Mokyo – “Daddy”

Mokyo – “Daddy”

Back to Mokyo’s last M/V, new recruit from H1GHR MUSIC and more precisely on one of the possible interpretation of the lyrics and the meaning behind the visual

Just a warning, this is only a personal interpretation, one of the way to analyse it!

An artist with a personal universe

Mokyo is definitely talented and intriguing, after the really touching Something dedicated to his mother (I talked about it in the last Recap’ of the week), the new artist from H1GHR MUSIC gave us a new intense work in a quite different register.

Musically speaking, this track is once again pretty hybrid, in its sonority. It can almost be compared to English independent Pop/Rock/Folk, but this aspect honestly doesn’t really matter compared to the signification behind what Mokyo produced.

It’s quite delicate not to do assumption while talking about this track since if it’s dedicated to the people suffering from domestic violence (In the description it’s indicated that “This is for people suffering from domestic violence”), the title is none other than Daddy. Even more if we take into account that Something was already on a really personal register.

In this way, if it turns out that this song is indeed a sort of catharsis for the artist, a catharsis for a harsh familial context, then we might point out the irony, the sarcastic tone, the disdain meant behind the title as Daddy is rather an affectionate term in comparison of Dad which is more neutral. Faced with a violent father, the name Daddy can be seen as a way to maintain the subterfuge of a familial farce, to do as if this violence wasn’t real by overdoing it.

And hence, the lyrics are really explicit, their senses taking an even stronger turn as you realize the reality Mokyo is truly depicting here.

A cutting Reality…

There is this common metaphor of the game, for the person who is the source of the violence, it’s a game they are leading. For them, this cruel situation can be a pleasure, but as Mokyo reminds it, like in almost the majority of the games, several people are often needed to play, and the unwillingly trapped victim would prefer to lose, to lose in order that the game takes an end.

“Your Attitude makes everything turn its back on you, A game ever so cruel I would rather lose”

But in a situation of abuse, the violence is never only physical and this is what the following lyrics seem to express:

“Saying f*ck your name, Saying you’re to blame, Saying run away, You wouldn’t make it”

This series of sentences is quite ambivalent since it can be approached through at least two perspectives.

At first one might think that the protagonist is speaking to the abuser, but with the last two verses, one can also understand that the protagonist is in fact talking to himself, or that Mokyo is directly talking to the victim for instance. In this case, the “Saying f*ck your name, Saying you’re to blame” can be seen as a self-hatred, self-hatred precisely induced by the violence.

The violence is so unbearable and unjustified that the victim comes to hate them and to feel guilty. They start to think that they are responsible for the violence, that they are the only ones at fault, almost that they deserve it.

… On a macabre background

The next part is more complex to analyze.

“They always gave a safe place to stay, They elevate, So I celebrate”

When he says “They always gave a safe place to stay, They elevate” one can think that Mokyo is talking about the parents, it’s a commonplace, and as with the “Daddy”, the “So I celebrate” can eventually be interpreted as a cynical remark from the artist.

Quite like “The society says that parents are supposed to be a safe place, so we should celebrate that, we should celebrate that since the society says that, if it says that then it must be true

Then, I must admit that I don’t really know what to think about the:

Feeling like the World’s a-dorable! A breeze of friendly wind blows

First and even more since I’m French and not fluent in English at all, I don’t know if “World” is a subject, and therefore, if it must be understood as the fact that this the world which is adorable, or if it is a genitive and in which case it would be like ‘Feeling like the adorable of the world”, but I don’t think that it’s quite making sense….

Then comes the “A breeze of friendly wind blows”, and as surprising as it may seem, it’s not impossible that this sentence can be seen as a metaphor of domestic violence.

He sings those lyrics in English, and if one can say “The wind blows”, a blow is also a punch. And it’s the emphasize above all on “friendly wind” which suggests that. It can remind of the violence of passion, a justification, the aggressor freeing themselves from the guilt. Like “If I do that to you, in fact, it’s for your wellbeing

Even more with the really explicit metaphor which follows:

“In my eyes, Like the rain, Now My Life, Is all in red”   

Except that it’s clearly blood drops that are running on Mokyo’s neck at 1.17min or 2.33min as he is singing those lyrics.

This description might also be understood as a final state of grace. By keeping on being beaten, the victim falls in a state of numbness, everything becomes soft, welcoming, like cool summer heat, but red is still the last thing the victim sees…

A consuming hate

From 1.20min, it’s quite a repetition of the same lyrics, with some nuances though which are really highlighting all the ambivalence and cruelty of the reality domestic violence can lead to.

Hate, it’s one of the feelings the victim can feel toward the aggressor. Such strong feelings of hate that they can change in a want to see the abuser finally suffer too, that they suffer or even to the point that they disappear.

“Go off and die motherf**ker, I won’t miss you, Not once in my life You were someone to cling to”

The track even concluding on a litany of “I want you die right now”, which is also represented with the shit at 3.13min, in the act of burning the picture/video of what seems to be the father.

Except that while chanting the last verse, Mokyo ends abruptly on an “I want you.”.

As if he didn’t have the time to finish his verse, that he was cut. And it’s on these same lyrics that you can see him walk with conviction in the water, a gaping hole on the torso he already had while he was leaving a cemetery at the beginning of the M/V, and then falling, headfirst, a really unequivocal aureole appearing. 

And if this M/V is indisputably rhythmed by death imagery with a cemetery, ravens, blood etc. More than death, it’s undeniable that suicide is also present.

A Sour final

First, the sheep at 1.55 and at two other times in the M/V can refer to a certain image of the sacrificial ritual. Maybe not as far as seeing in it a reference to the Genesis, to Abraham and the sacrifice of his son Isaac. However, when it comes to symbolism, the sheep is commonly used to symbolize the purity, the innocence. For the Christians for instance, it symbolizes the Christ who sacrificed himself for humankind.

And this feeling of purity is also present in the second to last act of the track, with another litany but this time of “Rise and Shine, Bright out, But I could die right now”.

The victim only asks to shine, to be fulfilled, to be free from this situation, but they are caught up by a cruel reality, a continual fear.

In this way, and it’s this time shown by the visual, it seems that the only way to finally reach the liberty would be for the victim to put themself an end to the violence, through suicide.

There is here a romantic representation of the suicide, especially from 2.29min, the shot with the wings first, then the one with the inscription “Peace”, as if death were the only way to get peace, and once again, this final sequence in which Mokyo moves with conviction, falling headfirst into the water and dying.    

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