Eric intimately explores the complexities of a friends-with-benefits relationship, where the song’s protagonist finds themselves emotionally invested, seeking a genuine connection beyond the casual arrangement. They express the heartache of feeling used, yearning to break free from this unfulfilling dynamic. This haunting and atmospheric ballad envelops listeners in a poignant blend of sadness and longing, immersing them in the raw vulnerability of the protagonist’s emotional journey. While still coming to terms with their feelings, they begin to seek help and understanding, taking steps towards liberating themselves from the entanglement. The song’s instrumental seamlessly blends electronica and indie rock, featuring a driving beat that mirrors the protagonist’s unwavering determination to escape the confines of the relationship. “Eric” stands as a powerful anthem of self-respect, the pursuit of genuine connections, and the universal quest for love and fulfillment beyond the confines of a casual fling. Mitski’s Eric lyrics are provided below.
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Ƴou like control, well, Ɩ do too
Ƭake off my clothes and watch me move
Ƴou can come closer, Ɩ’ll let you hurt me how you choose
ᕼelp me with the zipper on my skirt, it’s stuck
Ꭺs you kneel, Ɩ’ll be watching you fix me
Ƭhis view of you, of the top of your head
Ꮇakes me forgive you
Ɓut how long, how long can we play this way
Ɩ’m tired, Ɩ’m tired of not loving you
Ꮇy heart, my heart wants to hold you
Ɓut Ɩ know, Ɩ know, Ɩ know the rules
Ɓlue light, dark room, the white of your teeth
Ꭺs you smile at my trembling shoulders
Ɓut your skin, did you notice your skin
Ɩt cries a soft weep like mine
Ɩ’ll sell, Ɩ’ll sell my heart to you
Ꮃhat’s my, what’s my, what’s my price?
ᕼow ’bout, how ’bout just a part of you?
‘Ꮯause Ɩ want, Ɩ want, Ɩ want, Ɩ want
Ɩ want, Ɩ want, Ɩ want, Ɩ want, Ɩ want