Song of the Day #3,437: ‘Dangerous’ – Big Data

I have refused to join the Apple Music generation. Unlimited streaming access to virtually every song ever recorded might sound like a great thing, but the concept makes me uncomfortable.

I like the idea that I have a music collection — a library of artists and albums I have carefully cultivated over three and a half decades. A library that says a whole lot about who I am and how I’ve changed. A music collection is the soundtrack of your life. How can your soundtrack be every damn song ever?

My daughters love Apple Music, of course, and I must admit it has allowed them to discover new artists and songs with an ease I have never experienced.

Today’s track, for example, was featured by Apple, found its way into Sophia’s headphones and now into permanent rotation in our household. Probably wouldn’t have happened the old-fashioned way.

Big Data is a Brooklyn-based electronic music project founded by producer Alan Wilkis that enjoyed some success with this song in 2014 in advance of a debut album in 2015. The band’s songs are about the effects of technology on humanity, kind of like an electropop version of Black Mirror.

I guess it’s fitting that I chose this band to illustrate my anti-streaming stance. I think I’ll be fine counting on Sophia to dig up gems like this for me.

[Verse 1]
How could you know, how could you know?
That those were my eyes
Peepin’ through the floor, it’s like they know
It’s like they know I’m looking from the outside
And creepin’ to the door, it’s like they know
And now they’re coming, yeah, now they’re coming
Out from the shadows
To take me to the court because they know
Gotta shut this down, cause they been watching all my windows
They gathered up the warrant cause they

[Chorus]
You understand, I got a plan for us
I bet you didn’t know that I was dangerous
It must be fate, I found a place for us
I bet you didn’t know someone could love you this much

[Verse 2]
How could they know, how could they know
What I’ve been thinking?
Like they’re right inside my head because they know
Because they know, what I’ve been hiding
They’re right under my bed, they’re on patrol
Here they come, yeah here they come
Out of the shadows
To take me to the court because they know
Gotta shut this down, cause they’ve been watching all my windows
They gathered up the warrant cause they

[Pre-Chorus]
I’ve gotta get out of here
Sink down, into the dark
(Keep on runnin’)
And I’ve gotta get out of here, (keep on runnin’)
Sink down, into the dark

[Chorus]
You understand, I got a plan for us
I bet you didn’t know that I was dangerous
It must be fate, I found a place for us
I bet you didn’t know someone could love you this much

[Bridge]
Nobody’s listening when we’re alone
Nobody’s listening, there’s nobody listening
No one can hear us when we’re alone
No one can hear us, no, no one can hear us

[Pre-Chorus]
I’ve gotta get out of here
Sink down, into the dark
Keep on runnin’
And I’ve gotta get out of here
Keep on runnin’
Sink down, into the dark

[Chorus]
You understand, I got a plan for us
I bet you didn’t know that I was dangerous
It must be fate, I found a place for us
I bet you didn’t know someone could love you this much

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,437: ‘Dangerous’ – Big Data

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Rather disturbing video.

    My kids, particularly Maddie, are fans of Apple Music. I understand your trepidation over embracing this new technology and format, but I suspect we are dinosaurs here. I think our kids’ generation, and generations to come, will shape their “collections” through the music they download and playlists they create. Oh, and they will listen while in self-driving cars and by speaking their selections into the air wherever they may be and having the song played instantly.

    “It’s a great big beautiful tomorrow…”

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