My heart is telling me the telly isn’t telling me anything
I need but it needs to keep selling me
Besides celebrities lacking in integrity
Holding up the status quo instead of showing the kids
That they matter, Who are they gonna batter next?
Just keep holding their necks and keep selling them sex
It’s better if we keep them perplexed
It’s better if we make them want the opposite sex
Disenfranchised young criminal minds in a car park beside where your nan resides are not slow, they’ve just never been shown that you should be…

Matty explains that what we see on television isn’t anything of substance, but rather a tactic to sell ideas and products to consumers. Celebrities show us what it’s like to live the life that they do, but don’t emphasize how important it is to be your own person. Sex keeps people engaged, and that’s what is being used as a tactic of sale. Younger adults are being manipulated by the media’s push of heterosexual views, instead of letting kids figure out who they are on their own. Kids are seen as delinquents and aren’t shown how to get back on the right path.

…be loving someone
Oh, oh, loving someone
Yeah, you should be loving someone
Oh, oh, loving someone
Oh, oh…

The chorus repeats. After the first verse, the phrase “loving someone” can be interpreted how you wish. Whether it means loving one person or everyone, it’s open to what you feel is what you need to be doing.

We’re all human, we’re just like you man
We’re sentient or something or other I can’t remember, whatever
We shouldn’t have people afloat
If it was safer on the ground, we wouldn’t be on a boat
Charlatan telepathy exploiting insecurity and praying on the purity
Of grief and its simplicity but I know that maybe I’m too skeptical
Even Guy Debord needed spectacles, you see
I’m the Greek economy of cashing intellectual cheques
And I’m trying to progress, but instead of selling sex…
And I think I should be…

This is one of my favorite verses in the song. The first line represents how “#relatable” celebrities make themselves out to be, yet they’re gradually losing themselves in the limelight. There is a possible reference to the refugee crisis and how people exploit young adults’ insecurities as another selling strategy. Guy Debord was an author who discussed the impacts of media on society and how manipulative it can be. Then there’s a reference to the fall of the Greek economy. Matty humbly compares it to his intellectual knowledge, as if he’s “cashing cheques.”

…loving someone
Oh, oh, loving someone
Yeah, you should be loving someone
Oh, oh, loving someone
Yeah, you should be loving someone
Oh, oh, loving someone
Yeah, you should be loving someone
Oh, oh, loving someone
Yeah, you should be…

At this point, we have learned that Matty doesn’t want to be viewed how other celebrities are. There’s a message in this song that he wants everyone to hear. We shouldn’t be forcing our kids to believe the popular choices or follow what everyone else is doing, but be showing the meaning behind what it means to genuinely care for one another. Share the love while also loving yourself.

I am forever in alongside the boys in jumpers
On bikes from schools and cars
With autumn leaves fallen sparse across mid-afternoon

There’s a connection between how he wishes he could be living the simpler life when he was younger. This was a time when media and social pressure weren’t so prominent in our lives.

She blazed about how
‘Cultural language is an operation system
A simple interface rendered feeble and listless
When tested with a divinity or a true understanding
Of the human condition
I never did understand – the duality of art and reality – living life and treating it as such but with a certain disconnect
To touch that cajoles at the artist with comfort and abandon,and between the spires and rolling roofs of the white city
That orange, English light cast only one, singular shadow

This goes into discussion of our form of communication and how it can’t come close to explaining and understanding the human condition. There’s a comparison between art and real life. We all see things differently and have diverse opinions, creating a type of disconnect. We have to learn to see things through the eyes of other people in order to become more aware and accepting.

For you are not beside but within me

Best line in the whole song. Although the person he is referencing isn’t there with him, they will forever be a part of him.

…loving someone
Oh, oh, loving someone
Yeah, you should be loving someone
Oh, oh, loving someone
Yeah, you should be loving someone
Oh, oh, loving someone
Yeah, you should be loving someone
Oh, oh, loving someone
Yeah, you should be loving someone
Oh, oh, loving someone
Oh, oh…

An amazing video from last night’s show. So much love and passion on stage and in the crowd. Loving Someone 11.9.16. Thank you to sweet Micaela for sharing this video with me.

Take a few minutes to listen to the song. I hope people understand that love is love, no matter who it’s with. Support one another. Respect one another. Understand one another. There’s no greater way to spread the love. See you next week!

Stay rad,

-Caroline Abigail

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