Your Love Is Killing Me – Sharon Van Etten

Your love is killing me Sharon Van Etten music videoI’m obsessed. Absolutely.

This is the second song of Van Etten’s that I’ve put on repeat – the first being Give Out.

Your Love is Killing Me has an exceptional story.

I think it’s about an over-bearing partner, and being too numb and too blinded to take notice.

Break my legs so I won’t walk to you
Cut my tongue so I can’t talk to you
Burn my skin so I can’t feel you
Stab my eyes so I can’t see
You like it when I let you walk over me…

Your love is killing me Sharon Van Etten music videoIf you marry that up with this beautiful music video, it supports this idea so well.

A woman is drinking her last beer and smoking her last cigarette before leaving a bar. She starts walking, only to end up in a cafe where her boyfriend is waiting for her (I presume).

Your love is killing me Sharon Van Etten music videoShe holds up her arms, which are drenched in red before falling to the floor. He rushes over and pulls back her sleeves to find there’s not a mark on her. The woman looks up at him with a look of relief, smiles at him and walks out.

When I showed it to my dad, I don’t think he Your love is killing me Sharon Van Etten music videocould tell the difference between this video and the one-shot intro to Shaun of the Dead. Where Simon Pegg’s character walks from his house, to the shop and back.

But it’s so much deeper than that!

Your Love is Killing me
= it’s a physicalisation of the idea up until the point where the woman lets him go… And walks out. Like a boss.

The Swiss actress who plays the part is phenomenal. Just… Just watch her subtle expressions. So powerful! Especially as the music picks up in intensity.

…You tell me that you like it
Your love is killing me
Try to tell you this when I’m sober, how I feel about loving you.

Holy crap. I’m just watching and listening to this on REPEAT.

Watch it! Watch it! And listen!

How weird – just noticed the video was published one year ago almost to the day.


About NZ Film Freak

I am a journalism graduate (2014) from New Zealand. Currently working in marketing, and writing fiction in my spare time. I love to write about movies on this blog when I can. I also do paid reviews and voiceovers via Fiverr (nzfilmfreak).
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4 Responses to Your Love Is Killing Me – Sharon Van Etten

  1. Agree 100%, really one of the best songs ever written, watch this first time performance (!) but be prepared to be blown away

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