Claire Elise Boucher, known better as singer Grimes, is a Canadian musician, singer-songwriter, and record producer.
Although Grimes has never shied away from science fiction elements in her songs and videos, her new song “Player of Games” seems to be a not-so-subtle dig at ex Elon Musk.
The two recently went their separate ways after dating for three years. The pair shares one child together, a son named X Æ A-12.
In September, Musk revealed that his work was the primary reason behind the break-up.
“It’s mostly that my work at SpaceX and Tesla requires me to be primarily in Texas or traveling overseas and her work is primarily in LA,” he explained.
‘Player Of Games’ Lyrics Throw Serious Shade At Elon Musk
Before Musk founded SpaceX, he worked creating video games and has admitted to still playing Halo from time to time.
Grimes seems to channel that into her lyrics as she sings, “I’m in love with the greatest gamer but he’ll always love the game more than he loves me.”
She adds, “Sail away to the cold expanse of space, even love couldn’t keep you in place.”
At the beginning of the song, she sings, “Would you still love me out on Europa or will you forget? Baby, how can I compare to the adventure out there?”
At the end of the song, she seems to make peace with their split, singing, “If I loved him any less, I’d make him stay, but he has to be the best.”
Fans Can’t Get Enough Of The Lyric Video For ‘Player Of Games’
In the music video, Grimes shows off snow-white hair as she clings, naked, to a suit of armor, with a dagger hidden behind her back. The camera spins around the pair throughout the song as the lyrics and bits of binary code appear on the screen.
Fans showered the comments section with their own interpretations of the song.
“If I loved him any less I’d make him stay” that hit me so hard,” one fan wrote. “Loving someone enough to know that holding onto them means losing who they truly are, so you lose them either way. At least letting them go lets them go on.”
“Hurt an artist, and you’ll see masterpieces of what you’ve done,” one fan quoted. “Hang in there, Grimes.”
“You can really feel the sadness in this song… but I still can’t get enough of it,” said another. “The beat and the lyrics are so well written.”
“She’s naked, like, surrendering completely to this ‘man’, but the dagger hidden in her back shows us that she’s always ready and waiting for something,” one fan added. “So f—ing cool.”
Another fan wrote, “Love how this answers pretty much every private question that invasive journalists have for her through art. This is a reflected, vulnerable and mature response. Well, deceptively vulnerable at least – she is naked, leaning against a huge iron knight – but with a hidden dagger, she is not done, she is not helpless on her own, she will come out on top.”