Oh, so women can’t dress how they want because men can’t control their sexual urges? When dogs can’t control their sexual urges, we cut off their balls.
I think I’m onto something here.
i just started listening to the neighbourhood & i don't understand what female robbery is about... do you know?
great question!! here’s my personal take on what Female Robbery means (this may get a bit long lol):
i think the video speaks a lot for this song so i’ll talk about it first. it begins with a short narration by a girl speaking french, and they show what she’s “saying” in english on the screen - so of course, the general, non-Francophone-speaking public would presume that’s what she is saying. however, i read in the comments that the actual translation on the screen is incorrect (in fact it’s the exact opposite of what she’s actually saying). she’s “saying” how she’s happy, content with life, and happy to be alive - but you can hear the sadness, worry, angst, etc in her voice as she speaks.
it goes on to show the little girl having a nightmare, listening to her parents argue, the physical abuse from her father. later it shows her father watching a football game & drinking, and then her mother knocking over his martini glass. perhaps she found out about him hitting the girl.
then we meet this mysterious woman dressed in black who basically kidnaps her. that was my first thought as to what FR is about - literally a female robbery, or kidnapping. it also shows the girls house in shambles, so maybe she put up a fight? it ends with the mystery woman burying her, but then letting her come out, and they hold hands at the end. i think the music video gives a real-life situation of an (unfortunately) common family in today’s society: it portrays abuse, thoughts of running away, dreaming of a better place. the little girl is definitely unhappy with her life at home. i think she’s actually dreaming about being kidnapped, just so she can escape from her family/problems, and she saw maybe a show where someone was kidnapped and the idea sprung into her mind. also the first line of the song is I think I found hell, but the last line you can hear jesse whispering is I think I found love so i think at the end the little girl is finally happy, because she’s away from her family and what comes with them.
the video is such a stark contrast to Sweater Weather, which is happy for the most part. Zack Sekuler/Dan Iglesias Jr. did such a great job with this.
the title of the song itself could refer to many things: a kidnapping, love taken/stolen/not given from someone, doubts about a relationship, wanting to take someone away, etc.
i think the lyrics tell us that this person found help from TV. i think it’s like a crime show like Law & Order or something (something that comes on late at night, because of the line: that TV show, I saw as I fell asleep..) but the person watches this show and see’s this person being taken away (whether to jail or just away from home) and actually wishes they could be that person too. the show had them literally on their knees praying that they could also be taken. the person also believes that their kidnappers actually planned to take her, and followed her and stuff.
from the lyrics, you may also think that her parents are the ones “kidnapping” her, or taking away the life she should be living, not the one filled with abuse and neglect. essentially, they’re “robbing” her of herself.
to be honest, i still try and wrap my head around this song, but i guess it’s one of those songs that can hold different meanings for different people. this song is one of the (many) reasons why i love this band -the fact that this intense song was their first released really set a standard for which i believe they have kept. it packs emotion and thoughts and feels and wow it’s just amazing.
hope this helped, sorry it’s so damn long. maybe you can start to develop your own thoughts about what the meaning behind FR is! :)
why is “fuck you” an insult like hell yea fuck me fuck me hard