Last week, Grimes released her Blood Diamonds collaboration “Go,” a straight-up gleaming pop song that she’d originally written for Rihanna. And as certain comments sections will attest, it may be the year’s single most divisive song. (We at Stereogum, for the record, like it a lot.) On Twitter recently, a fan asked Grimes what the song was about, and she responded that “its about escaping into people or art even if its painful rather than escaping into drugs or alcohol and being numb.” On her Tumblr, she decided to expand on that explanation. Here’s what she wrote:

i guess i get pretty obtuse lyrically sorry if its like unclear in the song haha, but i guess i wanted ppl to be able to interpret it as being about love as well in case it had to be radio -friendly

i dunno if that last sentence is grammatically correct lol its def a run on sentence – this is y twitter is useful it forces u to be brief my explanation of my explanation is longer than my explanation

It’s interesting to think that Grimes is writing songs now with some thought to what the radio might play. If she actually gets one of her songs into rotation on top 40 radio, she will earn all the high fives.

Comments (7)
  1. I thought it was about ‘Go’-ing to a frat rave in order to get your dubbysteppy groove on. I am now enlightened by her wisdom and forward-thinking concepts. Hallowed be Grimes name.

  2. lol, dat explanation was like so cute haha and stuff

  3. It’s “about” to make my cry.

    On account of the lame.

  4. Sad when these millennials can’t even be bothered to write out full words and use punctuation. That is why Twitter is not useful, Grimes…

  5. So many lawns to get off of already in this comments section. Claire is very intelligent and she made a radio friendly tune without sacrificing the qualities that make her unique. That’s a great accomplishment. Clearly she is aware that the tune was written for someone else and isn’t appropriate for her next full-length. That’s why she released it now as a palette cleanser. She killed at Pitchfork in 2012 and I can’t wait to see what she does next.

  6. If Claire achieves Top 40 radio play she deserves over 9,000 high fives! OWWWOOOOOOO!

  7. man, i liked Visions a lot, but to be honest, this new song sounds at least a year old in terms of pop music trends.

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