Saturday, September 24, 2011


While Sade has been coy about the inspiration for this song - describing the dancers, for instance, as representations of her emotions, I think I know what's going on in this video and in this song - it's a story about a chess game of love. 

In addition to the eight pawns, a white horse is featured and Sade is shown in many clips with a lasso, evidently an allusion to her attempting to capture the "horse."  In one brief clip she is seen in a silver outfit riding the horse, but after that second does not appear on the "horse" again.  Is the horse meant to represent "Love?" The White Horse, of course, is well known in symbolism.  The color white (of the horse) and the silver outfit Sade wears in the scenes where she is shown riding the horse or with the lasso are suggestive of the Moon.  What do you think?

Count them:  Eight pawns and One Queen...


From Wikipedia:

"Soldier of Love" is a single from the English recording group Sade. It premiered worldwide on December 8, 2009, and it was released on iTunes digitally on January 12, 2010. It is also the band's first new material in almost ten years, preceding their long awaited sixth studio album of the same name which was released worldwide on February 8, 2010. The song was #1 on the Billboard Adult R&B.[1] The song debuted at #58 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming the band's highest debut on the chart.[2] It has peaked at #52, making it the band's highest-peaking single on that chart since 1992's "No Ordinary Love". The track won the Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 53rd Grammy Awards ceremony.

Sade's official website.

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