Rallie & Coal is a rising songwriting and artist duo. Rallie was born in New York but grew up in England. Coal is a 22-year-old from Arvika who moved to Stockholm after his graduation to study music. Not too long ago, they released a heartfelt pop tune, entitled, “Cold to Me”.
Rallie & Coal – “Cold to Me” single
“I think the chorus is where I come to relate to myself the most. In the past, I’ve had a tendency to lose myself just a little when I get into a relationship. Having been single for a while now and really enjoying my own company and independence, going into a relationship is scary. I want to keep my independence and can almost feel myself get the urge to run early on if things get a little difficult. In the moment that seems easier than to fall for someone and risk getting hurt, using the need for independence as a mere excuse to fuel my actions.” – Rallie
‘Cold to Me’ explores the feelings of a relationship gone cold. Also, it relays how misunderstandings and fear of being hurt can turn into love lost. Written as a duet, the song sees both sides of a relationship and how it has turned to poison over time. Nothing fuels indifference like miscommunication.
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“‘Cold to Me’ is a cautionary tale of sorts. It tells the story of two people who ultimately ran from something that could have been real because of a fear of getting hurt. They are ‘rushing out of something untold’ as in rushing out of a story that hasn’t yet gotten the chance to blossom. In asking for a little sympathy, they both wish for the other to understand. Not knowing that they are both in the same mindset. Also, they are running from the same thing. The final line in the chorus is the metaphorical nail in the coffin. How through this miscommunication of emotions, they are constantly getting on each other’s nerves. Furthermore, they are growing colder and more indifferent toward each other.” – Rallie
The song highlights the miscommunication through mismatched messages of the first and second verses. The first, as sung by Rallie, states that she feels like the other person often makes himself out to be the hero. Also, she sees their relationship as rocky and unstable with lots of ups and downs. Therefore, she puts most of the blame on the other person while denying her own mistakes.
Likening the relationship to a seesaw seemed fitting because of the imagery. Not only does it have lows and highs, but one person is always on top and one person is left at the bottom. Have you ever tried staying at an equal level on a seesaw? It’s quite the challenge and also quite boring. The fact that our first protagonist sees the relationship as a seesaw is part of the problem. It means that they can never be equals.
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Quite the contrary to playing the hero, the second verse (sung by Coal), admits he always ends up feeling like a villain. He goes on to describe how he ends up making a mess when it comes to emotions. Also, not staying around to clean up after himself. Oftentimes, when feelings are involved, it easily becomes messy. Everyone makes mistakes because of a lack of logical thinking. Then we end up running away from those mistakes and eventually the relationship because that seems easier than to stay and make an effort.
This line of thought continues in both pre-choruses. Where both protagonists have unknowingly come to a mutual conclusion. “Running away from or swallowing their feelings and denying themselves the chance for happiness in fear of getting hurt.” You get the sense of denial when they say, “No one ever said opposites attract.” The reverse actually being a popular saying. You then feel a sense of doubt whether it is what they mean when they say, “Not that I believe we could stay intact.”
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The chorus is the call to action. “If there’s nothing else to see, I’m not overrunning away with me.” That first line sums up the feelings throughout the song. It’s essentially saying, “If we are going to give up on us, if we aren’t going to explore this any further in fear of it becoming real, then why not just run away with myself. All I need is me and it’s the safest way for me to not get hurt.” In reality, it’s the coward’s way out. Also, if you’re always running from the real, how will you ever find real happiness?
There is a difference between wanting to stay independent and being scared of relationships. Finding yourself happy in a relationship with someone is good for who does not negate the chance to be independent. But this is often confused. In fact, a relationship in which you lose yourself and cannot be independent can be likened more to an addiction.
“Cold to Me” single
‘Cold to Me’ contains a relatable narrative, ear-welcoming vocals, and tuneful melodies. Also, the likable tune possesses vibrant instrumentation scented with a commercial pop aroma. Furthermore, “Cold to Me” follows hot on the heels of Rallie & Coal’s debut single, entitled, “Prom Queen Crown (Acoustic)”.
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