Tove Lo is saying the disraction of getting drunk and sleeping with people to forget the pain someone caused her....
Uh-uh uh-uh uh-uh
I eat my dinner in my bathtub
Then I go to sex clubs
Watching freaky people getting it on
It doesn't make me nervous
If anything I'm restless
Yeah I've been around and I've seen it all

I get home, I got the munchies
Binge on all my Twinkies
Throw up in the tub, then I go to sleep
And I drank up all my money
Days kind of lonely

You're gone and I got to stay high
All the time to keep you off my mind, ooh ooh
High all the time to keep you off my mind, ooh ooh
Spend my days locked in a haze
Trying to forget you babe, I fall back down
Gotta stay high all my life to forget I'm missing you

Pick up daddies at the playground
How I spend my day time
Loosen up the frown, make them feel alive
I make it fast and greasy
I know my way too easy

You're gone and I got to stay high
All the time to keep you off my mind, ooh ooh
High all the time to keep you off my mind, ooh ooh
Spend my days locked in a haze,
Tryin' to forget you babe, I fall back down
Got to stay high all my life to forget I'm missing you

Staying in my play pretend
Where the fun ain't got no end
Oh, can't go home alone again
Need someone to numb the pain
Oh, staying in my play pretend
Where the fun ain't got no end
Oh oh can't go home alone again
Need someone to numb the pain

You're gone and I got to stay high
All the time to keep you off my mind, ooh ooh
High all the time to keep you off my mind, ooh ooh
Spend my days locked in a haze
Tryin' to forget you babe, I fall back down
Got to stay high all my life to forget I'm missing you


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"Habits (Stay High)" as written by Jakob Jerlstrom Daniel Ledinsky

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  • +4
    My InterpretationSong is pretty self-explanatory. From the tone of the song, I feel like it's more about the death of a loved one than simply trying to pick up pieces after a break-up. Everything for her has gone down the drain, she's eating junk food and throwing it up, spending all her money on alcohol, throwing her body around to various guys just to pass the time.

    Her sole purpose in life is to forget someone she misses. She says "can't go home alone again", it might mean who she misses was a significant other, or maybe she just can't stand sleeping alone anymore, and needs to take any stranger with her every night.
    Ryswickon July 28, 2014   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI think this song is about Tove trying to find anything (sometimes reckless things) to escape the emptiness that she feels when she is without a certain someone.

    E.G: going to sexclubs, drinking, spending all her money, getting high picking up other men to fill the void engaging in casual sex.

    She's acting like she doesn't care, but she does and she's using anything to fill the void.
    stagnateon November 24, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI'd like to think that when she sings "I gotta to stay high all the time to keep you off my mind" she's basically saying that when she's depressed, she defaults back to feeling like she needs a specific someone.
    obversedon April 30, 2014   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningHere's my interpretation of the song
    --

    Uh-uh uh-uh uh-uh
    I eat my dinner in my bathtub
    Then I go to sex clubs
    Watching freaky people getting it on
    It doesn't make me nervous
    If anything I'm restless
    Yeah I've been around and I've seen it all

    >>>>Pretty much this is all self explanatory, but when she says "I'm not nervous" she's basically staying that she is not phased by whatever freaky things they are doing. "I've been around," she's saying she's slept with many people and that she possibly has done almost anything sexually so the sex club, she's done it all.

    I get home, I got the munchies
    Binge on all my Twinkies

    >>>> munchies either meaning drugs (a nickname for drugs) or actual munchies.
    Throw up in the tub, then I go to sleep

    >>>>> I'm thinking because she binged eaten or the drugs made her throw up.

    And I drank up all my money
    Tasted kind of lonely

    >>>>> spent all her money on alcohol which she drinks, and she feels alone now without "HIM".

    You're gone and I got to stay high
    All the time to keep you off my mind, ooh ooh
    High all the time to keep you off my mind, ooh ooh
    Spend my days locked in a haze
    Trying to forget you babe, I fall back down
    Gotta stay high all my life to forget I'm missing you

    >>> By doing drugs, she can finally forget him who broke her heart. The drugs make her relax and that's why she wants to stay high all the time, because when she isn't, she's constantly thinking about him.

    Pick up daddies at the playground
    How I spend my day time
    Loosen up the frown, make them feel alive
    I make it fast and greasy
    I know my way too easy

    >>>> she hooks up with dads she meets at parks. Maybe she likes being a home wrecker, because now she's not the only one miserable, now that she has messed up the marriage. Also, she says she loosens them up, makes them feel alive; She is giving them a sexual experience that they can relax and calm down. She knows her way too easy because as she said before, she's been around.

    You're gone and I got to stay high
    All the time to keep you off my mind, ooh ooh
    High all the time to keep you off my mind, ooh ooh
    Spend my days locked in a haze,
    Tryin' to forget you babe, I fall back down
    Got to stay high all my life to forget I'm missing you

    >>>>> same as the other chorus

    Staying in my play pretend
    Where the fun ain't got no end

    >>>>> she lives in an imaginary world because her reality is lonely and awful.


    Oh, can't go home alone again
    Need someone to numb the pain

    >>>>> she doesn't want to go home where she feels alone. Instead, she sleeps with any willing man because that's the only experience where she feels not as lonely and sex can be seen as a temporary drug that eliminates pain for a couple minutes. Also, sex might make her feel a bit loved and worth something.

    Oh, staying in my play pretend
    Where the fun ain't got no end
    Oh oh can't go home alone again
    Need someone to numb the pain

    You're gone and I got to stay high
    All the time to keep you off my mind, ooh ooh
    High all the time to keep you off my mind, ooh ooh
    Spend my days locked in a haze
    Tryin' to forget you babe, I fall back down
    Got to stay high all my life to forget I'm missing you

    ---
    That's how I interpreted it! :)

    Overall, a song about a girl who had her heart broken and now goes around sleeping with men, drinking and doing drugs; anything that could help her temporary not feel the pain of a broken heart or loneliness.
    gossipbeautyxon August 17, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love how unapologetically accurate & relatable this song is.
    leavesintheriveron November 10, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI feel pretty certain that she sings "And I drink up all my money, testing kind of lonely" instead of "days get..."
    neo187on May 06, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song was written in the immediate aftermath of the breakup. The account of staying high with banned substances in an attempt to keep her mind off her ex is all true. "I can't lie," Nilsson said . "What I'm singing about is my life. It's the truth. I've had moments where that [drug-taking] has been a bigger part than it should be. It's hard to admit to, and I could filter it or find another metaphor for it - but it doesn't feel right to me."
    And when she says that she eats here dinner in her bathtub she also says that she sleeps there too
    MissLily2014on October 12, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can relate to the hurt in this song. When you lose someone you love, either because they died or left you, the hurt is intense and can drive you to do anything to cope with the pain. But the song has this underlying sadness to it that I think reflects that she knows that everything she's doing (going to sex clubs, doing drugs, etc.) aren't really helping her heal from her loss and are only attempts to cover it up. And in the end it will only destroy her.
    TexasAcrobaton December 29, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My Opinionthis, I have to say is one of the best songs currently playing on the radio. the depth of the feelings and emotions in this song are very relatable after the loss of a special someone. thought the lyrics are vague as to if the pain singer feels is because of the passing of a loved one, as has been suggested, or as a result of a break-up, though the behavior of the singer suggest the latter rather than the former.

    the singer engages in a series of compulsive and destructive behavior in a futile attempt to forget the cause of her pain via the consumption of drugs and alcohol.

    to me, the singer is not a "home wrecker" as it has been suggested. "Pick up daddies at the playground" to me means that singer is hooking up with guys at the bar instead of fathers, literally, at the playground.

    as the lyrics suggest, she is just pretending that she is having fund and living a fun life, the video also reinforces this suggestion, and almost immediately, it reflects the contrast and the real pain the singer endures when no one is around, and she is by herself and her profound sorrow.
    xenophon49on January 15, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song and im so happy my friend showed it to me
    Analovesyou100on November 09, 2014   Link

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