“Blind” is the sixth track on SZA’s 2022 album ‘SOS.’ The song talks about SZA’s blind eye towards the important things in life–herself. She has let so many people let her down and disappoint her, she has forgotten what is the most important thing in her life.
‘SOS’ is the highly anticipated second studio album by SZA, following her debut studio album ‘CTRL’ from 2017. The lead single of the album, “Shirt” was released live on SNL. According to SZA, the theme of the album is that she is very angry; “I feel like the general theme is like ‘I’m p*ssed.’ So I hope that that’s understood.” The acronym ‘SOS’ is historically derived from the sailor term ‘Save Our Ship’ a code for emergencies at the ocean. In the case of the album title, it can be inferred that SZA’s life is in disarray and needs help.
In “Blind,” SZA seems to acknowledge her past where she made a few mistakes letting the wrong people in. She is aware that she cannot escape her past–it’s written in permanent ink. But times have changed so much since then and SZA is almost a brand-new person. She has grown enough to know that ‘love’ exists within herself.
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SZA “Blind” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
In the first verse of the song, SZA admits to her past being not that great to her. She was almost reduced to a common housewife at some point in time. But by some miracle, she found her destiny to become a superstar.
The Solána Imani Rowe (SZA’s birth name) people knew back in the day is no more. The past is the past. No one can escape it. SZA is not trying to escape it either. But you can learn from it and grow. She is through her loser partners who kept her down. But she might hit some of them ever so often because the sex is good and some of them validate her. It feels good to be validated–but could be viewed as a dependency too. She has been blind to the fact that all the validation and love she ever needed was always inside of her.
SZA says her vagina precedes her–a play on the popular term ‘my reputation precedes me.’ This could infer that more often than not, she is viewed as a mere ‘female’ or a partner for sex. It could also be a boastful cheer about her sexual prowess.
SZA might also bathe in the glory when her boy toys can’t handle her in bed. In the second verse, she sings about “dysfunction” and boys coming over and not spending the full night. There is an obvious lack of commitment from the boys’ side and SZA does not seem to mind. She is not bound by the common perception that she needs to settle down.
Another possible sexual reference where SZA shows that she has the upper hand is when she says her boys pull their ‘guns’ out at the red light. The red light is the universal sign for ‘stop’ and the gun could be a metaphor for the male organ. She shows who is in charge in her sexual encounters. One word and the guys stop.
All-in-all pretty good life improvements for SZA over the years. What are your thoughts on the song? Let us know in the comments below.
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