Have you ever climbed Mount Stupid Love? People have made countless songs about love and the things we choose to go through or endure in the name of it. To some, the dedication to a romantic partner involves selfless sacrifice that is expected to eventually pay off in endless doses of happiness. Others take view love differently–as a drug, with its participants entangled addicts experiencing a wide range of emotions, yet content to stay–as if the question to leave or not is not left to them, because it’s neither will nor choice that keeps them there.

On this musical episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri ask and answer questions about the multifaceted subject of love via their commentary and analysis of Emeli Sande’s “Mountains” and Lykke Li’s “Until We Bleed.”

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Song 1: “Mountains” – Emeli Sande

He said I’m going to have a bed with lots of pillows
And that we’re going to have a house with lots of windows
And when we have the kids we’ll tell them to remind we
Of where we were and how so we never get lazy

Yeah we’ll climb mountains
Climb mountains together
Yeah we’ll climb mountains
Climb mountains together

I’d never work these hours if I didn’t love you
My hands are always red and sunshine I sleep through
If you say we’re going to move somewhere with neighbours less crazy
You know I’m going to be there, because I trust my baby

Yeah we’ll climb mountains
Climb mountains together
Yeah we’ll climb mountains
Climb mountains together

I keep my fingers crossed that we’re going to be able
I touch the wood for luck, on our broken table
I know that it’s our heart that’s going to save us
If we never come back how can they blame us?

Yeah we’ll climb mountains
Climb mountains together
Yeah we’ll climb mountains
Climb mountains together

Yeah we’ll climb mountains
Climb mountains together
Yeah we’ll climb mountains
Climb mountains together

  • Cheri says that this song made her a little emotional. The lyrics are so deep on so many levels. It reminded her of how much easier adversity is to manage when you don’t have to go at it alone.
  • Discussion of the lines:

    He said I’m going to have a bed with lots of pillows
    And that we’re going to have a house with lots of windows

  • The bed with pillows represents the comfortable life he has promised her, while the house with windows represents them seeing a lot of things. The house with many windows could also refer to a big house, because smaller houses don’t usually have lots of windows. A big house is part of the “American dream.”
  • There wasn’t a lyric in the entire song that was wasted. Everything was used as efficiently as possible to convey the message.
  • Discussion of the lyrics:

    I’d never work these hours if I didn’t love you
    My hands are always red and sunshine I sleep through

  • This says a lot about the things people do for the sake of those whom they love.
  • Heit interpreted it as the woman saying that she is with her partner through whatever happens. He points to these lyrics to support this:

    If you say we’re going to move somewhere with neighbours less crazy
    You know I’m going to be there, because I trust my baby

  • These were Cheri’s favorite lines in the song because it points to the strength of the relationship. Through the song the woman has an understanding of what it is going to take for them to reach their goals, as well as how hard they’re already working.
  • It is wonderful in a relationship to be able to trust the other person’s decisions. Sometimes one person is in the position to need to make a decision that will affect both people. It is great when a person has confidence that their mate will make the right decision.
  • Heit’s favorite lines were:

    And when we have the kids we’ll tell them to remind we
    Of where we were and how so we never get lazy

  • Heit likes these lines because this is how you pass the information to the kids about how you got where you are. Of course this doesn’t mean the kids should be pressured to take the same road.
  • Discussion of the lines that point to another layer of meaning in the song:

    If you say we’re going to move somewhere with neighbours less crazy
    AND
    I know that it’s our heart that’s going to save us
    If we never come back how can they blame us?

  • What is going on in these lines? Why are the neighbors crazy and why would she refer to never coming back?
  • These lines might point to them making it out of poverty or their current economic condition. There are plenty of clues that they don’t seem to have much in the way of material things.
  • Discussion about how people make the decision to leave the “hood” and not come back. People make comments about how people who do this have turned their backs on where they came from. Perhaps this is what the reference to them not blaming the couple for leaving is all about.
  • Discussion about the irony of her rubbing their broken table for good luck. If the table’s broken, could that possibly bring about bad luck?
  • Discussion about the line “I know that it’s our heart that’s going to save us.” This is basically saying that love is going to save them, or that it is their tenacity that will save them. This is a double entendre.
  • Also notice that she refers to them having a single heart together–just like the Aristotle quote, “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”
  • Discussion of the line I keep my fingers crossed that we’re going to be able.” Is this an expression of doubt? Is she talking about the relationship making it, them making it though the adversities, or everything?

Song 2: “Until We Bleed” – Lykke Li

I’m naked
I’m naked
I’m numb
I’m stupid
I’m staying
And if Cupid’s got a gun
Then he’s shootin’

Lights black
Heads bang
You’re my drug
We live it
You’re drunk, you need it
Real love, I’ll give it

So we’re bound to linger on
We drink the fatal drop
Then love until we bleed
Then fall apart in parts

You wasted your times
On my heart
You’ve burned
And if bridges gotta fall
Then you’ll fall too

Doors slam
Lights black
You’re gone
Come back
Stay gone
Stay clean
I need you to need me

So we’re bound to linger on
We drink the fatal drop
Then love until we bleed
Then fall apart in parts

Now we’re bound to linger on
We drink the fatal drop
Then love until we bleed
Then fall apart in parts

  • Discussion about the pronunciation of the name “Lykke Li.” Perhaps it is pronounced “likely.”
  • Cheri likes that this song accurately describes all of the possible emotions that can be associated with deep love–even obsession and dysfunction. It mentions the fullness of the feelings and the numbness all rolled into one.
  • Heit loves how she starts the song with:

    I’m naked
    I’m numb
    I’m stupid
    I’m staying

  • She admits being stupid for staying, yet still stays. Cheri likes that these phrases are really like the fragmented thoughts that a person has when going through an emotional situation. On an intellectual level they recognize that there are problems, but they cannot let the love go.
  • She said all that needed to be said in these short, random, sporadic thoughts.
  • The discussion about the comparison of love to a drug. So many songs do this.
  • Love is basically a chemical addiction. The more you fall for the person, the more you want of them. The interaction creates more receptors for that person, such that it becomes like a dependency on a drug.
  • Is the love good to the people because it feels good? It’s good because it feels good and that is what the body desires–to feel good.
  • Discussion about how love bypasses the intellectual process. Her problem is that she is trying to intellectualize the love.
  • This relationship sounds like it is typical and she is having to let the love run it’s course. If she leaves or he leaves, they will both experience a painful withdrawal, which will make them sick. Essentially love changes your body.
  • Discussion about her saying she is naked–or totally exposed. There must have to be a lot of trust there for her to lay her cards out on the table. The numbness could be due to an overload of the emotions related to the love.
  • She calls herself stupid for staying, but she is not stupid because she is able to recognize what has happened to her. Quite possibly the decision to stay isn’t really hers to make. She simply does what the addiction tells her to do–stay. He has to stay!
  • Discussion about what happens when you don’t let the love run its course. This is what happens when people feel compelled to go back and forth. They haven’t let the love run its course. It is unresolved.hate Rihanna right now. They call her stupid for considering going back to Chris Brown after the domestic violence.
  • There is a reason why some people stay.
  • When you are in love, it is just you and the other person in the bubble. It is difficult to see both in and out. This is why what other people think about what is going on inside that bubble has no real bearing.
  • Discussion about people thinking that they were in “the same situation” as someone else. Not true.
  • When we are looking at ourselves, we should consider these experiences as learning, rather than thinking of ourselves as stupid.