"Fear and Loathing" as written by and Marina Lambrini Diamandis....
I've lived a lot of different lives
Been different people many times
I live my life in bitterness
And fill my heart with emptiness

And now I see, I see it for the first time
There is no crime in being kind
Not everyone is out to screw you over
Maybe, oh just maybe they just wanna get to know ya

Now the time is here
Baby, you don't have to live your life in fear
And the sky is clear
Is clear of fear

Don't wanna live in fear and loathing
I wanna feel like I am floating
Instead of constantly exploding
In fear and loathing

Got different people inside my head
I wonder which one that they like best
I'm done with tryin' to have it all
And endin' up with not much at all

And now the time is here
Baby you don't have to live your life in fear
And the sky is clear
Is clear of fear
Of fear

Don't wanna live in fear and loathing
I wanna feel like I am floating
Instead of constantly exploding
In fear and loathing

And when the time comes along and the lights run out
I know where I will belong when they blow me out

Don't wanna live in fear and loathing
I wanna feel like I am floating
Instead of constantly exploding
In fear and loathing

I wanna be completely weightless
I wanna touch the edge of greatness
Don't wanna be completely faithless
Completely faithless

When the time comes around
When the lights will go out
When the time comes around
When the lights they go out


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"Fear and Loathing" as written by Marina Lambrini Diamandis

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  • +3
    General CommentThis song leaves me speechless. I know it sounds cheesy, but it seems like she took my jumbled thoughts and put them into a song. I have it playing on repeat. It makes me feels so calm and happy. It energizes me. Electra Heart cannot come soon enough.
    FaerietaleDreamson April 19, 2012   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI find this song really uplifting and inspirational. I feel like there is a definite connection between Marina's songs (like, they all go in a certain order, and she uses similar ideas/lyrics to link songs). She is the only artist I know who does this, and it really gets me every time.

    On the official Marina and the Diamonds Vevo account, the music video for this song is labeled as 'Part 1: Fear and Loathing' - this is really important, because it shows us that this song is the beginning of a transformation. Her previous album is all about being an outsider, not trusting anyone, and basically feeling like crap. My interpretation of 'Fear and Loathing' is that Marina is realising that she doesn't want to live like this anymore, in 'fear' (of herself and of relationships) and 'loathing' (herself and other people).

    "I've lived a lot of different lives
    Been different people many times
    I live my life in bitterness
    And fill my heart with emptiness"

    This section is talking about how she has spent her life trying on different personalities, trying to figure out who she is. We can see this in her first album too - she plays with a few different looks, costumes, even music genres. She is a bitter person, doesn't deal well with people/relationships, and she struggles with the feeling of emptiness that results from this.

    "And now I see, I see it for the first time
    There is no crime in being kind
    Not everyone is out to screw you over
    Maybe, yah, just maybe they just want to get to know you"

    This section is Marina realising that it's okay to let people in, and to form relationships. I think she must have had a tough time with relationships as a kid/teenager, and that people have 'screwed her over' too often, making her bitter and cynical. It's a realisation that people don't always have ulterior motives, as she has always felt, and that she is lonely because of her fear of forming relationships.

    "Now the time is here
    Baby, you don't have to live your life in fear
    And the sky is clear
    It's clear of fear"

    In this section, Marina is talking to herself, telling herself that it's time to let go of her bitterness and fear. This is a beautiful part of the song, like a gentle push to go out and let people in. She has finally realised that she doesn't want to live under 'clouds', and now 'the sky is clear'.

    "Don't wanna live in fear and loathing
    I wanna to feel like I am floating
    Instead of constantly exploding
    In fear and loathing"

    This section is fairly self-explainatory - she doesn't want to live this way anymore, and she wants to feel like she is 'floating'. I think the floating part means she wants to have the weight of bitterness lifted off her shoulders, and the constantly exploding part means she pushes people away by getting angry because she is scared to form relationships with them.

    "Got different people inside my head
    I wonder which one that they like best
    I'm done with tryin' to have it all
    And ending up with not much at all"

    This section is a little confusing, but I think it means that she feels like she has heaps of personalities all battling (going back to the 'lived a lot of different lives' part), and she isn't sure which one is really her. She wants to please everyone, including herself, but it is impossible, and she is left with 'not much at all', hence her emptiness.

    "And now the time is here
    Baby, you don't have to live your life in fear
    And the sky is clear
    It's clear of fear, of fear

    Don't wanna live in fear and loathing
    I wanna to feel like I am floating
    Instead of constantly exploding
    In fear and loathing"

    Same as above.

    "And when the time comes along
    And the lights run out
    I know a light will burn on
    When they blow me out"

    I'm not entirely sure about this section either, but it has a vaguely spiritual feel to me. I'm not religious, but I feel like this speaks of the afterlife - 'I know a light will burn on when they blow me out'. Maybe she feels like she has to change the way she views the world and the way she forms relationships before she has no time left.

    This is my interpretation of the song, and I love reading others' too. It is really interesting to see what other people get out of this incredible song.
    AshRoseCon October 09, 2012   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationPersonally I associate this song with breaking away from depression and anxiety; realising that it's okay to just be happy.
    w0nderfulon October 21, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song is the epiphany of a dark moment. Reaching rock bottom, and realizing there's no where else to go but up, but forward.

    In the video/film Electra Heart: The Start, it is also fascinating to note that she wears the same outfit as in the Shampain video, so it there is this interesting extension of her last album that is expanded into the concept for her second. At the moment singing "And now I see, see it for the first time" (I actually hear "ya" as in see you for the first time, but I'm not quite sure--), she looks in the mirror, so you get the sense that it is really an extraordinary moment of self-realization.

    I can hardly wait for the album.
    invertedlitoston April 15, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI don't think the user who submitted these even listened to the whole song; anyways, here is the correct lyric:

    I lived a lot of different lives
    Been different people many times
    I live my life in bitterness
    And fill my heart with emptiness

    And now I see, I see it for the first time
    There is no crime in being kind
    Not everyone is out to screw you over
    Maybe, yah, just maybe they just want to get to know you

    Now the time is here
    Baby, you don't have to live your life in fear
    And the sky is clear
    It's clear of fear

    Don't wanna live in fear and loathing
    I wanna to feel like I am floating
    Instead of constantly exploding
    In fear and loathing

    Got different people inside my head
    I wonder which one that they like best
    I'm done with tryin' to have it all
    And ending up with not much at all

    And now the time is here
    Baby, you don't have to live your life in fear
    And the sky is clear
    It's clear of fear, of fear

    Don't wanna live in fear and loathing
    I wanna to feel like I am floating
    Instead of constantly exploding
    In fear and loathing

    And when the time comes along
    And the lights run out
    I know a light will burn on
    When they blow me out
    rowkem388on August 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing. She says it all really in the lyrics, it's about being sick of living a life of "fear and loathing" and wanting to let go and achieve greatness. Very relatable.
    graffitimyon August 04, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI love this song so much so Im gonna try to make a good interpretation

    I've lived a lot of different lives
    Been different people many times

    Maybe this person doesnt knew abour her real personality so she was pretending and faking to be someone who didnt was her.

    I live my life in bitterness
    And fill my heart with emptiness

    For having a life with insecurities she was so sad and depressed .

    And now I see, I see it for the first time,
    There is no crime in being kind
    Not everyone is out to screw you over
    Maybe, oh just maybe they just wanna get to know ya

    Relates very well about social anxiety and its trying to live again and let persons come into her life.

    Now the time is here,
    Baby you don't have to live your life in fear
    And the sky is clear, is clear of fear

    She is getting the idea to leave the feelings of insecurities and fear. Go trough a life of fear.

    Don't wanna live in fear and loathing
    I wanna feel like I am floating
    Instead of constantly exploding
    In fear and loathing

    Wanna be normal and leave all the kind of worries that could be for the anxiety and the fear that doesnt leave her the life that she need to live in a normal state.

    Got different people inside my head
    I wonder which one that they like best

    Sometimes she still wanna be a fake and pretend to be someone who doesnt is her just to have the approval of everybody.

    I'm done with tryin' to have it all
    And endin' up with not much at all

    Maybe she was just too perfectionist and was trying to have it all like a feeling of "never is enough".

    And now the time is here,
    Baby you don't have to live your life in fear
    And the sky is clear, is clear of fear
    Of fear

    Don't wanna live in fear and loathing
    I wanna feel like I am floating
    Instead of constantly exploding
    In fear and loathing

    And when the time comes along
    And the lights run out,
    I know where I will belong
    When they blow me out

    If she still lives in that way she could be worst than the start because she would be just a fake.

    Don't wanna live in fear and loathing
    I wanna feel like I am floating
    Instead of constantly exploding
    In fear and loathing

    I wanna be completely weightless
    I wanna touch the edge of greatness
    Don't wanna be completely faithless
    Completely faithless

    This is the best part for me of this song.
    She wanna live weightless , I guess that weightless of guilty and fear so she could raise the good things to happen to her life and finally could be herself and dont try to pretend anymore who she is because she would finally be with more self-esteem and confident.

    When the time comes around
    When the lights will go out
    When the time comes around
    When the lights they go out

    Maybe she is starting to live again in the right way and not anymore in the fake way.

    It´s a wonderful song.
    LuckyLighton February 02, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song to death. Going from the album and the character concept of Electra, I see this song as the end. She's an outsider, and a really cold person, unsure of who she herself is. So she takes on different persona's all the time. Eventually she just realizes this isn't how she wants to live her life tired of the games, guarded and empty. It's okay to be happy, and whoever it is you might be.
    fallenpugon May 05, 2013   Link

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