Something is cooking behind the scenes for Sami Smith and their fans. They have not been able to hold it in much longer as Sam Smith and the collaborator on this track have teased the song quite a bit so far. “Unholy” sings about everything ‘unholy’ about them because they are open about who they are. What about everyone who lurks in the shadows?
“Unholy” is expected to be the lead single from Sam Smith’s upcoming fourth studio album. The song features vocals by the German-born singer/songwriter Kim Petras, who is also part of the LGBTQ+ community.
The new song expects to change the course Sam Smith has been taking in their music so far. Instead of beating themselves or putting themselves down for their identity, they seek to embrace it. In an interview with Billboard magazine, Sam Smith announced the shift in pace in their career going forward;
“I think joy for me, and for a lot of queer people, is quite a dangerous place. We’re all masters of pain, and I think it’s … courageous to step into the queer joy of it all.”
The song is expected to release on September 15, 2022.
Listen to “Unholy” by Sam Smith & Kim Petras
Sam Smith “Unholy” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
The intro to the song signals the unholiness that is about to come down.
The ‘body shop’ could be a reference to the nature of sex–bodies grinding against each other.
Sam Smith brings an interesting dynamic in the first verse of the song. They talk about a girl who is living her dream–she is married to a nice boy and they have a good thing going on. In everyone’s eyes, she is a lucky girl and he is a lucky man.
But this boy has a secret.
This boy, when he is not with his beautiful wife, lurks in unholy places. In these circles, he talks to other like-minded people and Sam Smith knows that this boy gets dirty–unspeakable things in the eyes of many.
When he goes back to his wife, he is ‘clean’ as a whistle. But in the darkness, he indulges in all things unholy. Should his wife know about this side of him, it would result in a definite divorce. But the boy maintains appearances for the sake of everyone else.
In the hook of the song, Sam Smith ponders how this boy is living a double life. He is keeping it well hidden from his partner and their kids. It is clear that this guy is attracted to the flame like a moth. But in this day and age, the moth will only burn because he is scared to confront who he really is.
Kim Petras jumps into the track in the second verse.
She assumes the role of the lucky girl (?) in this story. She talks about a bunch of luxurious brands such as Fendi, Balenciaga, Prada, and Miu Miu.
These lyrics sum up this situation perfectly. Kim Petras sings that when this boy “wants” to get dirty, he will come to her.
But, when this boy “needs” it, he will go under the radar–to the body shop, where he can really let loose. This tells us where the boy’s true inclination lies. Unfortunately, he has to keep up ‘cleaner’ appearances not to face the wrath of society.
This song is unreleased yet. We will alter the story should the lyrics change from what is available right now on Genius.
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