A ton of love
Solana Imani Rowe, better known by her stage name SZA, is an American R&B singer-songwriter. She recently put out a new album called CTRL, which led people shocked but it made many people take interest into her music. One of her songs points out that there are many instance in one’s life when they question who they are. One of these in particular is when women go through breakups. SZA details this trying event through her song “Love Galore.”
The “Love Galore” singer SZA struggles with her cravings for an ex-lover who mistreats her like a side piece. “Why you bother me when you know you don’t want me? / Why you bother me when you know you got a woman?” “Love Galore” is about SZA finding out her man was dating another girl while with her. After she finds out, she then breaks up with him and then gets revenge on him. The target audience for this song is toward young women but she speaks for women in general. Sometimes women feel helpless when they don’t understand how to face a situation. In the song, SZA is trying to tell women that you deserve better and to have higher standards in their relationships.
The words of Love Galore state, “why you bother me when you know you don’t want me, why do you bother me when you got a woman?” This means boys only want one thing (sex) but SZA doesn’t want that. When she is questioning him on why he is bothering her, she is trying to figure out what he wants from her. He already has another girlfriend and she doesn’t understand why is cheating on his girlfriend and cheating on her at the same time.
The lyrics say, that he would talk to her only when it was relevant to him. While doing all of this, he was taking advantage of her emotions by making her think that she was the only girl that he was talking to but in reality he had another woman at the same time. The lyrics in Love Galore, “Promise I won’t cry over spilled milk, gimme a paper towel, gimme another Valium, gimme another hour or two, hour with you.” The phrase “crying over spilled milk” is an idiom, “which is a group of words having a meaning not deducible from the individual words” (Dictionary.com). After all the time spent in one relationship, SZA doesn’t regret the wasted time. She won’t get mad over something that has already happened. She uses the paper towel as a reference of cleaning up the milk and taking another Valium as a sign that SZA is trying to get rid of the pain that she is going through. This sends a message to her audience that when dealing with a dramatic breakup there are different ways of coping with it. This indicates that she doesn’t want to dwell with it but she also needs some help to move forward. This makes a connection with her audience, because most young women can relate to this when going through a breakup.
In the song Love Galore, the tone is based on love. In the beginning of the song, the music has a solo with Travis Scott in the background saying “I need, I need, I need, I need.” The beat begins to pick up and SZA begins to sing. Whenever SZA sings the song, she carries the word love over and over before she sings galore. Galore means a ton.
The outro to the song “I came to your city, lookin’ for lovin’ n’ licky, cause you promised to put it down.” The outro is a telltale story of her man being in the area. Sometimes guys will say anything to see if you will come and see them. Whenever the girl shows up to your hometown, the guy tends to flake or just not answer the girl. This didn’t happen to SZA but it happened to her sister. SZA sister, went to a whole different state to see a guy but whenever she got there, he ignored her calls and didn’t get in contact with her. SZA uses this reference in her song to point out how guys are very manipulated on young girls by making them think they care but only to realize that they don’t.
SZA uses ethos as her past relationship as a guide through the song. She describes how he played her and broke her heart. Rather than bottling all of her emotions inside, SZA writes a song about this trying experience. While he was left in the dust, this song boosted SZA’s noteworthiness. When writing this song, you can tell SZA still might have feelings for him but is mad about the whole thing. When writing Love Galore, she could have just gotten out of the relationship and her emotions were everywhere not having any control. After having time to heal more she made the video later on, this had her process more of her thoughts and emotions to show the world that she is officially done with him. Young women go through many breakups throughout their life. After you have time to heal after a breakup you grow “thicker skin” and realize your worth. SZA makes it relatable for young women and women in general.
She uses pathos towards the butterflies as a symbol of freedom and beauty. In the video you see Travis Scott and SZA in a bedroom surrounded by thousands of monarch butterflies. The butterflies symbolize love and romantic scenery while visually it gets dark and mysterious, resulting in the disappearance of the butterflies. At the end of the video it begins to take a creepy turn; Scott and SZA both get into a fight and a deranged woman wielding a cane makes her way to the front door. As the old woman in a plaid attire makes her way up the stairs as Scott struggles to get out of the restraints. The old woman then has a weird creepy grin and they cut the scene, we then see the blood spatter across the window. The video ends with the woman in the rocking chair, laughing uncontrollably. This symbolizes that they are in love at the time, before she finds out that he is cheating on her. Then when it starts to get dark and mysterious, she decides to take her anger on him by getting revenge. By getting revenge she hires a hitman to come and kill of Scott as her lover in the video.
Love Galore was a way for SZA to put all her emotions into a song, to show all the young women that you don’t need a man to define who you are. Instead of breaking up with him, she gets revenge on him and mistreats him like he did to her. She then writes a song about him to help pour her emotions into the subject, this made her get a good reaction towards her audience. After listening to SZA song on how she got hurt but bounced back, made young women more related to her. Sometimes women feel helpless when they don’t understand how to face a situation. SZA turned her struggles into a relatable song for others out in the world to hear.