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The Weeknd Cant Feel My Face [PORTABLE]



This seems straightforward: The Weeknd reports that there is something, namely his face, such that he cannot feel it (and that he loves that lack of feeling). Given the none-too-subtle metaphor in this song, one can only hazard a guess that he's referring to the anaesthetic effects of cocaine.




The Weeknd Cant Feel My Face



Perhaps numbness is just the lack of feeling. The Weeknd could, you'd hope, reach up and, using his hand, touch his face in order to feel it. In this sense, he would feel it in exactly the same way a blind person would in sculpting a vaguely accurate, but crudely dissimilar, portrait bust of an eighties pop singer. In this sense, he can feel his face. He must, then, be referring to another kind of feeling: the kind of feeling of one's own body in one's body rather than of something external to it.


So if darkness, the absence of light, is determined by a lack of input to that which detects light then, perhaps equivalently we should say that numbness, the lack of feeling, is determined by a lack of input to the thing which detects feeling. But that doesn't seem quite right since it must be, in some sense, the brain, which let's The Weeknd know that he can't feel his face. Perhaps, then, we should conclude that the lack of input occurs in The Weeknd's face itself. But that doesn't seem right either, because as we noted earlier, it's unclear as to what the extramental cause of numbness actually is. It's not clear that there is something equivalent to the bodily harm that we (sometimes) believe causes pain.


I can't feel my face when I'm with youBut I love it (but I love it, yeah), but I love it (but I love it), ohI can't feel my face when I'm with youBut I love it (but I love, babe), but I love it (yeah, I love it), oh


I can't feel my face when I'm with you (I can't feel my face)But I love it (but I love it, yeah), but I love it (oh, I love it, yeah), ohI can't feel my face when I'm with you (said I can't feel my face, girl)But I love it (but I love it), but I love it (girl, I love it), oh 041b061a72


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