A psychotic melancholia


BY Noor UL Huda


Dua Lipa is an English singer and songwriter who started singing since she was 14. Starting with her YouTube channel, Lipa soon found her artistic ambitions flaunt as she signed with Warner Music Group. The song that put her in the map is the one that I will be reviewing today, ‘Be the one’.

In the teens, love seems too ambitious and flourishing, whether head over heels or simply for-the-time-being. This song in particular portrays a character of an individual who is upset of her lover. ‘I see the moon, Oh you’re looking at the sun’ — she thinks of her paramour as calm as the moon of the night sky while she collates herself as fiery and illuminating. However, as the night slowly meets dawn and disappears for hours, the chorus feels uplifting although the lyric is begging for a second chance at the relationship. There is a sense of desperation in the ‘I could be the one’ and one might wonder what psychotic relationship did they get themselves into, although the chorus is the only enjoyable part that gives me great joy and makes me want to dance. In the video, the use of the colours blue and red in the scenario creates a notion of stability for the girl while the boy is portrayed as lustful, passionate and hunger driven towards destruction. The girl believes it’s her fault and that she drives him away. The video very clearly suggests just that. If you listen to the song, a good dozen times, you might think differently. As much sadness there is in the song, it turns out to be joyous in a melancholic way. It’s like a mixture of tequila and ‘green’, combustive-recreational-therapy that makes one happy and sad at the same time. Robust or not, the urge to keep a loved one close to you is not shy. Fighting for something that constantly keeps distancing from its purpose is a forceful thought but the memories it creates is something most people crave.

In essence, the song has a sad poetic lyric, but somehow manages to sound joyous and carefree. Nature of such song is the work of a much-traumatised artist along with a wonderful video that portrays joy, as well as psychotic notion of sadness.


Noor Ul Huda is a student of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh.


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