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This is a music analysis of the Hardlet relationship using two prominent Hardlet songs. Welcome Home by Radical Face and Don’t You Worry by Lucy Rose.
I was listening to my IPOD and all of a sudden this idea came to my mind. So I am going to take this opportunity to address my thoughts on these two songs.
Welcome Home by Radical Face (Series 5 Hardlet)
This song is played after Rich and Grace had a few moments of conflict caused by David Blood. He decided that Rich was not good enough for his daughter and wants to send Grace away in order to keep her from him and her friends.
Rich cannot accept this reality and fights back by acting like a knight in one of Grace’s fairytales. Scaling her house to offer her a solution to her Daddy issues. He asks her to marry him in order to take their lives in their own hands. To live out the story they want for themselves. It was a sweet and romantic scene.
While this scene plays out “Welcome Home” by Radical Face places. The song is essentially about finding something that makes you happy and healed. Then wanting to keep it. This fits perfectly with the scene it plays over. Rich found Grace someone who makes him happy and makes him a better person. Now that he has found her he doesn’t want her to leave. In that desperation he does something romantic and stupid in order to keep her from leaving.
One portion of the lyrics reads as follows:
Heal the scars from off my back. I don’t need them anymore. You can throw them out or keep them in your mason jars. I’ve come home
In this context home is with one another. They can handle anything together and they feel most like themselves together. Essentially Grace is Rich’s home that he just found. He doesn’t fit in with the metal world and he does not fit in with the mainstream world, but with Grace it feels like home.
Don’t You Worry by Lucy Rose (Series 6 Hardlet)
This song is played in a dramatic scene also caused by Blood’s actions. Grace is in a coma and has been injured by the incident that happened in Morocco. Blood has kept Rich away from Grace banning him from seeing her at the hospital. He hasn’t seen his girlfriend in over a month. Has no idea if she will be okay or not. He begins to create the reality he wants in his head due to the separation and his own logic mind. He knows that something is wrong and will probably never be right, but his mind is not ready to handle it quite yet.
He believes that Blood is taking Grace away from him by taking him to Switzerland. He like in Series 5 goes into problem solving mode and goes to fight for Grace. Ready to do anything. Beg, kidnap, bribe, plead, and sell his soul if need to be. Only to find that he is too late. So he breaks into Blood’s house and finds home videos of Grace. He begins to watch them and allows himself to feel all the things he has been feeling for the past month. Sadness, frustration, loneliness, and longing.
During this scene “Don’t You Worry” by Lucy Rose begins to play. This song captures Rich’s dogmatic desire to stay and be there for Grace. There is also a bit of reality denying that goes on with song. Saying that it is time to leave and things are changing even with this reality they still want to stay. It’s a loyalty that has no bounds.
One of the lyrics though caught my eye it goes like this:
And so, won’t you save me now (take me home.)
The first song is about finding home and taking a chance on something that is beautiful. The second song is about the desire to go back home in the face of losing it. Either way Grace is home. Hardlet is a place of refuge and safety.