Week #7: Gasoline

Warning: This song is explicit.

Hi, hi, hi, new song! This weeks song is “Gasoline” by Halsey off of her debut album Badlands. It was the third song I listened to by Halsey and I loved it from the moment I heard it. This song is about Halsey’s bipolar condition, a common theme in her album. Throughout “Gasoline”, Halsey is asking questions such as, “Are you insane like me?” and “Do you tear yourself apart to entertain like me?” By doing this, she is asking if she is alone in the world or if anyone will understand what she has to go through. Halsey knows that she’s different and unlike everyone that society deems “normal”. Halsey always had been told what to do and how to act in society, but she knows that she will always be better than those who criticize her. In the song, Halsey portrays this when she sings, “And all the people say, ‘You can’t wake up, this is not a dream. You’re part of a machine, you are not a human being. With your face all made up living on a screen. Low on self-esteem, so you run on gasoline.'” The robots, or machines, in the song are empty and all follow the rules society creates for them. They all tell Halsey how to dress and how to live her life which really lowers her self-esteem. She loses emotions and becomes dehumanized. She becomes a machine herself and believes that there’s something wrong with her. By the end of the song, Halsey is emotionless and is haunted by her inner thoughts. She says, “Well my heart is gold but my hands are cold.” Since robots are metallic machines, they would have cold bodies and a desolate heart. But, Halsey says she has a heart of gold, meaning that she is still human and isn’t a real robot. She is still faking her identity on the outside, but knows she will always be who she is on the inside. That’s all for this week’s song, “Gasoline”. I do believe that this is one of Halsey’s best works in Badlands and hope you thoroughly enjoy the music!

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