This Tension

Album: Playland (2014)
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  • Johnny Marr explained the song's meaning to Under The Radar magazine: "'This Tension' is exploring the idea of disassociation and being around tons of people, loneliness, and a little bit of an old world stage idea, being behind a mask," he said. "The spoken word at the end is the idea of by the time you get to the end of that song, someone's just left with themselves and not wanting to reveal themselves to themselves. I tried to be paranoid and make the end of it feel like a panic attack, but against a dreamy background."

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