The Crazy Meanings Behind Your Favorite Top 40 Songs
“Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd
“Can’t Feel My Face” is about cocaine, full stop. “She” is just a personification coke, and “Can’t Feel My Face” describes someone with a coke addiction using the subtlety of a jackhammer, but somehow people still don’t realize “Can’t Feel My Face” has nothing to do with romance. The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye) even references the song’s not-so-hidden meaning on Starboy‘s “Reminder,” where he sings, “I just won a new award for a kids show / Talking ’bout a face numbing off a bag of blow.” We’re pretty sure Abel isn’t addicted to drugs IRL… anymore. He told Rolling Stone that ’08 to 2010 were his “hazy years” but that he never needed to detox from the drug. Ironically, Abel told Zane Lowe at Beats 1 that “Can’t Feel My Face” was the fastest song he wrote for the album.