"Writer in the Dark" as written by and Jack Antonoff Ella Yelich-o'connor....
Break the news, you're walking out
To be a good man for someone else
Sorry I was never good like you
Stood on my chest and kept me down
Hated hearing my name on the lips of a crowd
Did my best to exist just for you

Bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark
Bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark
Now she's gonna play and sing and lock you in her heart
Bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark

I am my mother's child, I'll love you 'til my breathing stops
I'll love you 'til you call the cops on me
But in our darkest hours, I stumbled on a secret power
I'll find a way to be without you, babe

I still feel you, now and then
Slow like pseudo-ephedrine
When you see me, will you say I've changed?
I ride the subway, read the signs
I let the seasons change my mind
I love it here since I've stopped needing you

Bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark
Bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark
Now she's gonna play and sing and lock you in her heart
Bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark

I am my mother's child, I'll love you 'til my breathing stops
I'll love you 'til you call the cops on me
But in our darkest hours, I stumbled on a secret power
I'll find a way to be without you, babe

I am my mother's child, I'll love you 'til my breathing stops
I'll love you 'til you call the cops on me
But in our darkest hours, I stumbled on a secret power
I'll find a way to be without you, babe


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"Writer in the Dark" as written by Jack Antonoff Ella Yelich-o'connor

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    General CommentUnbelievably deep song, and a little bit dark too. She is talking about a fiercely loyal, obsessive love that has created unhealthy habits for her in terms of an insatiable need to possess her resistive lover ("I'l love you til you call the cops on me"). But it's a story arc, and as the song possesses, she finds a strength. I take it that the strength she finds is her ability to give love so intensely and that she derives power from that ("I found a secret power"), from something that society and even her partner told her was a sickness, or a weakness, of the mind.

    So the closing is that she will always love her partner. Until her very last breath, or until she is literally under restraints of authority. But she will find a way to live without him, because she's simply too intense to be around. He's exhausted, but she's her mother's child, and her love is endless in a world where attachments/relationships have become sadly fleeting and transient.
    fra281139on July 02, 2017   Link
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    My InterpretationMy guess is that this is a typical love story.

    The guy leaves the girl to be "a good man for someone else". This part also means that they are not upset with each other, since she still love him. In fact, she doesn't care for anybody else except him ("Hated hearing ,u name on the lips of a crowd | Did my best to exist just for you"). The pain of that lost "stood on my chest and kept me down". By the time Lorde sings "I bet you rue the day you kissed the writer in the sark", I believe that's how they met, and the "writer" it's her. For that, she bets that he is sorry for that moment. Then, Lord changes tone, and sings "Now she's gonna play and sing and lock you in her heart". This change, to a higher voice, I believe, is a caricature (sort of... like making fun) of the perfect life they are going to live and how well the new girls is going to feel.

    Then, in the chorus, Lorde repeats that she is going to love him insanely, at the point that he may "call the cops" to keep her away. Then, at the and, she refers that she may have found a "secret power" that will allow her to live without him.

    At the second half of the song, she almost says that that guy belongs in the past, although she still thinks of him "now and then". Now, she "rides the subway", she "reads the signs", she let the seasons change her mind, meaning she started to pay attention to her surroundings and the good that life has to offer. Now she is fine, since she stopped needing that guy.

    I find this song beautiful.
    Susan36on June 20, 2017   Link

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