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There's a song I rather like until it gets to the last chorus, at which point it becomes deeply creepy to me.

For most of it, there are two pronouns involved - "you", the subject, and "him", someone involved with "you". The chorus goes like this:

He is everything you want, he is everything you need
He is everything inside of you that you wish you could be
He says all the right things at exactly the right time
But he means nothing to you and you don't know why.


I find that fascinating and compelling. It resonates with a narrative that's all too familiar to a lot of us, I think - "this job/this person/this situation should be what I want... but I don't want it. Why?" It makes me wonder who the "you" is, and who the narrator is. Is this a third party commenting on a relationship between two others? Is the relationship romantic, or maybe it's a friendship or mentoring type relationship? There isn't even any hint about the gender of "you". Is this maybe that person's own thought stream, a voice inside their head demanding to know: why don't you want him, why doesn't he mean anything to you? The verse lyrics evoke images of childhood more than adulthood, further rooting it in a struggle between what we have learned we ought to want, and what we really do want.

And then in the very last chorus, the pronouns change.

I am everything you want, I am everything you need
I am everything inside of you that you wish you could be
I say all the right things at exactly the right time
But I mean nothing to you and I don't know why.


... and that change is enough to alter the entire balance of the words. This is no longer abstract. This is one person speaking to another. This is one person proclaiming themselves to be "everything you want" and lamenting the fact that they're sooooo peeeeeeeerfect for you and they're aaaaaaaalways theeeeeeeeere for you and whyyyyyyyyyyy don't you looooooooove them...

These are the words of a Nice Guy at best and an abuser at worst.

And it is creepy as hell.

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Helen Bright

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