Talk is cheap.
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She felt like he could make her feel overcome with love with even a word — leaving her heart feeling empty, and her chest hollow.
Assuming the word he says is “goodbye” that would have the power to leave her feeling empty inside.
A careless whisper was enough:
He was able to manipulate her affection/love with his words
His words are his teeth, her love is her blood — artful metaphor for the edible nature of love (phage)
He wants more — and she doesn’t.
This is similar to the dilemma faced by Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice — when Keira Knightley’s characters comments that she prefers private balls.
But, in fact, the music makes him want to dance!
Using the word “disco” is right out of the hipster style guide (Metronomy are hipsters — no surprise there). It’s also a good way to appeal to their French fan base.
When you initially hear this line, you might think, he’s feeling sad.
She is literally willing herself to drown in order to run away.
I was under the impression that this song was about her not wanting to be with someone anymore. She used to love them, but can’t any more (“Your songs remind me of swimming, but I can’t swim any more”). And when she dives straight back into the ocean after seeing their face it’s like she’d rather die than try to be in love with that person again. “Cross my fingers, and hope for the best” is like here saying that she hopes this person won’t be able to try and save her again.
I believe in this part she wants to be save, to not be drowning. So she asks someone to suck the water from the lungs so she can live….
She is struck with the immediate reality of being confronted with the person she is running from when she “surfaces.” So she dives back — runs away again.