Gorillaz – Désolé | Lyrics Meaning & Song Review

“Désolé” is the second release off of Gorillaz’ new project ‘Music Machine: Season 1.’ The group released the first episode, titled “Momentary Bliss” featuring slowthai and Slaves. The news is that there will be a new episode every month by Gorillaz.

“Désolé” is a song encompassing English and French languages. The title of the song is French for “sorry.” It also features vocals by African singer Fatoumata Diawara.

Gorillaz sat down with Pitchfork to talk about their new song where they broke down the idea behind it; “What can I say about Désolé? They say sorry is the hardest word, but that’s not true…. Try saying antidisestablishmentarianism with a mouth full of gluten-free cronuts on a speed boat without licking your lips.”

Watch “Désolé” Music Video by Gorillaz

The music video features Gorillaz animations, as usual, and Fatoumata, too, taking a speedboat ride in a bay.

In the lyrics to the song, we hear Gorillaz apologizing aplenty. Why? There is someone they have done wrong and the guilt is killing them. The lyrics “I’m a long way from land / I don’t know what to do / Try to hold on to you” suggest that there might have been a long-distance relationship that ay have not worked out. Maybe it was more to do with the singer’s faults.

In the third verse, Fatoumata Diawara sings in French telling that it has been a long wait holding off on her life waiting for her love. It has been too long and she is tired of waiting. Even her ghosts are tired of waiting for this romance to spark life.

While 2-D of Gorillaz breaks down over a love that he let go, Fatoumata responds that it might be too late to mend things back.

What do you think about “Désolé” by Gorillaz? Drop a comment below.

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1 Response

  1. Nameless says:

    In the music video, you can see Murdoc crying and alone while everyone else is outside having fun. Throughout the years Murdoc has done horrible things like abusing 2D, nearly killing his own band, and thrown in jail. Yet throughout those times he wrote songs that are like apologizes such as Broken from the plastic beach album. It will only make sense that he wrote Désolé to apologize for what he has done and of course it’ll take time for those wounds to heal. And from what he though the band didn’t need him, Noodle was playing guitar with monster gloves while Russel was playing drums with carrots; 2D was wearing the hat Murdoc gave him. With that combined, it shows that without Murdoc the band would not be as successful and that he is needed despite what he has done

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