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March 2017



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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.


I always thought of the song more of 'teenage melodrama' than 'stalking' -- a young woman in her first bad breakup who thinks that her current state (of loving her ex and not getting over him) will last forever because she can't magically shut off her feelings, but recognizes that her ex is not interested and their relationship is/was a mess.

But it could be the age I was (late teens) when it came out: I was currently revising my own thoughts on romance and love, so I projected that that in the song's narrator.