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"Using You" is a song by Mars Argo. It was featured as the fourth/second track on their second EP, Linden Place, and was released as a single on December 21, 2014.[1]

Background

The song was written by Mars Argo and Titanic Sinclair in late 2010. It interpolates the opening line to Weezer's hit song "Buddy Holly", making a love song with references to dissociative identity disorder. The song was first teased in the Computer Show episode, "Do You Ever Feel Empty?", in the form of an instrumental snippet playing throughout.

An acoustic version was posted to YouTube on May 26, 2011, and was included on a 2012 rerelease of the Internet Sessions EP.[2]

The song was rerecorded in 2012 with rearranged verses and much more polished production by Johnny K. This version of the track was intended for the band's second studio album, and scheduled for a March 2013 single release date, as teased in an interview with Noisey for "Runaway Runaway".[3] This release date was scrapped, but the song saw an eventual release as the band's final single together on December 21, 2014.

Lyrics

Original version

What's with these homies who be dissin' my boy?
Do they know I'm aggravated with the negativity and the noise?
They tell me "find a wealthy man," but they don't seem too happy

Am I naïve to think that he could be the love of my life?
There is a voice inside my head that's tellin' me that it's right
I never thought I'd tell him how scared I am of losing him

You're the only one who's making me come
To my sinful senses
I'll never love anyone the same
I'll never feel ashamed of using you for pleasure

I was afraid to put myself on the line for a boy
Until he put me in my place and showed me how to enjoy myself
I think I need your help, I think she's coming back

I love you and I hate you and I'm losing my mind
And you tell me all the time that this will pass and that I'm gonna be fine
We're such a mess together, you make me lose my temper

You're the only one who's making me come
To my sinful senses
I'll never love anyone the same
I'll never feel ashamed of using you for pleasure

Someday we'll both be older
I wonder if we'll be together looking back on the past
But I don't care if I don't live to see another day
I love you in the worst way
You're the only one who's making me come
To my sinful senses
I'll never love anyone the same
I'll never feel ashamed of using you for pleasure

You're the only one who's making me come
To my sinful senses
I'll never love anyone the same
I'll never feel ashamed of using you for pleasure
You're the only one who's making me come
To my sinful senses
I'll never love anyone the same
I'll never feel ashamed of using you for pleasure
Of using you for pleasure
Of using you for pleasure


Johnny K remix

What's with these homies who be dissin' my boy?
Do they know I'm aggravated with the negativity and the noise?
They tell me "find a wealthy man," but they don't seem too happy

I was afraid to put myself on the line for a boy
Until he put me in my place and showed me how to enjoy myself
I think I need your help, I think she's coming back

You're the only one who's making me come
To my sinful senses
I'll never love anyone the same
I'll never feel ashamed of using you for pleasure

Am I naïve to think that he could be the love of my life?
There is a voice inside my head that's tellin' me that it's right
I never thought I'd tell him how scared I am of losing him

You're the only one who's making me come
To my sinful senses
I'll never love anyone the same
I'll never feel ashamed of using you for pleasure

Someday we'll both be older
I wonder if we'll be together looking back on the past
But I don't care if I don't live to see another day
I love you in the worst way

I love you and I hate you and I'm losing my mind
And you tell me all the time that this will pass and that I'm gonna be fine
We're such a mess together, you make me lose my temper

You're the only one who's making me come
To my sinful senses
I'll never love anyone the same
I'll never feel ashamed of using you for pleasure
Of using you for pleasure
Of using you for pleasure


Cross-references

  • The idea of marrying a man for his money ("find a wealthy man") also comes up in the song "A-Okay".
  • Some lyrics negatively discuss Mars hearing voices in her head. This is also mentioned in "Nothing Without You".

Music video

The official music video for the song was released by Digital Twigs on January 14, 2014,[4] and reposted by Mars a year later on January 13, 2015.[5] It was directed by Ryan Wehner and produced by Jennifer Lollie.

The video takes place ten years into the future, on October 28, 2023, and seems to depict testing on technology known as the Syntrolux Express, meant to provoke and record the emotional responses by average people listening to live music played by singers and bands. This is achieved with a unique sound system directed into a room the test subject is locked alone inside of. Mars Argo's test subject, portrayed by Shonnie Solomon, becomes increasingly violent during testing to the song "Using You" and, in an attempt to calm him, the lab technician, portrayed by Mina Joo, has a similar uncontrollable shift in behavior listening to the music after accidentally falling over and losing her protective headphones.

The blue dress Mars wears in the video was later given to her close friend, Sideara St. Claire, who has since been photographed wearing the dress on multiple occasions, mainly on Instagram.

Promotional stills by Ryan Wehner

Behind the scenes images

References

  1. "Using You - Single by Mars Argo". iTunes. December 21, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  2. "Internet Sessions | Mars Argo". August 18, 2010. Archived from the original on February 20, 2012. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  3. Samavai, Shriya (February 14, 2013). "Mars Argo are Done Being Cool - Watch Their New Music Video for "Runaway, Runaway"". Noisey. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  4. "Using You". Vimeo. January 14, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  5. "Mars Argo - Using You (Official)". YouTube. January 13, 2015. Retrieved May 21, 2018.