This is an achingly beautiful ballad. The music has a Latin flair, a melancholy — if not downright sad — melody against a lazy, swaying samba beat. Ferry’s unique flutter of a voice is reminiscent of old-time jazz-age singers and post-war tenors. The song clearly has a 1980s aura to it, yet “Slave to Love” was not a slave to the gimmicks of the era, sounding more timeless and classic than other radio hits from the mid-’80s. The dark tone of the song reflects the inner struggle that the narrator feels, helpless and bound to passion for a woman he fears he is losing:
“You’re running with me/Don’t touch the ground/
We’re the restless hearted/Not the chained and bound/
The sky is burning/A sea of flame/
Though your world is changing/I will be the same¨.
” It’s a heartbreaking lyric that Ferry caresses with an intimate delivery.
Featured in the 1985 movie — 91/2 Weeks with Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger. It’s diffcult to comprehend that the Mickey Rourke in 91/2 Weeks and the Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler are one and the same. Also watch for it in the movie “Bitter Moon”.
Edited by MauricioVC on 28 Mar 2012, 22:54
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