"Numbers" as written by Elena Veronica Tonra and Igor Alexandre Haefeli....
Take the worst situations
Make a worse situation
Follow me home, pretend you
Found somebody to mend you

I feel numb
I feel numb in this kingdom
I feel numb
I feel numb in this kingdom

Can you clean lace faces?
Black out nights and tight spaces?
We'll feel distant embraces
Scratching hands 'round my waist, yeah
I wish my mouth would still taste you

I feel numb
I feel numb in this kingdom
I feel numb
I feel numb in this kingdom

I feel numb
I feel numb in this kingdom
I feel numb
I feel numb in this kingdom

You better, you better, you better
You better make me
Me better, me better
You better make me better

You better, you better, you better
You better make me
Me better, me better
You better make me better

You better, you better, you better
You better make me
Me better, me better
You better make me better

You better, you better, you better
You better make me
Me better, me better
You better make me better

I feel numb, make me better
I feel numb in this kingdom
I feel numb, make me better
I feel numb in this kingdom

I feel numb in this kingdom
I feel numb in this kingdom
I feel numb in this kingdom
I feel numb in this kingdom


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"Numbers" as written by Elena Veronica Tonra Igor Alexandre Haefeli

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  • +1
    My InterpretationAs Elena Tonra stated herself:

    "The song describes a lack of emotional connection towards other people — how it feels to not feel anything at all."

    Sometimes, people who are suffering from depression may experience a very intense period of apathy; it's as if you didn't have any emotion at all, not sad, not joyful, not angry, not scared, not worried whatsoever. Consequently, you don't express anything, your face becomes blank ("lace faces"). That's what "I feel numb" means.

    I don't know what she means by:

    "Follow me home, pretend you
    Found somebody to mend you"

    But when she sings:

    "Can you clean lace faces?
    Black out nights and tight spaces?
    We'll feel distant embraces
    Scratching hands 'round my waist, yeah
    I wish my mouth would still taste you"

    "Black out nights and tight spaces" may be a reference to her depression (being in a small room with the lights out) and "distant embraces" refers to feeling nothing towards other people, absolutely nothing, not even when they hug you.

    "Scratching hands 'round my waist": when you have depression, you cover your abdomen with your hands, it makes you feel better, and when you are numb you may physically hurt yourself (scratching) to feel something.

    I guess Elena is wondering if someone or "something" could make her feel again. And by "something" I mean that maybe she's talking about medication:

    "Can you clean lace faces?"

    "You better, you better, you better
    You better make me
    Me better, me better
    You better make me better

    I feel numb, make me better
    I feel numb in this kingdom
    I feel numb, make me better
    I feel numb in this kingdom"

    Perhaps she's just wondering if the medication (antidepressants) can make her better and she feels numb because she's no longer with him ("I wish my mouth would still taste you"). Or maybe there's no "him" at all, and she's just talking about alcohol (the medication) And she wants alcohol to make her better and she misses drinking alcohol...

    Anyway, I'm terribly bad at interpreting lyrics.
    TooBusyMopingon June 12, 2016   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationShe's literally describing the club scene, and hook up culture, and is deeply unsatisfied, unfulfilled, emotionally disconnected and empty, and even frustrated with the whole thing.

    "Chemically laced faces."
    Everyone is drunk, their faces dulled by the booze. Making the social interactions clumsy and unfulfilling.

    "Black out nights, and tight spaces."
    The clubs themselves. Too dark to see much, and quite cramped.

    "We'll feel distant embraces."
    We'll share something only resembling love, but a fake sub-par version.

    "Stretching hands 'round my waist, yeah."
    The 'Yeah' is sarcastic. As in 'Yay, this is as good as it gets.'

    "I wish my mouth would still taste you."
    Any sexual encounter is forgettable, unfulfilling and found wanting.

    "You better make me (feel) better."
    "Found someone to mend you."
    "I feel numb."
    This is a wish. You take yet another person home, for sex. With the hope that it will make you feel better. But it doesn't work that way. Yes you get what you want, but it doesn't fulfil you, it instead makes you feel numb.
    Moromillason June 14, 2017   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIt's "I'll wash my mouth but still taste you". I'm pretty sure. The song is about using sex as a way to feel "something". Dirty, one night stands that many women have in their life to try and emotionally connect with someone. "I feel numb" just means what it means. The seductress in the video, deciding which man to choose from the photos, to"drain the life out of", symbolizes a woman going to a bar and picking up any guy to take her home. Basically, she 's using him but in actuality it doesn't work like that, because men and women are different. Women usually feel more shame than men after a one night stand.

    It's "chemically enlaced faces" I think(meaning using a drug or alcohol). She has to be drunk or high to be bold enough to go through with the act. The woman in the video takes a drink before she leaves. When she says:
    "
    Take the worst situations
    Make a worse situation
    Follow me home, pretend you
    Found somebody to mend you"

    She's admitting that she knows it means nothing but it's better than feeling "numb"or alone. "Pretend you" is just describing the physical contact as a way to connect to someone by touching and feeling, self-denial at work! Empty passion.

    "Black out nights and tight spaces" means actually blacking out from drinking; and tight spaces is the awkwardness of waking up next to someone you don't know and feeling overwhelmed.

    "We'll feel distant embraces" is touching someone just to feel someone, distant and far from meaning anything and nothing. Still numb.

    And the end when she puts on her normal clothes and leaves the hotel, symbolizes going back to her life as if nothing happened; wanting to forget and wash the taste of him out of her mouth! And rinse and repeat because she's trying to fill a void, but meaningless sex makes the void even more avoidable. I think this song is deeper than we think; not really a generalization of "feeling numb" and using sex as a way to feel but realising that sometimes we"Take the worst situations" and"Make a worse situation" which only worsens the pain. Feeling numb is a feeling, and it's a painful realisation of what you are, just sad. Only Christ can fulfill our voids; people let you down, we let ourselves down but Jesus and Our Father in Heaven will never let us down. This is a terribly sad song because it's absolutely right on. However, iIdon't agree that feeling numb is not an emotion. It makes you aware of your inability to connect with people and hopefully a learning processs within ourselves. There's many people who pretend to be what they are not and live shallow. It takes some kind of heart to look inside and admit to others, and be aware, of our shortcomings as uncompassionate, unloving and self-involved people. I truly hope that Daughter's meaning behind this song is sincere because it really addresses a lot of moral isssues in our society. But one can only hope!
    natasha101on June 20, 2017   Link

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