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Released: 2013

The Arctic Monkeys, with their track “R U Mine?”, weave a tale of one-sided love, wracked by uncertainties and a desperate yearning for confirmation. This song eloquently captures the agony of unreciprocated affection and the internal torment of questioning whether the object of your affection feels the same way.

The line “I’m a puppet on a string,” sets the tone for the track. It immediately suggests a sense of despair, illustrating the speaker’s helpless and controlled state due to his infatuation. “Tracy Island, time-travelin’ diamond cutter-shaped heartaches,” is a amalgamation of cultural references. “Tracy Island” is the base of operations for “Thunderbirds,” a 1960s British TV series, hinting at escape and adventure, while “diamond cutter-shaped heartaches” paints a picture of sharp, cutting emotions. These lines indicate the speaker dreaming of far-off adventures in an attempt to alleviate his heartaches.

“She’s a silver linin’, lone ranger ridin’ through an open space,” the speaker likens the girl to a beacon of hope (the ‘silver lining’) and sees her as a liberating figure, like the Lone Ranger – a symbol of justice and freedom. However, her absence makes him feel empty as expressed in “I go crazy ’cause here isn’t where I wanna be”.

In the chorus, “Are you mine?” we are presented with the crux of the speaker’s insecurity and desire. The repetition of this question underlines an incessant need for validation. The variations: “Are you mine? (Are you mine tomorrow?)/ Are you mine? (Or just mine tonight?)”, also confront the fear of temporary affection vs a lasting relationship.

“I guess what I’m tryin’ to say is I need the deep end/ Keep imaginin’ meetin’, wished away entire lifetimes,” displays the speaker’s craving for depth and certainty in his relationship, underlining a sense of yearning that spans what feels like ‘entire lifetimes’.

“And the thrill of the chase moves in mysterious ways/ So in case I’m mistaken,” talks about the exhilarating, confusing game of love and its uncanny ways, encapsulating the speaker’s sense of uncertainty again.

In summary, “R U Mine?” is a profound musing from Arctic Monkeys that tugs at your heartstrings with its raw backdrop of pain, longing, and the uncertainty of unrequited love.

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