Thoughts & Meanings
The quirkiest lyrics in this song are, “Even if we’re strangers ’til we die.” The idea of wanting to fly or run away with a lover is a very familiar theme, and even the idea that feeling rich in the presence of someone who loves you is not very unusual, but the willingness to run away with someone knowing that you might actually remain strangers forever is intriguing. It’s truly a live-in-the-moment song of abandon. She wants so much to break out of the mold and do wild things like live in the wind, chase the sun, catch the fire, and give everything away. This is not a “let’s settle down and get married,” song at all. The adventure seems just as delicious as the idea of connecting with this tantalizing stranger.
I think the song/music video is a masterpiece in playing with what's hidden and what is shown. It points to the mysteries we're confronted with every day because we don't have the full picture. The same background posters reveal completely different messages and pictures depending on whether they are shot with a green tint or a red tint. I think this makes us examine whether or not we're getting the whole story in the media, whether we're consuming news or popular culture. The lyrics, like the background posters, alternate messages. Sometimes "I'm" trying to figure it out, and sometimes "you're" trying to figure it out; or, "I said I'd come, I promise I won't show." There is a constant, deliberate interplay of conflicted statements that shadow the truth. The video editing underscores that idea, revealing scenes and details out of sequence, removing and replacing the blood stains and weaponry at various times and purposefully ignoring the continuity issues that generally rule filmmaking. Ultimately, we'll figure out what's going on in our lives with or without the truth being revealed. Whether we're right or wrong, that's what we have to do.
To me, this song is about surrendering to love. Champagne is an interesting analogy, because it's a high-class drink enjoyed by the wealthy, but it also gives you an instant buzz and lets you release inhibitions in a spirit of celebration. She's saying that she is always thinking and dreaming about him, and gives into his advances (and into her feelings for him) all the time because his love is so complete and delicious that literally, the whole world fades away: "...leave it all tonight," and ""When there's nothing left except you and this..." I think it's a beautiful song, and speaks to the contentment of feeling so completely free with someone that you literally fall asleep counting his kisses.
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