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bad girls marlene make my day

i promise i'm not trying to make your life harder

So, I'm reasonably confident that the Police's "Every Breath You Take" is a savvy enough song to know just how deeply sophipathological it is. I'm pretty confident about Blondie's "One Way Or Another." (Still amuses me that the first couple of seasons of Farscape use a modified but identifiable version of the riff in the theme. Because yeah.) 

And I know Sarah McLachlan's "Possession" does, because she wrote it that way on purpose.

I'm willing to give unreliable narrators a lot of benefit of the doubt, and people in art do not exist to be role models.

Dido's "White Flag," on the other hand...

I'm pretty sure this song does not know how fucked up it is. I'm just saying. And I'm pretty sure the object of the song needs a restraining order.



...It is pretty, though.

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The funny thing is, not having seen this video for several years, I always had it in my head as "the girl and the boy are both wandering around wistfully, thinking of each other and their former did-not-end-well relationship"-- as if it were a duet. Which, I guess, would be a creepy stalker duet, now that I'm considering the song in that light.*

It's funny how the videos can affect one's perception of the song and the lyrics (oddly, the other example that comes to mind immediately in terms of "and now I can never hear this song the same way again after seeing that..." is "Call Me Maybe"...).


*or, taking the song on it's own, no visuals, a creepy stalker monologue.