Lexi Jayde Wants Us to Love and Heal at Our Own Pace in "Bandages"


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Pop singer-songwriter Lexi Jayde accepts that healing takes time in her latest single, "bandages." The somber track highlights her ability to paint vivid stories about heartbreak, growth, and empowerment. 

"bandages" opens with rich bass lines, retro guitar riffs, and slowed percussion embellished with tambourine back beats. Jayde's warm vocals flood the scene, filling the air with poignant verses like, "Know I’m scared / To throw this all away / Oh, I know that it’s not fair / To love someone who’s not all there," revealing details of a traumatic breakup and the lasting pain it has inflicted. In the chorus, she expresses that she has "bandages" on her heart and isn't ready yet to "take them off" for her potential new lover. Although they say they don't "mind the scars," Jayde asserts that she isn't ready and if they "don't wanna wait that long / Then maybe I'm just not the one / I'm not the one for you."

The first song I wrote after c2c was "bandages," she shared in a heartfelt Instagram post." At that moment in time, over a year ago, it felt like the perfect representation of the stage of my life I was in. I was no longer crippled by my heartbreak, but I was undeniably terrified to fall for someone else. This feeling though wasn't a sad one, rather I felt empowered. 'bandages' is just that, it perfectly articulates the feeling of being afraid to fall in love again after a traumatic breakup but simultaneously feeling empowered and sexy. I couldn't find a song that described this stage in my life that was not sad. So I wrote one."

The post goes on to reveal that a year after writing the track, Jayde now has a new perspective and shares that "there will never be the right time to 'take off those bandages,'" but that life is about learning how to grow, move on, and live your life with the scars of your experiences. She reminds people that falling in love again isn't something to be afraid of but should be taken at their own pace, and she hopes that when we listen to this song, we can find comfort in its message and "feel nothing but empowered."

Listen to "bandages" below:

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