Only One – Unveiling the Celestial Journey of Heartfelt Longing
I get all through the stages
A fallen eye, a sacrifice to get to you, my angel
Your golden hair, the dust as a doll
The sun, the moon and the ocean
Blue skies, no clouds out as far as I can see
And it feels like we are right
(A dream of life)
Every night I count the days I have to wait for you
And everyday I count the nights
And every night I count the days I have to wait for you
Everyday I count the nights
Only one at the top, it can get so lonely
When you’re the only one
Had to try once again, I keep on trying
Try ’til this all works
Only one at the top of the cross, lonely
In another world
Had to try once again, and I keep on trying
Try ’til this all works
I got eyes just for you in a different story
But it’s just for me
Create as I speak, I can speak your language
Would you want to be?
Bladee, the enigmatic artist from Stockholm, has carved a niche for himself in the alt-music scene with his otherworldly sounds and dense, poetic lyrics. ‘Only One’ is a haunting track from the Drain Gang chief that encapsulates a tapestry of emotions through its atmospheric production and introspective lyricism.
Delving deep into ‘Only One,’ listeners are invited on an ethereal voyage. It is a tale of isolation, resilience, and the relentless pursuit of a celestial connection. With every verse, Bladee weaves an intricate narrative that taps into universal feelings of love, aspiration, and solitude.
An Odyssey Through the Skies: Touching the Divine
The opening lines, ‘Feel so high, I touch the sky,’ immediately transport us to a realm beyond the mundane. This lofty symbolism often featured in Bladee’s oeuvre suggests an elevation above earthly matters, entering a state of spiritual or emotional ecstasy. The journey here is depicted as a series of ‘stages,’ indicative of various emotional or psychological phases one endures in the quest for connection.
‘A fallen eye, a sacrifice’ further alludes to the sacrifices made, possibly the loss of innocence or a descent from grace, as a necessary passage to reach the song’s ‘angel,’ an embodiment of the object of the protagonist’s yearning—possibly a romantic figure or a higher state of being.
A Landscape Painted with Emotion: The Natural Imagery
The metaphors of nature in Bladee’s ‘Only One’ are strikingly vivid, ‘golden hair,’ ‘dust,’ the ‘sun, the moon and the ocean.’ These elements combine to create a picture of idyllic beauty anchoring the celestial to the terrestrial. The intertwining of these elements could signify the confluence of the physical and the metaphysical realms.
When he describes ‘Blue skies, no clouds out as far as I can see,’ it’s as if the artist is in a moment of clarity—or perhaps, wishful thinking—where obstacles dissipate, and the path to the desired one becomes unobstructed in the vastness of his emotional landscape.
The Weight of Eternity: Counting Days, Counting Nights
The repetition of ‘Everyday I count the nights, and every night I count the days’ resonates with a poignant sense of anticipation. It’s a relentless loop of longing that illustrates the slow passage of earthly time when one’s heart resides in another realm, waiting for a reunion that feels eons away. This temporal motif highlights the yearning and patience intrinsic to devoted love.
In these lines, Bladee may be capturing the universal experience of waiting for something transformative, a testament to human resilience in the face of emotional adversity. The counting signifies an ongoing trial, forever in expectation of a resolution that possibly only exists in dreams.
Loneliness at the Pinnacle: The Price of Unmatched Heights
Bladee’s chorus captures an irony that many at the top of their game know all too well, ‘Only one at the top, it can get so lonely.’ Achievement and exclusivity often come with the high cost of isolation. The ‘cross’ mentioned could symbolize a burden borne by those who strive beyond the reach of others, echoing the solitude that can accompany great personal strides or spiritual ascents.
Here, Bladee might be speaking to his own experience within the music industry or referencing a broader human condition where pursuit of one’s ultimate goal often leads to a solitary path. But the resolve to ‘try once again’ speaks to the resilience to continue despite the loneliness—a relentless push toward a dream.
Whispered Secrets in a ‘Different Story’: The Hidden Meaning
As the last lines unfold, ‘I got eyes just for you in a different story, but it’s just for me,’ Bladee tantalizingly suggests a narrative that listeners are not privy to—a private, inner experience that only he and perhaps his ‘angel’ understand. This could be interpreted as the secret language of love, personal dreams, or an artistic vision that is not meant for public consumption.
The enigmatic ‘Create as I speak, I can speak your language’ implies a form of creation that is intertwined with communication—a relationship, a piece of art, or an inner transformation. The idea that one might only truly be themselves within the context of a unique, perhaps even ineffable, connection poses an eternal question about identity and alterity that echoes throughout human experience.