Torn

Wednesday, April 15, 2015



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When it comes to love, people found and lost themselves at the same time. They found what they want and need, they lost the touch and sense of reality. When the love comes to an end, people found and lost something else. They found reality, they lost faith; Lost and Found. Have we ever wondered, when we fall in love with someone, whether we fall in love with our own portrayal of that person instead of them as themselves? When think that we fall in love, we’re blinded by it. So, before taking it too far and deep, before being torn between staying and leaving, before it’s too late, give a question for yourself to answer; do you love that person as a person themselves, or do you love that person as an idea of a person you want them to be?

Illusion never changed into something real. I’m wide awake and I can see the perfect sky is torn.” –Natalie Imbruglia, Torn

A classic hit titled “Torn” is today’s song for Lost and Found. The song was performed by Australian singer, Natalie Imbruglia, as a lead single from her first studio album titled “Left of the Middle”. The debut single was released in Australia and UK on October 27th 1997, and later was released in US on February 3rd 1998. The pop rock song became a worldwide hit, being considered as an All Time Pop Hit. The song that was written by Scott Cutler, Anne Preven, and Phil Thornalley turned out to be a remake of an alternative rock song of the same name by the band where Cutler and Preven was belong, Ednaswap. Many critics said that Imbruglia’s rendition was getting more attention and popularity because it sounds more pop than the original version.


"Torn" single cover - source: en.wikipedia.org

When it comes to love, even the most brilliant person could be so ignorant. Sometimes when we’re in love, we don’t realize that we fall in love with our own illusion of that person, instead of that person as themselves. Seems so self-centered, doesn’t it? Well, love itself is indeed self-centered. But time indeed reveals. And as time goes by, it’s not that the person has changed, but it’s just that we’ve finally realized whom we truly fell in love with. “I thought, I saw a man brought to life. He was warm, he came around and he was dignified. He showed me what it was to cry. Well, you couldn’t be that man I adored, you don’t seem to know or seem to care what your heart is for. But I don’t know him anymore.” No matter how hard we try to deny the fact, we can’t run away from the truth that love has been making us blind and numb. And as time goes by, everything seems not the way it used to be. And at some point, it’s hurt and disappointing, making us torn in pieces. “So I guess the fortune teller’s right, should have seen just what was there and not some holy light. It crawled beneath my veins and now I don’t care. I had no luck, I don’t miss it all that much. There’s just so many things that I can’t touch, I’m torn.”
The cold comes, the fear creeps. “There’s nothing where he used to lie, the conversation has run dry. That’s what’s going on. Nothing’s fine, I’m torn.” Nothing is fine, nothing is right, we’re left here bound and broken, lying naked on the floor, we’re torn apart in disappointment. “There’s nothing where he used to lie, my inspiration has run dry. That’s what’s going on. Nothing’s right, I’m torn.” When we’ve finally realized, everything seems too late to be fixed, because we’re already torn. “I’m all out of faith, this is how I feel. I’m cold and I am shamed, lying naked on the floor. Illusion never changed into something real. I’m wide awake and I can see the perfect sky is torn. You’re a little late, I’m already torn.” We fall in love with our own depiction of that person, which turns out isn’t real. The heart is already broken, the damage is already done, the perfect world is no longer perfect, the faith is already gone. And at some point, it feels like we will never be able to love the same way again. “I’m all out of faith, this is how I feel. I’m cold and I’m ashamed, bound and broken on the floor. You’re a little late, I’m already torn.”


Natalie Imbruglia on the "Torn" music video - source: brit.co

The music video of “Torn” was directed by Alison Maclean and featured British actor Jeremy Sheffield. This song is a one-of-a-kind as it’s still popular until nowadays, being an everlasting hit. As of 2011, it held the record for most played song on Australian radio since 1990, played more than 300,500 times since its 1998 release, an average of 75 times a day. In 2013, it was declared as the No. 1 Best Pop Song on a top 10 list, part of a larger collection of songs by Q magazine in their special edition 1001 Best Songs Ever issue. Billboard ranked the song the No. 26 Best Pop Song based only on pop radio charts compiled between 1992 and 2012. In the UK, it remained the 19th most played song from 2001 to 2010. Last but not least, for me personally, I’ve been being in love with this song since I was a kid.

I’m all out of faith, this is how I feel. I’m cold and I’m ashamed, bound and broken on the floor.” –Natalie Imbruglia, Torn






“I thought, I saw a man brought to life, he was warm
He came around and he was dignified, he showed me what it was to cry
Well, you couldn’t be that man I adored, you don’t seem to know
Or seem to care what your heart is for, but I don’t know him anymore
There’s nothing where he used to lie, the conversation has run dry
That’s what’s going on, nothing’s fine, I’m torn

I’m all out of faith, this is how I feel
I’m cold and I am shamed, lying naked on the floor
Illusion never changed into something real
I’m wide awake and I can see the perfect sky is torn
You’re a little late, I’m already torn

So I guess the fortune teller’s right, should have seen
Just what was there and not some holy light, it crawled beneath my veins and now
I don’t care, I had no luck, I don’t miss it all that much
There’s just so many things that I can’t touch, I’m torn

There’s nothing where he used to lie, my inspiration has run dry
That’s what’s going on, nothing’s right, I’m torn

I’m all out of faith, this is how I feel
I’m cold and I’m ashamed, bound and broken on the floor
You’re a little late, I’m already torn, torn”

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