Song of the Day #2,588: ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ – The Weeknd

weeknd_cant_feelSitting at #2 on the latest Billboard chart, The Weeknd’s ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ is another contender for Song of the Summer. It had a brief stint at #1, replacing ‘Cheerleader’ before being overtaken by OMI’s hit again this week.

‘Can’t Feel My Face’ is both a commercial and a critical hit, with music critics going ga-ga over its Michael Jackson-esque R&B sound. Tom Cruise even took a turn at lip-synching the track on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show.

Interestingly, the hit is almost certainly about drug addiction, particularly addiction to cocaine, a drug that numbs the face of its users.

[Verse 1]
And I know she’ll be the death of me, at least we’ll both be numb
And she’ll always get the best of me, the worst is yet to come
But at least we’ll both be beautiful and stay forever young
This I know, yeah, this I know

[Pre-Chorus]
She told me, “Don’t worry about it”
She told me, “Don’t worry no more”
We both know we can’t go without it
She told me you’ll never be alone, oh, oh, woo

[Chorus]
I can’t feel my face when I’m with you
But I love it, but I love it, oh
I can’t feel my face when I’m with you
But I love it, but I love it, oh

[Verse 2]
And I know she’ll be the death of me, at least we’ll both be numb
And she’ll always get the best of me, the worst is yet to come
All the misery was necessary when we’re deep in love
This I know, girl, I know

[Pre-Chorus]
She told me, “Don’t worry about it”
She told me, “Don’t worry no more”
We both know we can’t go without it
She told me you’ll never be alone, oh, oh, woo

[Chorus]
I can’t feel my face when I’m with you
But I love it, but I love it, oh
I can’t feel my face when I’m with you
But I love it, but I love it, oh
I can’t feel my face when I’m with you
But I love it, but I love it, oh
I can’t feel my face when I’m with you
But I love it, but I love it, oh

[Pre-Chorus]
She told me, “Don’t worry about it”
She told me, “Don’t worry no more”
We both know we can’t go without it
She told me you’ll never be alone, oh, oh, woo

[Chorus]
I can’t feel my face when I’m with you
But I love it, but I love it, oh
I can’t feel my face when I’m with you
But I love it, but I love it, oh
I can’t feel my face when I’m with you
But I love it, but I love it, oh
I can’t feel my face when I’m with you
But I love it, but I love it, oh

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3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,588: ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ – The Weeknd

  1. Dana says:

    This one gets Daniel’s vote for song of the summer and Maddie also feels it deserves to be in the running. I would nominate it over “Cheerleader,” but my vote still goes to “Shut Up and Dance.”

    Meanwhile, I had never before heard that cocaine makes the face numb. I’m not sure if the artist has acknowledged or disputed the drug reference, but I think, at best, the side effect is being used here as a metaphor, just as if one were to say “high” on love, which is clearly a drug related term, yet not likely meant to suggest the artist is literally high.

  2. Clay says:

    I’d argue that he’s using a woman as a metaphor for drugs rather than the other way around.

  3. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    This is undoubtedly the song of the summer. When my father messaged me about a minute ago to tell me that this was the song of the day I knew I had to come here to make my plea for this being the song of the summer. I would say that The Weeknd has the vocal technique and ability of Michael Jackson, the R&B know how of the great Aretha Franklin, and still manages to keep relevant by having techno songs that are on par with artists trying to do that same thing but without any of the intrigue of the R&B or Michael Jackson quality. Commanding you to shut up and dance is practically a way of begging you to choose Walk the Moon’s hit as the song of the summer, but it is far harder to make a metaphorical song that is so well woven into its metaphors that there are debates on whether the song is a metaphor of a woman being compared to drugs or drugs being compared to a woman. In conclusion, because of the groove, enticing lyrics, and this man’s sensual voice this is clearly the Song of the Summer.

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