Halsey – Darling | Lyrics Meaning Explained
“Darling” is the seventh track on Halsey’s 2021 album ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power.’ The song is a lullaby to Halsey’s daughter but can be for anyone who needs to find some peace in their mind.
Halsey released her fourth studio album ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’ on August 27, 2021. This is her follow-up project to her highly successful album ‘Manic’ released in 2020. About the new album, Halsey said “This album is a concept album about the joys and horrors of pregnancy and childbirth. It happened by accident. I wasn’t trying to make a political record, or a record that was drowning in its own profundity—I was just writing about how I feel. The reason that the album has sort of this horror theme is because this experience, in a way, has its horrors.”
In the song, Halsey bears her weakness on her shoulders and opens up a vulnerable side of her to us. However, she remains positive about seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for her and for her daughter. She seems to console her baby in these lyrics, as she does on the final track of the album “Ya’aburnee.”
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Halsey “Darling” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
In the first verse of the song, Halsey gets vulnerable about her dark times. She talks about the days she feels hopeless, powerless, and overrun with emotions. These days absolutely break her down. This could be due to many things going on in her life. ‘Doubleheader’ is a reference to suffering from bipolar disorder, which she admitted in her previous album.
When Halsey says to try the medication she bought ‘instead’ (of contemporary medicine), she could be referring to her music. Her music might be her own saviour as well. However, she follows up by saying that this medicine is working a little for her but she is running out of it at the same time. Is Halsey talking about retirement?
Darling, don’t you weep
There’s a place for me
Halsey addresses the person as ‘darling’ which is one of the most endearing terms to call someone. Is she really talking to her daughter, though? Halsey’s assurance is that there is a place for her in this darling’s life no matter where she ends up or even when she is gone from this world.
In the second verse of the song, Halsey draws parallels of her life with what’s in store for her daughter. Halsey recalls her broken home and how the little flowers growing in the graveyards gave her hope. This line contrasts between life and death.
Halsey sings that she is not sure where she is going to be buried once she leaves this world. No matter where that would be, she assures her daughter that everything will still be okay.
Halsey also sings that there have been many men who have tried to win her heart over the years. But only her daughter has truly been able to capture her heart forever.
Until it’s time to see the light
I’ll make my own with you each night
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