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Song of the Day #3,504: ‘Cut to the Feeling’ – Carly Rae Jepsen

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The third top single of 2017, according to Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop poll, is Carley Rae Jepsen’s ‘Cut to the Feeling.’ I’m a big Jepsen fan so I’m happy to see her show up so high, especially for a song I’ve never even heard. I’m looking forward to firing it up now.

This track was cut not just from Jepsen’s critical-adored 2015 album EMOTION, but from the follow-up EP, EMOTION Side B. It ended up finding a home in the French-Canadian animated film Ballerina, which will be released as Leap! in the United States. Jepsen plays a character in the film as well.

Jepsen says she didn’t include this track on those albums because it felt “too cinematic and theatrical,” so its eventual inclusion in a movie makes sense. It does have a perfect end credits-worthy chorus and, as with most of her songs, it leaves you smiling and wanting to play it again.

[Verse 1]
I had a dream, or was it real?
We crossed the line and it was on
(We crossed the line, it was on this time)
I’ve been denying how I feel
You’ve been denying what you want
(You want from me, talk to me baby)

[Pre-Chorus]
I want some satisfaction, take me to the stars
Just like, “ahhh”
A-a-ahhh!

[Chorus]
I wanna cut through the clouds, break the ceiling
I wanna dance on the roof, you and me alone
I wanna cut to the feeling, oh yeah
I wanna cut to the feeling, oh yeah
I wanna play where you play with the angels
I wanna wake up with you all in tangles, oh
I wanna cut to the feeling, oh yeah
I wanna cut to the feeling, oh yeah

[Verse 2]
Cancel your reservations
No more hesitations, this is on
(Can’t make it stop, give me all you got)
I want it all or nothing
No more in-between, now give your
(Everything to me, let’s get real baby)

[Pre-Chorus]
A chemical reaction, take me in your arms
And make me, “ahhh”
A-a-ahhh!

[Chorus]
I wanna cut through the clouds, break the ceiling
I wanna dance on the roof, you and me alone
I wanna cut to the feeling, oh yeah
I wanna cut to the feeling, oh yeah
I wanna play where you play with the angels
I wanna wake up with you all in tangles, oh
I wanna cut to the feeling, oh yeah
I wanna cut to the feeling, oh yeah

[Bridge]
Take me to emotion, I want to go all the way
Show me devotion and take me all the way
Take me to emotion, I want to go all the way
Show me devotion and take me all the way
All the way, all the way, all the way
Take me all the way, a-a-ahhh!

[Chorus]
I wanna cut through the clouds, break the ceiling
I wanna dance on the roof, you and me alone
I wanna cut to the feeling, oh yeah
I wanna cut to the feeling, oh yeah
I wanna play where you play with the angels
I wanna wake up with you all in tangles, oh
I wanna cut to the feeling, oh yeah
I wanna cut to the feeling, oh yeah

[Outro]
I wanna cut through the clouds
Mmm, cut to the feeling
I wanna dance on the roof, oh oh oh, yeah
I wanna cut to the feeling, I wanna cut to the feeling
I wanna cut to the feeling, I wanna cut to the feeling

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