Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Discovery of the Day: Seal's "Kiss From A Rose" Is Fucking Weird

Until today I'd never realized how insanely creepy Seal's 1994 hit "Kiss From A Rose" is. Cyriaque Lamar's list of the Top 10 Weirdest Songs From Superhero Movies ranks it at number one and there really isn't any room for debate. I hadn't listened to the song in years (probably not since Batman & Robin came out) but holy hell is it ever weird. Lamar sublimely captures it by saying the song "sounds like losing your virginity at the Renaissance Faire." Check out its music video below:

If you still need further convincing then consider the lyrics:

"But did you know that when it snows, My eyes become large and the light that you shine can be seen ... Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grey ... And now that your rose is in bloom. A light hits the gloom on the grey."

First of all, what the hell does any of that mean? What exactly is "the grey" he keeps talking about? This whole "now that your rose is in bloom" thing sounds like he's got the hots for some teenager who's in/just out of puberty. Weird. On the plus side I appreciate it when he says outright that he's making a comparison. If there were any subtlety to it the lyrics might cease to be anything I could reasonably call language. Is he seriously telling us that he only fully appreciates this poor kid in winter when his eyes enlarge? Is that a drug reference? He treats this like it's common knowledge, like someone might possibly know this weird thing about him without him having to explain it! Like, of course his eyes get bigger when it snows, that's the most natural thing in the world...

I don't know what the hell I'm supposed to take from these lyrics, the whole thing is an imcomprehensible and creepy mess. At least there aren't that many weird lyrics, the bulk of the song is just the chorus over and over again with slight variations. Seriously it's like he's making it up as he goes along, though were that the case it would actually improve my opinion of the song. As it stands I'm just confused and a little scared, which isn't helped by the fact that the song is now totally stuck in my head. Curse you Seal.


  1. i always thought it was "the grave"

  2. also wasn't it attached to Batman Forever, not Batman & Robin?

  3. I also thought he was saying "the grave," which I read as a metaphor for a shudder/sense of your own mortality, a la "walking over my grave."

    Haha, it totally was Batman Forever. My bad

  4. HAHAHAHA, amazing point of view, loved it