Obsessions artwork
Released February 14, 2009
Length 3:38
Label Neon Gold
Format Digital download, "7, CD (with album)
Producer Liam Howe
Marina and the Diamonds chronology
The Family Jewels track listing
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"Obsessions" is a single by Marina and the Diamonds on her first studio album, The Family Jewels.

Background and meaningEdit

Diamandis talked about the meaning of Obsessions saying: "Sonically it's very bare and exposed, it was my first single, it's about a relationship, but as with other songs it's about two or three different stories and things, everyone does have obsessions, that's why I think people would relate to this song very early on." [1] She also said "Because I am not over-sensitive I don’t write and gush about love, as a lot of songwriters do, but this one does touch on it, about seeing someone for what they are.”


Sunday, wake up, give me a cigarette
Last night's love affair is looking vulnerable in my bed
Silk sheet, blue dawn
Colgate, tongue warm

[Pre-Chorus 1]
Won't you quit your crying?
I can't sleep
One minute I'm a little sweetheart
And next minute you are an absolute creep

[Chorus 1]
We've got obsessions
I want to wipe out all the sad ideas that come to me when I am holding you
We've got obsessions
All you ever think about are sick ideas involving me, involving you

[Verse 2]
Supermarket, oh, what packet of crackers to pick?
They're all the same, one brand, one name-
But really they're not
Look, look, just choose something quick
People are staring, time to go quick and
Skin is on fire, just choose something, something, something!
Pressure overwhelming
Next minute, I am turning out of the door
Facing one week without food
A day, a day, when things, things are pretty bad
But don't let it make you feel sad
The crackers were probably bad luck anyway

[Pre-Chorus 2]
Can't let your cold heart be free
When you act like you've got an OCD

[Chorus 2]
We've got obsessions
I want to erase every nasty thought that bugs me every day of every week
We've got obsessions
You never told me what it was that made you strong and what it was that made you weak

Ah, a-ha
Ah, a-ha
Ah, a-ha, a-ha
Ah, a-ha, ah
Ah, a-ha...

[Chorus 2]

(We've got obsessions)
That made you weak, made you weak
Made you weak
(We've got obsessions)
Made you weak, made you weak, made you...

Sunday, wake up, give me a cigarette
Last night's love affair is looking vulnerable again


Music Video Information


Premiere February 16, 2008
Filmed TBA
Director Tim Brown
Producer TBA
Production co TBA
Exec. producer TBA
Editor TBA
Choreographer TBA
Length 3:30

The video is directed by Tim Brown and was shot over a few days in November 2008. The video finds Marina meticulously constructing a large metal structure, slowly building towards a climactic reveal in the clip's finale.

It was released onto YouTube on 25 December 2008.


  1. Marina & the Diamonds - Huw Stephans The Family Jewels Interview

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