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Released: 2023

“My Love Mine All Mine” by Mitski is an exploratory dialogue about the impermanence of life, with the universal theme of love viewed as a beacon of enduring hope. Mitski expresses the inevitability of death, musing about her human insignificance, all while asserting that her love is the only thing she has that she can truly call hers.

Mitski initiates her soulful lyrical journey, imploring to the ‘Moon’, an all-seeing celestial entity. ‘Moon, a hole of light, Through the big top tent up high’ draws a cosmic metaphor, emphasizing the ephemerality of life akin to a transient carnival happening under the ever-watchful moon. She questions if she could deposit her love with the moon so when death eventually greets her, it continues to inspire love among the living.

The declarative lyric, ‘Cause my love is mine, all mine’, echoes the singer’s innate resilience amidst life’s uncertainties. It’s a powerful proclamation of love as an enduring force in an otherwise fleeting existence. The repetition of ‘mine’ underscores love as her sole possession and source of true identity.

With ‘My baby, here on earth, Showed me what my heart was worth’, Mitski reveals a more intimate dimension of her narrative. She was illuminated about her heart’s true value by this ‘baby’, a figure that obviously holds a profound importance in her life. In this context, ‘baby’ may refer to a lover, child, or perhaps, her younger self.

The lyricist beautifully blurs the line between self-love and romantic love with the chorus. ‘Nothing in the world belongs to me, But my love mine, all mine’ reiterates that her love is indeed the only aspect of her life that she truly owns. It’s a poignant reminder that while you can’t control or own much in the world, you can certainly control your capacity to love.

In the poetic universe of Mitski’s music, love reigns supreme as the greatest legacy one can leave behind. “My Love Mine, All Mine” is essentially Mitski’s love letter to the world, reminding us of love’s permanence amidst the transient chaos of our lives.

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