That’s Indonesian for ‘hello’, in case it wasn’t obvious. 😂😂 I’m such a good student, practicing words out of classes. Clap clap. 😂😂
Anyway, the idea for this post was actually pretty simple. I’ve mentioned it a gazillion times already, I’m sure, but I had exams on last week and for English, we had to identify the features of an advertisement. And songs actually use visual and language techniques. And somehow, my clever brain decided to turn it into a studying/blogging opportunity!.. which I, unfortunately, only got around to now. Sigh.
The music video starts off with a scene from a doll house, where the dolls, who closely resemble Barbie and Ken, live. Neat and beautiful, it is the picture of serenity and alludes to the general feel of perfect couple you get, especially in the next few scenes..
Hair in your mouth
Feet touching feet
This suggests intimacy and gives a general cosy feel. The first two words are unexpected, random and stand alone, making you think. It is soft and melodic. The relationship isn’t perfect, but Ken acts as a safety net for Barbie.
Safe from the world
Though the world will try
This is a reference to how safe the dolls feel when they are with each other. All Barbie’s worries can dissipate, and it’s only her and Ken. Right in that moment, it’s only them.
Oh, I’m afraid of the things in my brain
But we can stay here
And laugh away the fear
In this scene, the dolls are at the table, and barbie is unravelling, all her thoughts, hopes, dreams and fears laid bare- her ‘brain’ visible. All the cracks and imperfections. The brains are made from raw mince, which is filthy. (I am fully aware of how weird this sounds!) and symbolises how mental illness is viewed.. as something misunderstood and dirty. But if they ignore mental illness, it will somehow go away. If they can replace it with warmth, and good- it will go away. The dolls are shown in bed, illuminated by otherwise surrounded by darkness. The song takes a new twist here, and we start to focus more on the real meaning.
You create a rarity of my genuine smiles
Again, we have two words standing alone. They contradict each other and almost sound conversational. The second line can be interpreted as her partner being the only one who allows her to feel as she can’t do this for herself. She is shown cutting all her hair off, fully exposed and vulnerable, as you are with mental illness. Barbie is pictured smiling, covering her lack of feeling.
Breathe with me
Can you drink all my thoughts
Because I can’t stand them
Dodie suffers from mental illness too- depression and anxiety. She expresses her desire for freedom from the monsters in her head. She is asking if her partner can bear that weight with her.. for her. You can only hide for so long though, and Barbie’s partner sees this. She is shown reaching out to her mirrored reflection, almost as if to say “where are you?”, “where have you gone?”. Blood suddenly falls everywhere. The weight of her thoughts in all their filthy glory. All coming down, covering him, her. Ruining him.
I’ve pinned each and every hope on you
I hope you don’t bleed with me
Again, we have two contradictory words. Intertwined and free. This is expressing how, even though they are almost one being, Barbie is most free around her partner. Barbie is completely vulnerable in this scene, just sitting there. Bare. Alone. Continuing to project her hopes for herself on Ken, she doesn’t realise that he is just as affected at this point. He is bleeding. She has been consumed by her pain and he, loving her, has too.
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So um, yeah. What did you think?
I honestly feel like this was a really weird post. What can I say though? I like analysing stuff. 😅
Was anyone else getting serious Melanie Martinez vibes though? I just have a thing for these kind of creepy/nice videos. Okay, that’s enough of me. Bye.