Until The Ribbon Breaks-My Love

Until The Ribbon Breaks, aka UTRB, is a folky, alternative group blending smooth and rough vocals with electronic, pop, rock, and hip-hop vibes. If you listen to their self-titled album, you will find yourself questioning if you are listening to the same band, and that’s pretty sweet to be able to do so many things well.

I stumbled across their song “My Love” from that album while listening to my Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify. I was hitting repeat on this one and was struck by the image of the album:

The music video is just downright sexy, and includes some moving choreography. Let’s check out “My Love” here:

The lyrics are posted here, provided by Genius:

[Verse 1]
My love
Roulette, roulette
In a pretty black number, I bet
I’mma fall in love ‘fore I
‘fore I roll out of bed

“In a pretty black number, I bet” may refer to trauma that leads to quick emotional commitments.

[Pre-Chorus]
Head over heels I go
Head over heels I go, I go, I go
Head over heels we go
Head over heels she goes
I go, I go

[Chorus]
Way down in the deep end
Don’t you see me? Don’t you see?
Crawling on my knees
Babe, please believe me
That I’ll never let you go, my love

No, I’ll never let you go

This may refer to the inner, conflicting dialogue that occurs as a result of moving into someone vulnerable and quickly. It might sound something like this: “Is this right? Do you see me like I see you? I’ll never leave, because I don’t want you to leave.

[Verse 2]
My love
Tattooed, tattooed
Permanently placed on you
No more defense
Correction pens
No more running from the truth
And I will

Perhaps growing a little, they embrace their stance of commitment and honesty.

[Pre-Chorus]
Head over heels I go
Head over heels I go, I go, I go
Head over heels we go
Head over heels she goes
I go, I go

[Chorus]
Way down in the deep end
Don’t you see me? Don’t you see?
Crawling on my knees
Babe, please believe me
That I’ll never let you go, my love

[Outro]
Oh, darling
Slow, darling
No, darling
I’ll never let you go

No, I’ll never let you go
Oh, darling
Slow, darling
No, darling
I’ll never let you go

No, I’ll never let you go
Oh, darling
Slow, darling
No, darling
I’ll never let you go

No, I’ll never let you go
My love

I think this song is so beautiful. I love the music that starts the song, the melody, the intertwining rough and soft vocals and the way they come together in the story.

I am moved by the album art as it has a double meaning to me, both of which point to the beauty of children. First, it demonstrates the faithful fight that children have in them for purity and love. Second, it shows this compelling picture of how children under trauma are forced to grow up too quickly. They are ready to fight, and have evolved in some of the right ways (as in the child’s lean, strong body), yet they are still a child.

I believe the reason young people, traumatized people, and under-developed people rush to love is found in the following verse. 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” We may rush to love to escape fear, and to fill a place we aren’t sure is there. We instinctually drive toward love to drive away our fears.

Question

Do you think it is possible to maintain, or develop, a love founded on fear or trauma?

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