I’ve never met anyone with whom I have nothing at all in common, because there is one thing that links almost — or some would argue all — human beings, regardless of age, background or culture. That thing is, of course, music: I highly doubt that you are able to tell me truthfully that you hate all music, full stop. Although I’d love to explore why this is the way of life, your attention span is unlikely to permit me to do so, and besides — that’s not why i’m writing today. Instead, I want to talk about something vaguely relating to music, so I thought I’d write a deep and meaningful intro all about the human race’s relationship with music, before loosening the ties between my post and that topic. So, deep intro over…
Well, nearly … Let me explain: I’m sure that, from time to time, a lyric or set of lyrics, for whatever reason, resonates with you in some way. Sometimes, you can work out why; often, you can’t. Well, it comes as no surprise to me (and likely to you by now) that this happens to me too, and has in fact occurred over the last few days. I just wanted to write a post, exploring the lyrics which, for a reason currently unbeknown to me, mean so much in my head…
The below lyrics come from The Prologue of Halsey’s second studio album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, which I love more intensely than I love perfectly aligned ookshelves, or black, emo outfits.
“I am a child of a
Money hungry, prideful country
Grass is green and it’s always sunny
Hands so bloody, tastes like honey
I’m finding it hard to leave”
Those lyrics, though!! Have a listen to the above audio if you can: I think the real tone of the message which she conveys can only truly be understood by listening to her sing the words, rather than just reading them.
why, though, do they resinate with me so much? I can’t work it out, but I’m going to try here, now, and see if I can make sense of it.
(Dat grade 9 GCSE English analysis)
I think we can agree that Halsey is making a statement on her view of modern society — I think we are safe to say that ‘country’ is a metaphor for society, or more generally, the world we live in. By saying that she is a child of it, of course she is implying that she comes from it, and that it has created and raised her. There is, however, the stereotypical teenage (still technically child) rebellion: developing your own opinions, and should they oppose the views of those who raised you, fighting your corner and defending your opinions. And so, through this, I belive that Halsey is making her statement against society, and against our world, sticking her middle finger up at it all.
And I agree.
“Hands so bloody, tastes like honey”
The obvious juxtaposition in this line, and the contrast in ideas, just makes my little (OK, practically non-existent) brain sit up and go “woah”. ‘Cause this is deep shit, man.
It’s really interesting how Halsey makes that comment, referring both to the bloodshed in the world, not too rarely instigated by all-powerful countries and areas of society, and also the way in which those same countries and societies would like you to view them: sweet,and harmless, like honey. It’s complicated, but it’s a clear and — dare I say — blinding comparison between what we are expected to belive, and what we dnow is happening all the time, by our own hands.
And I agree.
“I’m finding it hard to leave”
This, in my opinion, is the most psychologically and socially interesting part of the lyrics. To explain what I think, though, I’m going to go back to a previous line: “I am a child”. a parent-child bond is one of the strongest in the world, and is consequently difficult to break: any university or college student likely knows this, although some feel it more than others. I guess what Halsey is saying here is that, howevr much she dislikes the society which she is a part of — through no fault of her own –, and the actions which it performs, she hasn’t got the stability or … courage? … to leave it behind.
And I agree.
Maybe I’ve made this all too cliché, but in my opinion, this all links to each of us, as individuals, but also as members of something bigger. I think I’ve discovered why this message resonates with me so much, and it’s so simple I don’t know why I didn’t see it before: I aagee with it. I relate to what Halsey sings here,– directly –, and I agree with her view of the world, her view of how things look in our ‘new-age’. I get what she’s saying, and hearing those words come out of not only her mouth, but mine as well, makes my agreement with her more concrete, more certain.
What do you think?