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Say My Name Lyrics Meanings
by ODESZA
feat. Zyra

Electronic
2014
8K

Say My Name Lyrics

I wanna go so what'd you say
When you gonna let me know
If you give a damn about me
'Cause you got my hands tied
In my defense I always fall for confidence
And your compliments look good on me

'Cause nobody knows it better
Than the girl in the corner with the scarlet letter
And while you're watching
You may think that she doesn't matter
But no one knows you better, oh yeah

I wanna dance, I wanna dance with you
So take a chance, take a chance, oh yeah
I wanna dance, I wanna dance with you
So take a chance, take a chance, oh yeah
Oh yeah
Oh yeah
Oh yeah
Oh yeah

I need a sign or a signal
I've overthought everything I can think of into symbol
I need the coat and your jacket
And the remnants of your cigarette packet I wanna go so what'd you say
When you gonna let me know
If you give a damn about me
'Cause you got my hands tied
In my defense I always fall for confidence
And your compliments look good on me

'Cause nobody knows it better
Than the girl in the corner with the scarlet letter
And while you're watching
You may think that she doesn't matter
But no one knows you better

I wanna dance, I wanna dance, I wanna dance with you
So take a chance, take a chance, oh yeah
I wanna dance, I wanna dance, I wanna dance with you
I wanna dance, I wanna dance, oh yeah
Oh yeah
Oh yeah
Oh yeah
Oh yeah
Oh yeah
Oh yeah
Oh yeah
Oh yeah

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They lyrics here say "Oh yeah" but she ACTUALLY sings "Ho yeah". So I'm not sure why all the lyric sites state the slightly incorrect lyric.

I think It's about the loss of her innocence, he's your average typical jerk off (nothing special about him what-so-ever) and she's a beautiful innocent butterfly with dreams and a pure soul. He tells her what he thinks she wants to hear (puts on a show) for the world to see, when all along she was in love with the idea of him "beauty in the broken" Like those innocent fantacy fairytales we're told when we're little, in her is this purity and innocence that no one can have except herself. She believes in the good in people and the world and he wants to take that from her because he lacks that color in his crayon box. And no mediocre man can ever have/take her beautiful soul. In the end good always triumphs evil. A naturally kindhearted soul will always win, even if it means she has to wear the shame of his devious intentions, that's the gamble she's willing to take. the soul of an angel never dies no matter how dark the demons, she's declaring she'll still dance with him, just not his demons ;) "... You may think that she doesn't matter, but no one knows you better....." XoXo

I freaking love the beat on this song so much!! It's about flirting, about the chances of making out, the song is made for late night beach parties and the rest! Little does matter that I listen to it everyday while working out!

Mr_Voodoo- the scarlet letter seems most likely a literary reference to the classic book about adultery. If nobody in the place would understand the guy as much as the girl in the scarlet letter, it suggests that he is seeking an affair and she knows it because she has done so in the past, and recognizes his behavior. That may be reading a lot into it but it is the only reference I can make out of it. There aren't any other scarlet letters that would be worn by a girl that I can think of.

My main question about the song is; What is the scarlet letter? I absolutely love this song and would love even more to know more about the backstory

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