Tomorrow Never Dies

Have you ever been in infatuation? Have you ever felt so infatuated with something or perhaps someone? How did it feel like? Did you feel hopeless? Did you feel helpless? You cannot even explain what the matter with you is. You cannot even figure out what is wrong with yourself. You cannot even describe why you feel that way and how it happened. Did you feel excited yet terrified at the same time? Did you feel curios yet scared at the same time? Did it keep you awake at night? Did it leave you wondering during the day? Did it turn you into this pathetic human being? You cannot even find out the reason why you felt that way. And you cannot even get away from it either. You are stuck. You are trapped. And whatever game it is, you are unknowingly but willingly get going with it. Did you feel like dying and being so alive at the same time? You cannot even understand what you will do about that feeling. You cannot even stop it either. You know nothing but that tomorrow never dies with all the feeling you have inside.

“It’s so deadly my dear, the power of having you near.” –Sheryl Crow, Tomorrow Never Dies

Bond’s soundtracks are mostly mesmerizing. And this one song performed by Sheryl Crow is one of them. It is titled “Tomorrow Never Dies”, which served as the theme song to the James Bond film of the same name (1997). The alternative rock ballad track was written by Crow herself along with Mitchell Froom. “Tomorrow Never Dies” was released as a part of “Tomorrow Never Dies: Music from the Motion Picture” soundtrack album on November 27th 1997. It was later released as a single on December 1st 1997. This is a song about being infatuated to someone mysterious that we got so addicted to their charm.


"Tomorrow Never Dies" single cover by Sheryl Crow | source: en.wikipedia.org

There is always something about a mysterious person. They certainly have the kind of particular charm that is hard to explain by words. They catch our attention. And the next thing we know is that we’re already infatuated with them. We’re killed to death by that mysterious charm. It’s thrilling. It’s fascinating. It’s all as abundant within us as our heart and mind seem like it’s ready to explode. And when they leave, they leave us to burn, alone. “Darling, I’m killed. I’m in a puddle on the floor waiting for you to return. Oh, what a thrill, fascinations galore, how you tease, how you leave me to burn.” And we can never win against this mysterious charm. It’s like the game of love where we are left outside their candy store after the sweet kiss they gave the other night. And we know we can never win that game, but we choose to be in anyway. “Darling you’ve won, it’s no fun, martinis, girls, and guns, it’s murder on our love affair. But you bet your life every night, while you’re chasing the morning light, you’re not the only spy out there.”
Indeed, we cannot escape from this mysterious charm. It’s strangling us; choking us until we’re losing breath. It’s binding us; tangling us until we’re losing power. It’s paralyzing us. It makes us helpless. And the next thing we know is that we’re on our knees. And we’re lying naked on the floor just waiting for it to return. It’s killing us. However, the stranger thing is that we even enjoy it. We enjoy the deadly affection of the charm. “It’s so deadly my dear, the power of having you near.” And the sole reason why we enjoy it is because the paradoxical effect of the charm itself. It’s deadly but it makes us feel alive at the same time. It makes us helpless but it’s giving us strength at the same time. It makes us invincible. We’re vulnerable yet invulnerable at the same time. We are weak for wanting them, but the wanting feeling itself is so powerful. We are weak for having them, but the having itself is so powerful. Hence we know we are defeated. We raise our white flag. We surrender. “It’s so deadly my dear, the power of wanting you near.”
And the scariest thing about being infatuated is probably how it makes us waiting so willingly and so obediently. And indeed, just to be able to feel that mysterious charm again, we are willing to wait until forever. Indeed, just in order to feel the sense of that charm again, we are willing to crawl on our knees. Indeed, just for the sake of being able to feel it again, we are willing to give up on anything. We will wait until that day comes; the day when they return for good. We will wait until that day comes; even if that day is the day when the world falls away. We will wait until that day comes; the day when they say there will be no more goodbyes. We will wait until that day; for we know that with the galore feeling we have now, tomorrow will never die. It is the game we know we’ll end up losing anyway. Hence it’s our strategy to just lose it up. We lose it in order to win; for we know, tomorrow will never die anyway. “Until that day, until the world falls away, until you say there’ll be no more goodbyes. I see it in your eyes, tomorrow never dies.”


"Tomorrow Never Dies: Music from the Motion Picture" album cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

For me personally, there is always something with a mysterious person; or at least, a person who exudes a mysterious charm from within themselves. I always fall for this kind of person. They always somehow got me infatuated. And I guess this is also what had made me attracted to my current partner. He was exuding this kind of mysterious charm when I first met him seven years ago. And I guess he still has the knack on it. Yes, I say that he still got it, indeed. Perhaps that is one of the things why I’m still in love with him. It is not something that can be easily explained. It is not something that can be easily described by words. It is something that I feel. It is something from within him. And I know I got infatuated with him, perhaps until the world falls away. Maybe it is in the power of wanting him near. Maybe it is in the power of having him near. It’s so deadly yet it makes me alive. Then and now, I’m in a puddle on the floor waiting for him to return, until there will be no more goodbyes. And I see it in his eyes, tomorrow never dies.

“It’s so deadly my dear, the power of wanting you near.” –Sheryl Crow, Tomorrow Never Dies




Darling I’m killed, I’m in a puddle on the floor waiting for you to return
Oh, what a thrill, fascinations galore, how you tease, how you leave me to burn

It’s so deadly my dear, the power of having you near

Until that day, until the world falls away, until you say there’ll be no more goodbyes
I see it in your eyes, tomorrow never dies

Darling you’ve won, it’s no fun, martinis, girls, and guns, it’s murder on our love affair
But you bet your life every night, while you’re chasing the morning light, you’re not the only spy out there

It’s so deadly my dear, the power of wanting you near

Until that day, until the world falls away, until you say there’ll be no more goodbyes
I see it in your eyes, tomorrow never dies

Until that day, until the world falls away, until you say there’ll be no more goodbyes
I see it in your eyes

Until that day, until that day, until that day

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