If you don’t know Ludo you most certainly need to check them out. Although their hardcore fans aren’t as crazy about their latest album as Broken Bride, the title cut is an amazing confession of addiction.
What flavor of addiction doesn’t matter. Whether alcohol or a destructive relationship or eleventy-billion other things, addiction is addiction. It’s high maintanence, gluttonous and cold, regardless of the face it wears. Check out the lyrics to ‘Love Me Dead’:
Love me cancerously, Like a salt-sore soaked in the sea.
‘High-maintenance’ means you’re a gluttonous queen
Narcissistic and mean.
Kill me romantically, Fill my soul with vomit
Then ask me for a piece of gum.
Bitter and dumb, you’re my sugarplum. You’re awful, I love you!
She moves through moonbeams slowly, She knows just how to hold me
And when her edges soften, Her body is my coffin
I know she drains me slowly, She wears me down to bones in bed
Must be the sign on my head that says, oh…Love me dead!
You’re a faith-healer on T.V., you’re an office park without any trees
Corporate and cold, gushing for gold
Leave me alone.
You suck so passionately, you’re a parasitic, psycho, filthy creature
finger-bangin’ my heart
You call me up drunk, does the fun ever start?
You’re hideous and sexy!
You’re born of a jackal! You’re beautiful!
Of course, you have to watch the video or hear the song to get the full carnival-esque feel of the tune. (That’s how music works…) But it’s a beautifully bouncy tragedy of the addictive nature of sin. Disturbingly beautiful images of ‘cancerous love’ that drains me, ‘filling my soul with vomit’ (and then asking for a piece of gum, no less!). It brings to mind the old adage, "sin will always make you go farther than you want to go, stay longer than you want to stay, and pay more than you wanted to pay." In my life, I know this to be true. Whenever I feed my sinful desires, they grow. And grow. Pride. Envy. Jealousy. Whatever.
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Do you resonate with any of this? How have you seen the destructive nature of sin played out? What about it’s addictive quality? What do the lyrics and video bring to light about your own life?