Blame

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  • This song's lyrics contain some really violent imagery. Frontman Dan Smith told The Sun that "Blame" is a "gangster-style story inspired by The Godfather."
  • Dan Smith expanded on the song's meaning to Radio.com :

    "'Blame' is like a super simple snapshot of two gang members, one of whom is pissing the other one off, and it's like that moment before pulling the trigger, and it's the snapshot of that, and it was using imagery from like The Godfather and from American History X to just create this brooding, mean snapshot into these two people's really extreme emotions in this little fictional narrative. So yeah, it totally leans on the familiar within those situations to try and take you as a listener to that place immediately. I think as well just the feel of the song, it's got that mean, dramatic lean to it.

    We talk quite a lot about our music having kind of darker subject matter with these kind of optimistic-sounding, hopeful tracks, and I think this is almost like the flipside of that, where it's a quite dark and brooding song. But actually, it's about a kind of Good Samaritan narrative in the context of everything that's happening at the moment in the world and being in a sea where everyone keeps their heads down, so in their life, just one small act of kindness can completely transform a day, or a situation, or a week, and can follow you all the time and that you can feel kind of worthy or unworthy of that."
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