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"Spanish Sahara" is a song composed and performed by the English indie rock band Foals, released on the album Total Life Forever in 2010, and is featured in the final episode of Life is Strange, in the "Sacrifice Chloe Ending".

Lyrics Edit

So I walked into the haze
And a million dirty waves
Now I see you lying there
Like a lie low losing air, air
Black rocks and shoreline sand
Still that summer I cannot bear
And I wipe the sand of my arms
The Spanish Sahara, the place that you'd wanna
Leave the horror here
Chorus:
Forget the horror here
Forget the horror here
Leave it all down here
It's future rust and then it's future dust 
Forget the horror here
Forget the horror here
Leave it all down here
It's future rust and then it's future dust 
Now the waves they drag you down
Carry you to broken ground
Though I find you in the sand
Wipe you clean with dirty hands
So goddamn this boiling space
The Spanish Sahara, the place that you'd wanna
Leave the horror here
Chorus
I'm the fury in your head
I'm the fury in your bed
I'm the ghost in the back of your head
'Cause I am (x3)
Chorus 
Choir of furies in your head
Choir of furies in your bed
I'm the ghost in the back of your head
'Cause I am (x3)

About Edit

Singer Yannis Philippakis explained the meaning of the song:

"It has no real relevance to the real Spanish Sahara, where none of the band members have actually been to. It's more of an imaginary place that's something that's quite nightmarish and ravaged. It's like a film cell of some desolate landscape. The whole song in a way is like getting over a trauma that you see there. But the trauma doesn't go away and it multiplies from one into a bunch of furies at the end which is to do with the Greek myth of the Furies which would haunt families and generations."[1]

Interpretation Edit

This song appears in the "Sacrifice Chloe ending" of Episode 5 after Max rewinds back in time through the Butterfly photo, and eventually finds herself on the way to Chloe's funeral.

Initially, it creates a strong feeling of emptiness and that way supports the long desperate moment in the face of having to let Chloe die, and then develops more and more dynamic throughout the scene.

The Spanish Sahara is an imaginary desolate place that's quite nightmarish and ravaged, and so depicts the emotional emptiness Max feels after all her experience and especially the loss of Chloe. Its lyrics immediately refer to the devasting moment of realization Max finds herself in, after all the effort she put into saving everybody and all the hardships she had to go through for that purpose which now doesn't mean anything anymore.[2] The whole song conveys the process of getting over a trauma that you remember over and over[3], like that Max is confronted with after everything that she went through the last 5 days (including all the death, suffering and loss she had to experience). But the trauma doesn't go away and it multiplies from one into a bunch of furies at the end.[4] It also refers to the moment Max actually realizes Chloe's dead body in the coffin in front of her.[5] The song is also primarily about depression; the persistence of trying to forget someone, in this case Chloe, but it's hard to carry on and it's stronger than her and haunts her down. [6]

Videos Edit

References Edit

  1. Guardian Music Performance
  2. "Now the waves, they drag you down, carry you to broken ground."
  3. "Spanish Sahara, the place that you'd wanna leave the horror here, forget the horror here, forget the horror here, leave it all down here"
  4. "Choir of furies in your head, choir of furies in your bed"
  5. "Now I see you lying there, like a lilo losing air."
  6. "I'm the fury in your head, I'm the fury in your bed, I'm the ghost in the back of your head, 'cause I am."

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