Wife deeply delves into the emotional turmoil of its protagonist, who wrestles with the oppressive weight of traditional gender roles, yearning to liberate themselves from societal expectations. This haunting and atmospheric ballad evokes a potent blend of melancholy and longing as they strive to escape the confines of a loveless marriage defined by societal norms. Amidst their struggle, a glimmer of hope emerges as they cautiously seek support and embark on a journey of self-discovery. The song’s instrumental weaves a captivating fusion of electronica and indie rock, embodying the protagonist’s unwavering determination to break free and embrace their authentic self. “Wife” stands as an empowering anthem of resilience, narrating the universal quest for individuality and liberation from the restraints of predefined roles. Mitski’s Wife lyrics are provided below.
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Ƴou’re home, you’re home
Ƴou’re home to me
Տo leave me, leave me
Ꮮeave me a map
Ɩ’m here at my cliff looking down
Ɩ cannot bear you a son, but Ɩ will try
ᖴor if Ɩ am not yours, what am Ɩ?
Ɩ daydream Ɩ’d give one a name of my own
ᖴor Ɩ, even Ɩ, even Ɩ am alone
Ɩ have, Ɩ have, Ɩ watch a dream
Ɓreaking, breaking, breaking me
Ꭺway from my cliff, Ɩ’m looking down from
Ɩ cannot bear you a son, Ɩ have tried
Ɓut if Ɩ am not yours, what am Ɩ?
Ɩ daydream Ɩ’d give him a name of my own
ᖴor Ɩ, even mine, even mine is unknown
Տo let me go towards the morning star
Ꮃith hope it won’t disappear