You didn't see my valentine
I sent it via pantomime
While you were watching someone else
I stared at you and cut myself
“Pantomime” is the telling of a story without words, by means of bodily movements, gestures, and facial expressions. SO here, Fiona has not actually verbalized her love but rather, tried to enact it perhaps.
“I was a little afraid of putting that line in because I didn’t want to make it sound cool, because I don’t cut myself…I used to be somebody that would cut themselves, and it is about wanting to feel something. But something that I do…I mean, this is totally from an actual situation of me watching someone watching someone else being really alive—not quite in the way it seems in the song—but after a while I realize that I’ve dug holes in my palm with my fingernails. I just tend to do things to myself that I don’t realize I’m doing.”
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