In 2006, singer Cascada burst onto the American music scene with a hit song titled “Everytime We Touch”. Reaching as high as number 10 on America’s Billboard Hot 100, it’s safe to call it her biggest hit in America to date.
But what is it about? At first glance, it seems like it’s another run of the mill pop filled love song. I’m here to tell you otherwise: it is in fact a song about a tragic medical accident which left Cascada alone to fight back from the very the brink of death.
Let’s take a look at the lyrics.
I still hear your voice when you sleep next to me
I still feel your touch in my dreams
Right away, we are thrown into a post traumatic flashback — clearly, she cannot put whatever horrific event that has happened to her behind her.
Forgive me my weakness, but I don’t know why
Without you it’s hard to survive
In line 4, we are introduced to the “hero” of the song. The knight in shining armor, you, who saved Cascada from whatever horrific experience she had. We’ll find out more about what she went through soon.
‘Cause every time we touch, I get this feeling
And every time we kiss I swear I could fly
Can’t you feel my heart beat fast, I want this to last
Need you by my side
Now we’re at the most famous portion of literally any pop song in the past 30 years — the chorus. At first look, these four lines may seem romantic, but do not be fooled! We have already established that she went through a traumatic experience — what could it have been?
We are given some clues in these four lines. We know that “you”, the hero, had to make physical contact to help her in addition to some form of lip contact. This can only mean one thing. Clearly, she required cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR.
In fact, the line “Can’t you feel my heart beat fast, I want this to last”, should actually be read as “Can’t you feel my heartbeat? Fast! I want this to last!“
‘Cause every time we touch, I feel the static
And every time we kiss I reach for the sky
Can’t you hear my heart beat so I can’t let you go
Want you in my life
Cascada’s condition took a turn for the worse. CPR wasn’t enough to save her, so you did the next logical step: you brought out the defibrillator. Between mouth-to-mouth, chest compressions and defibrillator, the outlook seems pretty grim.
Your arms are my castle, your heart is my sky
They wipe away tears that I cry
The good and the bad times we’ve been through them all
You make me rise when I fall
So this is where everything is revealed, literally the last line of the song (not including the chorus). The line “You make me rise when I fall” is implying that she had actually visited Hell when she had been dead. The fact that “you” brought her back is her ascension out of the pits hell.
This also goes to explain why she still has episodes and flashbacks to this event. Dying and going to Hell probably is going to require a few therapy sessions.
So next time you hear a catchy pop song, stop and think to yourself: “Is this a summer tune? Or is this a plea that snuck through the seven circles of hell?”
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