Tove Lo’s Habits (Stay High)

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The hit single Habits (Stay High) by Tove Lo has put the Swedish artist on the map. The song was the second single on her EP Truth Serum, and tells the story of a chaotic breakup that she experienced. The raw emotion that can be heard in the song and seen in the video is due to the fact that Tove Lo wrote the song.

In the song she sings “You’re gone and I gotta stay high all the time, to keep you off my mind….. Spend my days locked in a haze, trying to forget you babe. I fall back down, gotta stay high all my life. To forget I’m missing you.”

Although some criticized her for admitting that she used drugs and alcohol as a way to cope with a failed relationship, the video garnered even more attention. It is shot from a up-close fish eye view and portrays Tove Lo drunkenly stumbling around a crowded clubs while kissing people at random and crying at times.

Many people think that she is doing herself a disservice by writing a song that so honestly portrays such a personal and destructive time in her life, but I applaud her.

Instead of judging her I think that more people should think about the fact that the majority of people do cope with broken relationships, and broken hearts by turning to substance abuse. What she’s saying is the truth.

I can’t count the number of times my friends have gone out after a breakup and ended up binge drinking because they want to escape what is happening to them. These nights never end well, because drinking and being in a chaotic environments will brings out your deepest emotions. Instead of drowning out our sorrows, we just torture ourselves.

I also don’t think that she is in anyway glamorizing substance abuse. In the video she shows how dark substance abuse can be and how out of control it makes you.

True artists use their medium in order to express the truth, and to show others fragments of their lives. I think that the real “habit” that Tove Lo is speaking about is the inability to let go of someone that you love and how hard it can be to face the pain that comes with moving on.


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