I discovered Hot Chip's song "Made in the Dark" a few months ago. It's exquisitely beautiful, and seems to describe the aftermath of the break up of a romantic relationship.

The chorus consists of the words: 'We were made in the dark.' I find this both beautiful and intriguing. But what does it mean? Two plausible theories come to mind:

  • When I first heard the song, it made me think, and indeed still does make me think, of Psalm 139.15-16, which reads in one translation: 'My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.'
  • Trawling through the speculations of fans online, the most common explanation I've come across is that the relationship in question was based solely on physical intimacy. The relationship began in the bedroom, and therefore was 'made in the dark' in the sense of being made in a private setting, or in a more literal sense.

Many are of the opinion that the meaning of a song is whatever the listener perceives it to be; I am not of that opinion. Have Hot Chip themselves ever commented on the meaning behind this song?

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    My interpretation is: "Our relationship is a product of darkness." Whether that refers to the darkness of the bedroom or some kind of metaphorical darkness, I cannot say. Sep 8, 2020 at 4:54

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Vocalist/keyboardist Alexis Taylor told the Sun newspaper that he thought this song contains the best lyrics he'd ever written.

Taylor explained the album title to Slate magazine: "I got to thinking about relationships and how quite an important moment takes place in the dark. As human beings, we are all 'made in the dark' to some extent. I was ruminating on the fact that important things you do are done by not speaking."

Ref: https://www.songfacts.com/facts/hot-chip/made-in-the-dark

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