FKA Twigs - Cellophane
“And didn't I do it for you?
Why won’t I do it for you?
Why won’t you do it for me?
When all I do is for you?
But I, just want to feel you're there
And I don't want to have to share our love
I try but I get overwhelmed
When you're gone, I have no one to tell
They're watching us
I'm not enough.”
Where’s the Meaning?
In her newest comeback song, “Cellophane”, FKA Twigs uses airy vocals and sodden lyrics to create a dreamlike energy around the song. The world of this song is one of a fog and haze, it is a world that is both inhabited and empty simultaneously: “But I, just want to feel you're there / And I don't want to have to share our love / I try but I get overwhelmed / When you're gone, I have no one to tell / They're waiting / They're watching / They're watching us / They're hating / They're waiting / And hoping / I'm not enough.” With these words, FKA Twigs paints an image of the mental state that many are forced to exist in - a constant battle between the desire to be independent of the opinions of others and the innate need to be accepted creates an almost exhaustive reality of being human.
In addition to this message, the heart of the song is self-doubt. Circling around the compulsive, intrusive thoughts that are trapped within a person’s mind, Cellophane asks the same questions over and over again, and never finds answers.
Cellophane tells the story of a vicious carousel which never ceases to lure one in. The lyrics talk of love that can never provide reassurance. And yet, the song’s finale offers some semblance of hope; breaking away from caring so deeply about the opinions of others and self-doubt. Through her words, “They're waiting / They're watching / They're watching us / They're hating / They're waiting / And hoping / I'm not enough,” it is as though she is finally able to see herself as better than the thoughts in her head; better than what people think.
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