Prom Song
Iko Lyrics


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you held the dawn back with your stare
and silenced me
a single kiss is all i ask my sweet
i need your love like i need air
so i can breathe
i promise i will send you word
that i'm ok.
when we touch down i'll see the earth
and i will say
i need your love like i need air
so i can breathe
and your face will be the thing
that gets me home
and will you wear that backless
dress and say




i need your love like i need air
so i can breathe

Overall Meaning

In the opening lines of "Prom Song" by Iko, the singer paints a vivid picture of a moment frozen in time, where the intensity of a gaze from someone special has the power to hold back the light of dawn and render them speechless. This emotional paralysis is punctuated by a desperate plea for a simple gesture of affection—a single kiss. The urgency and raw need for love are echoed in the comparison to the very act of breathing, implying that the love of the other person is as essential as air to the singer's survival. This creates a sense of vulnerability and dependency that is palpable throughout the song.


The promise to "send word that I'm okay" hints at a future separation or journey, where the singer will be physically distant from their beloved. This separation is anticipated to be temporary, as indicated by the reassurance that they will reunite upon touchdown. The image of seeing the earth from above upon arrival signifies a returning to reality, but also a sense of grounding and perspective that comes from being reunited with one's love. The repetition of the need for love as essential as air reinforces the profound depth of the connection between the singer and their beloved.


The mention of the other person's face as the guiding light that will "get me home" indicates that the love and presence of their beloved is not just a source of comfort but also a beacon of hope and direction in the singer's life. The visual imagery of the backless dress adds a layer of sensuality and nostalgia, suggesting a bittersweet longing for the past and a desire to hold onto moments of intimacy and connection. The repeated refrain of needing love to breathe serves as a reminder of the all-encompassing nature of their emotions and the central role that this love plays in their existence.


In the final lines, the singer directly addresses their beloved, imploring them to wear the backless dress and affirming once again the essential nature of their love for each other. The vulnerability and raw emotion in the lyrics are palpable, creating a sense of intimacy and longing that resonates with the listener. The intricate layering of imagery, emotion, and desire in "Prom Song" encapsulates the timeless themes of love, longing, and the profound impact of human connection, making it a poignant and deeply resonant piece of music.


Line by Line Meaning

you held the dawn back with your stare
Your intense gaze made time stand still for me, holding back the dawn.


and silenced me
Your presence left me speechless with awe.


a single kiss is all i ask my sweet
All I desire is a simple kiss from you, my dear.


i need your love like i need air
Your love is as essential to me as the air I breathe.


so I can breathe
Without your love, I feel suffocated and incomplete.


I promise I will send you word that I'm ok.
I will make sure to let you know that I am doing fine and thinking of you.


when we touch down I'll see the earth and I will say
Once we reunite, I will look at the world with a renewed perspective and express my feelings.


and your face will be the thing that gets me home
In moments of uncertainty, your presence and face will guide me back to where I belong.


and will you wear that backless dress and say
I hope you wear that stunning backless dress and tell me how you feel.


I need your love like I need air
Just like oxygen is essential for survival, your love is crucial for my well-being.


so I can breathe
Your love allows me to feel alive and breathe freely.




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