I've been annoyed at the song "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd since I first heard it. It says mostly the same lines over and over, and I don't have any idea what the hell it means. And even though it annoys me, I know all those repeated lines and I end up singing along. I can't help myself. Ug.
But today, I made a huge discovery.
It's not just some stupid love song about loving someone so much it feels like your face is frozen and you can't feel it (what?). It's actually a drug reference song! It's all about cocaine! Once you think of the song in that context, it actually makes sense.
I learned this on a really cool podcast I've recently started listening to called "Switched on Pop". It's hosted by 2 guys, one's a musicologist, the other's a songwriter, and they discuss the making and meaning of popular music.
This week's episode on "Switched on Pop" is episode 20, and it's called "The Weekend: Dance Of Deception". It's a fascinating 23 minute podcast. So put on those sneaks, put in those earbuds, go for a brisk walk and have a listen. You'll never think of that song the same way again!