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I'm a Ruin single artwork
Marina and the Diamonds
Froot
Released Febraury 2, 2015
Format Digital download, CD (with album), vinyl (with album)
Genre Indie Pop
Length 4:32 (album version)
3:33 (single edit)
Label Atlantic Records
Warner/Chappell
Writer Marina Diamandis
Producer David Kosten
Single information
Single release February 2, 2015
Video release February 5, 2015
←Last single
"Immortal"
Next single→
"Forget"
Froot track listing
"I'm a Ruin" is track number 3.
Previous track
"Froot"
Next track
"Blue"

"I'm a Ruin" is a song by Marina and the Diamonds off of her third studio album, Froot. A 10-second snippet of the track was released via Marina's Instagram account on January 14, 2015. The full track premiered on Huw Stephens Radio 1 show, January 27, 2015, and the single is set to go on sale February 2, 2015. The track leaked early due to a record store posting the song in full on their website on January 23, 2015. During the premiere, Marina revealed that "I'm a Ruin" is the first official single from Froot. The song was the fourth Froot of the Month, and the Froot was a cherry.

Background and compositionEdit

Diamandis explained that the song is about dealing with guilt after hurting a lover, a topic she believes "isn't talked about often."[1]

Music Video Edit

Dance rehearsals for the video took place at Pineapple Studios on January 14, 2015, a few days later on January 17, 2015 it was revealed that Marina was abroad on location to film the video for the track with director Natalie Arnett. The music video premiered on February 3, 2015 on Noisey's YouTube channel[2] and uploaded on Marina's channel two days later. An acoustic band video of the song premiered on Elle[3] on February 20, 2015.

As of August 2016, the official video has 3,967,943 views and the acoustic video has 624,358 views.

Music Video Information
Marina And The Diamonds - "I'm a Ruin" (Official Video)04:00

Marina And The Diamonds - "I'm a Ruin" (Official Video)

Premiere February 3, 2015
Filmed January 17, 2015
Director Markus Lundqvist
Producer Tom Birmingham
Production co Knucklehead
Exec. producer Mary Calderwood
Editor Julia Knight
Choreographer Aaron Sillis
Length 3:59
Source

Post-productionEdit

  • Grade: The Mill
  • Producer: Dan Kreeger, Dan Butler
  • Colourist: Matt Osborne
Music Video Information
MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS "I'M A RUIN" ACOUSTIC BAND VIDEO04:51

MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS "I'M A RUIN" ACOUSTIC BAND VIDEO

Premiere February 20, 2015
Filmed TBA
Director Paul Caslin
Producer TBA
Production co TBA
Exec. producer TBA
Editor TBA
Choreographer TBA
Length 4:50
Source


LyricsEdit

There are two versions. The album version, and the single version (see second scroll box)
  Verse 1.  

I know that I can’t have it all
But without you I am afraid I’ll fall
I know I’m playing with your heart
And I could treat you better but I’m not that smart

When it comes to love, you’re an easy fight
A flower in a gun, a bird in flight
It isn’t fair and it isn’t right
To lead you on like it’s all alright

  Pre-chorus.  

I played with your heart
And I could treat you better but I’m not that smart
You still mean everything to me
But I want to be free

  Chorus.  

I’ll ruin, yeah I’ll ruin you
I’ve been doing things I shouldn’t do
Yeah, uh huh, ooh, I’m a ruin
Yeah, uh huh, ooh, I’m a ruin

  Verse 2.  

It’s difficult to move on when nothing was right and nothing’s wrong
You still can’t look me in the eye
Cause you’ve been bitten once and now you’re twice as shy

I’ve had my share of beautiful men
But I’m still young and I want to love again
It’s difficult to say goodbye
And easier to live a lover’s lie

  Pre-chorus.  

And I’ve tried to say
Babe, I’m gonna ruin you if you let me stay
You still mean everything to me, to me
But I wanna be free

  Chorus.  

I’ll ruin, yeah I’ll ruin you
I’ve been doing things I shouldn’t do
Yeah, uh huh, ooh, I’m a ruin
Yeah, uh huh, ooh, I’m a ruin

  Middle eight.  

It doesn’t feel right and it doesn’t feel fair
When I’m planning to move on and you’re still standing there
Don’t wanna keep a secret but I don’t know how to keep it fair, yeah

  Chorus.  

I’ll ruin, yeah I’ll ruin you
I’ve been doing things I shouldn’t do
But I don’t wanna say goodbye
But baby I don’t wanna lie
To lie, to lie to you
I’m a ruin

  Outro.  

Yeah, Uh huh, Ooh, I’m a Ruin
Yeah, Uh huh, Ooh, I’m a Ruin

  Verse 1.  

I know that I can’t have it all
But without you I am afraid I’ll fall
I know I’m playing with your heart
And I could treat you better but I’m not that smart

When it comes to love, you’re an easy fight
A flower in a gun, a bird in flight
It isn’t fair and it isn’t right
To lead you on like it’s all alright

  Pre-chorus.  

I played with your heart
And I could treat you better but I’m not that smart
You still mean everything to me
But I want to be free

  Chorus.  

I’ll ruin, yeah I’ll ruin you
I’ve been doing things I shouldn’t do
Yeah, uh huh, ooh, I’m a ruin
Yeah, uh huh, ooh, I’m a ruin

  Verse 2.  

It’s difficult to move on when nothing was right and nothing’s wrong
You still can’t look me in the eye
Cause you’ve been bitten once and now you’re twice as shy

  Pre-chorus.  

And I’ve tried to say
Babe, I’m gonna ruin you if you let me stay
You still mean everything to me, to me
But I wanna be free

  Chorus.  

I’ll ruin, yeah I’ll ruin you
I’ve been doing things I shouldn’t do
Yeah, uh huh, ooh, I’m a ruin
Yeah, uh huh, ooh, I’m a ruin

  Middle eight.  

It doesn’t feel right and it doesn’t feel fair
When I’m planning to move on and you’re still standing there
Don’t wanna keep a secret but I don’t know how to keep it fair, yeah

  Chorus.  

I’ll ruin, yeah I’ll ruin you
I’ve been doing things I shouldn’t do
Yeah, Uh huh, Ooh, I’m a Ruin
Yeah, Uh huh, Ooh, I’m a Ruin

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Track by track of Froot - Marina And The Diamonds." YouTube. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDVC_pFMBMM
  3. Zemler, Emily. "Exclusive: Marina and the Diamonds Premiere Acoustic Video for 'I'm a Ruin'." 20 February 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2015.

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