This song created one of those magical/surreal “Grace moments” for me.

What do I mean by a “Grace moment”?

It’s when Grace, out of the blue, does something extraordinary, even for her, (like her acceptance speech at the Billboard Women in Music Awards late last year that felt like it was straight out of a movie it was so perfect in every way), or performs an already perfect song flawlessly (like “Darkness Keeps Chasing Me” on the rooftop of Sony Music headquarters in Manhattan with the Empire State Building forming a sliver of the backdrop), or performs a cover song and completely takes permanent ownership of it (“The A-Team” by Ed Sheeran), or introduces a brand new original song (pretty much the entirety of the the first performance at the Austin City Limits Music Festival last October).

Those are the moments I’m talking about; when you can’t believe what you’re seeing, and hearing, moments so utterly perfect and transcendent beyond your wildest expectations that you are left in a state of shock. The completely unexpected preview of “Burned” at the Valley Hospital benefit concert is one of those moments.

As I said, no one knew it was coming, and Grace was obviously very nervous performing it as she wrung her hands on her lap throughout the entire performance, probably nervous that her fans might not receive it well as it was such a radical departure from anything else she’d previously released. She needn’t have worried, because the praise of the song from her fans was unanimous; it was brilliant.

Burned is a song that was co-written by Grammy-nominated songwriter Sean Douglas who also co-wrote songs like Demi Lovato’s huge hits “Sorry, not Sorry” and “Heart Attack”. We, at the VanderVault, have been fairly accused of giving perhaps too much credit to Grace on some of the songs on her album that have credited co-writers; specifically citing “Clearly” as an example because Grace recently explained that her lyrical contribution to that song was confined to the the bridge. It should be noted, however, that the bridge of “Clearly” is by leagues the deepest and most original part of that song, and further that the song was brought to Grace and wasn’t a “from the ground up” construction as are the other songs on Grace’s album. Long story short, our policy will not change. Until proven otherwise, Grace wrote the lion’s share of the lyrics on these songs as far as we are concerned and will still get the majority of credit for them.

A month or so after debuting Grace performed this song a second time at the Shops of Nanuet free concert, where she announced that she wrote the song about “conspiracy theories”; which could mean, literally, anything. The song may be referring to the conspiracy theory promoted by a select few crazies on the Internet that Grace is a transgender Illuminati robot hybrid, or it could refer to someone “falling down the rabbit hole” into believing everything is a conspiracy until they lose themselves to paranoia (as is the case with Grace’s accusers), or it could be about someone actually finding proof that their conspiracy theory is real and now they find themselves in danger. It could also be about fans theorizing why so little was known about Jakob, while Olivia was omnipresent in Grace’s public life, or it could be about something deeper still (my take which I will get to… eventually). Who knows? As usual, Grace’s “explanations” of her songs make them even more open to interpretation than before she addressed them in the first place.

Here are the lyrics to ponder before joining me for tomorrow’s full breakdown of the song…

“You tell me that I’m crazy
Doing this alone
You don’t need to save me
Oh how I have grown

I am capable of everything you can’t see
But now I want to change

Just blow out the candles
Oh little boy when will you learn
You don’t play with fire, unless you want to get burned
Want to get burned
Just blow out the candles
Oh how the tables they have turned
You don’t play with fire, unless you want to get burned
You want to get burned
(Want to get burned Want to Want to get burned)

Some things just sound crazy
Things you’ll never know
But there’s always that word maybe
That keeps stringing you along

Mmm Cause I am capable of everything you can’t see
But now I want to change

Just blow out the candles
Oh little boy when will you learn
You don’t play with fire, unless you want to get burned
Want to get burned
Blow out the candles
Oh how the tables they have turned
You don’t play with fire unless you want to get burned
Want to get burned

What is that, that I see
Floating right in front of me
Lock the doors, try to leave
But now it’s clear to me

You didn’t blow out the candles
Oh little boy you never learned
You don’t play with fire but you’re already burned
You’re already burned
Blow out the candles
Oh little boy you’ve never learned
You don’t play with fire but you’re already burned you’re already burned
Want to get burned Want to Want to get burned
Want to get burned Want to Want to get burned
Want to get burned Want to Want to get burned”

Tomorrow’s edition, Lyrical Grace: “Burned” (Part II)
[raw] will tackle the line by line analysis of the song.

To be continued…

This article was first posted on VanderVault’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XydnaaaaSnE&lc=Ugy98NdduymzG8EAOdB4AaABAg