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Mitski - Stay Soft

[Verse 1]
Fury, pure and silver
You grip it tight inside
Like a knife
It glints in your eye
It's why I've arrived, your sex god
Here to take you where
You need to go
To where the dark remembers you

[Pre-Chorus]
Open up your heart
Like the gates of Hell

[Chorus]
You stay soft, get beaten
Only natural to harden up
You stay soft, get eaten
Only natural to harden up

[Verse 2]
I am face down on my bed
Still not quite awake yet
Thinking of you
I tuck my hand under my weight
Just tell me what you want to do
Tell me what you want
To burn away
'Cause I could be your stoker
[Pre-Chorus]
Open up your heart
Like the gates of Hell

[Chorus]
You stay soft, get beaten
Only natural to harden up
You stay soft, get eaten
Only natural to harden up
You stay soft, get beaten
Only natural to harden up
You stay soft, get eaten
Only natural to harden up

"Stay Soft" is the third track off of Mitski's sixth studio album "Laurel Hell". The music video released on February 4, 2022, the same day as the album. Director Maegan Houang said in a statement: “This video is heavily inspired by Romanticism and paintings and artwork from the Victorian era. Like the lyrics of the song "Stay Soft", paintings from that era have a gentle quality, but they still evoke a certain feeling of unexplored darkness and danger. I want the audience to feel safe within this fabricated world and then realize that the character Mitski plays is being hunted.” On "Stay Soft" itself, Mitski adds: “This song, frankly, is about hurt people finding each other, and using sex to make sense of their pain. This is by no means the correct way to cope with trauma, but it’s a thing people do regardless, and I always want to write songs about what we actually do, so that we don’t feel alone in them.” In a press release, Mitski said, "‘Stay Soft’ was a more straightforward rock song when I wrote it on guitar, but the darkly sexual lyrics sung in that context felt too heavy and melodramatic. So we couched the depressing lyrics in an inviting dance beat, which is a trick people have used for hundreds of years. The remnants of the original grungy feeling can be heard starting at the instrumental interlude, when the distorted guitar comes in. This song, frankly, is about hurt people finding each other, and using sex to make sense of their pain. This is by no means the correct way to cope with trauma, but it’s a thing people do regardless, and I always want to write songs about what we actually do, so that we don’t feel alone in them." - David Renshaw, FADER

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