January 31, 2015

peaceWhen Ana Maria asked me to write about this song, my first answer was “I’ve never listened to it”. I was wrong. I used to listen to it quite often, but I simply couldn’t remember the name. Thankfully, she brought it back to my attention and, as requested when I spoke about Sakurasou, today I will focus on another one of Gackt’s songs: Peace.

I had it on my playlist at one point, but I never actually wondered what it was about. It appeared on two albums, Kimi ni Aitakute and Love Letter, and it is beautiful. Haven’t I said that before, about other songs? Perhaps… and you can be sure I will say it again. So, what is it about? About love and pain and loss. About how easily something that almost was can be destroyed. Almost… it can be such a sad word. The story itself is sad and quite frustrating. Again, we do not have a video which might offer hints, therefore we cannot say for certain why the man did everything he could to push his lover away. She loves him and he claims to love her back. So what is the reason behind his, dare we call it, cruelty? Knowing Gackt’s songs, I wouldn’t put it past him to point once more towards death. Or perhaps it was only his fear that separated them. And a touch of idiocy, if I am to go with my first impression (and the second one).

Right now I would say that there are various layers to the song, waiting to be uncovered. The title itself is misleading. Nothing is alright, that peace sign hides lies and a tormented soul. If the last lines are anything to go by, we could imagine a scenario where a certain coldness makes itself at home in the relationship because of the man’s attempt to keep his lover unaware of the tragedy waiting to strike. People make mistakes, even – or especially – when it comes to love. We can visualize the couple and the way things unfold. Love is there, we see it from the outside. But the words, regardless of the reason, remain unspoken. Because of this, the outcome cannot be a happy one.

I feel like the music, especially the sound of the violin, is melancholic enough to hit you where it hurts. And yet it is also tender enough to allow you one last shred of hope that things can get better in the end. If you remove the lyrics, you are left with music that will no doubt soothe you while coaxing you to take a step back and relax. Return to the song as a whole and you will recognize a rather familiar situation: falling in love, using hurtful words to hide the truth, hurting the ones we love… letting them go. Because really, what else can you do when you’ve reached the point of no return? Crumbs of affection are not enough for a healthy relationship and a great deal of pain can be avoided when the lovers part ways. Only then we can speak of peace.

When it comes to music, many of the songs I listen have a story behind them. Sometimes they remind me of a person or of a certain feeling. Peace took me back to a time when I would put this song and others like it on repeat while I was writing pieces of a story or long letters. While not as soothing as other songs, Peace can draw you in little by little. And who knows? Maybe you’ll find a drop of inspiration there. Or maybe you will want to share your opinion about it with us. Enjoy!

by Elena Atudosiei

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7 Responses to Peace

  1. Ana Maria on January 31, 2015 at 10:50 am

    For me, whenever I am listening to this song, I always think that he loves her, but she is in love with someone else. For exemple, when he says “The times when you look so lonely/Are the days when the person you’ve given your heart to is cold to you”, it might mean she loves another man who isn’t aware of her love,
    And when he says “I patted your small shoulders with both hands/And with a false smile said, “It’s okay”/Gave you a peace sign, and smiled…”, it might mean he loves her but she isn’t aware of his love…is like a sad circle
    …and yet, for him might seem alright as long as he can be there for her, as he finishes the song with “But I’m always by your side/Watching over you”
    …but still, it pains because he doesn’t have the courage to tell her that he loves her…because he loves her way too much, so much it hurts.
    Maybe there are other reasons hidden, but this we can only assume 🙂

    • Elena Atudosiei on January 31, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      Oh my! Honestly, I haven’t seen it like that until now, but it makes perfect sense. The love and sadness remain interwoven, but for completely different reasons. I saw in “the person you’ve given your heart to” the man who already has a relationship with the lady. Thank you for the comment! Now I want to listen this song once more, this time following your interpretation. Maybe I’ll find a third way to look at the lyrics.

  2. Ana Maria on February 2, 2015 at 2:09 pm
  3. Marta on February 17, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Peace nu atrage prea multa atentie, dintre toate melodiile lui Gackt.Dar este de o tandrete caracteristica lui.Am citit ce ai scris Ana Maria.Intotdeauna am avut impresia ca ma regasesc macar intr-o parte din versurile lui, daca nu in tot cantecul.Cred ca eleganta unui barbat sau si putina naivitate este sa isi poata gasi pacea, atunci cand sentimentele nu sunt aceleasi cu ale persoanei pe care o iubeste.Mereu mi-l imaginez pe Gackt zambindu-i cu durere si afectiune dupa ce spune ca totul e in ordine, este cea mai semnificativa imagine din toate versurile cantecului, pentru mine.

    • Elena Atudosiei on February 17, 2015 at 9:04 pm

      “Mi-l imaginez pe Gackt zambindu-i cu durere si afectiune”… și eu. Dacă ne gândim la același lucru, e un zâmbet pe care-l vedeam acum câțiva ani în interviurile și videoclipurile lui. Foarte frumos, de multe ori timid. Aș spune ca durerea și afecțiunea merg mână-n mână în cântecele lui.

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