The Neighbourhood, ‘Sweater Weather’ – Song Meaning
Winter is prime ‘Sweater Weather’ time but it’s not so obvious in The Neighbourhood’s dreamy, indie pop/rock jam. The layered and lazy song spent many months at No. 1 on the alt rock charts in 2013 and it has a much deeper meaning than you might think.
It’s very carnal in its lyrical imagery.
“All I am is a man / I want the world in my hands / I hate the beach / But I stand / In California with my toes in the sand / Use the sleeves of my sweater / Let’s have an adventure / Head in the clouds but my gravity’s centered / Touch my neck and I’ll touch yours / You in those little high-waisted shorts.”
Is this really about clothes, fashion choices and style? No. Not even close. That’s just the window dressing, no pun intended. What frontman Jesse James Rutherford is really singing about is connecting and making the best of the situation you currently find yourself in.
“Cause it’s too cold / For you here and now / So let me hold / Both your hands in the holes of my sweater.”
What a romantic image, right? Snuggling and using his sweater to keep her hands warm. Two become one with a piece of fabric, which could be construed as a metaphor for sex. Right? It also projects the idea of you and me vs. the cold, which is really suggesting that it’s you and me vs. the world.
“And if I may just take your breath away / I don’t mind if there’s not much to say / Sometimes the silence guides our minds / So move to a place so far away / The goose bumps start to raise / The minute that my left hand meets your waist / And then I watch your face / Put my finger on your tongue / ‘Cause you love to taste, yeah.”
The butterflies of love and romance are captured here, as well. Again, it’s portrayed as an expansive metaphor for sexual intercourse and relations.
That’s our read of ‘Sweater Weather.’ PopCrushers, what’s yours?
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