Would you end your night with me
Don't you leave me all behind
Don't you leave my little life
She’s begging him to stay around at least for the night, and to stay a part of her “little” (meaning empty) life
When the Weeknd sings ‘life’, he emphasizes the first part of the word to imply that the girl’s life is a lie and all the drugs and the one night stands are just trying to cover up the emptiness of her life. Of course, in doing so, he’s making it obvious that he must be something even worse; she might be living a lie but she is at least searching for a truthful emotional connection among it. He lives the same lie with no interest in meaning at all.
It is lines like these that validate the Weeknd’s art as a whole as well as silence those who refute the worth of his music and decry it is as unrepentant misogyny. While it may sometimes be dealt with on an implicit level, the Weeknd still tends to portray women as more virtuous than men. The men in the Weeknd’s world seem to exist for no other reason than to fuck and then hurt the girls they seduce, whereas the women in the Weeknd’s world might be ‘needy’, certainly foolish (if for no other reason than they give themselves up for these assholes) but simultaneously are the only ones capable of anything approaching human characteristics (sentiment, attachment, pain). This unsparing living hell in which no one is spared from their own appetites and failings, and in which no one is able to face life except through a prism of sybaritic hedonism, is epitomised by this song, these lines and the Weeknd’s oeuvre as a whole. He does not peddle misogyny and addiction, he illuminates its most hellish quarters for all to see, elevating an otherwise crass theme to a truly artistic pedestal.
Additionally, viewing this song as the conclusion to the “Balloons” mix tape trilogy, Abel seems to be subliminally asking the listeners to not leave him after listening to this. Don’t leave his little life; as you can see, your patronage of and learning from his mistakes is the only thing that gives his lifestyle meaning.
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