t.A.T.u. face disapproval from their parents for being lesbians in the tumultuous “All the Things She Said.”
Dreamy synthesizers open the single. It then segues into the disquieted chorus. Volkova remembers the compliments Katina gave her. She wants to do more than think of Katina. She wants to be her with her.
“All the things she said/All the things she said/Running through my head/Running through my head/Running through my head/(Running through my head)/All the things she said/All the things she said/Running through my head/Running through my head/(Running through my head)/
This is not enough.”
Volkova is in trouble and she’s afraid. She turns to Katina for how to deal with coming out to her parents. Spending time with her has caused her to feel emotions she didn’t know she had. It answered many questions she had. She can’t stop thinking of Katina. She wants to be in a place where it’s just them. They will be able to live without questions or stares from other people.
“I’m in serious s***, I feel totally lost/If I’m asking for help it’s only because/Being with you has opened my eyes/Could I ever believe such a perfect surprise?/I keep asking myself, wondering how/I keep closing my eyes but I can’t block you out/Wanna fly to a place where it’s just you and me/Nobody else so we can be free/Nobody else so we can be free.”
The chorus is sung twice. “
“All the things she said/All the things she said/Running through my head…This is not enough/Ya Soshla S Uma – Ma!/This is not enough/All the things she said/
All the things she said.”
A rigid synthesizer and stodgy drum machine instrumental solo follow.
Katina says she’s confused. Her parents have forced her to disavow her lesbianism. They tell her she’s dirty and what she’s feeling is wrong. However, her love remain as strong as ever for Volkova. She wants to go to somewhere with Volkova to rid herself of the guilt she feels. She doesn’t care what strangers think of their relationship. She and Volkova are together and that’s all that matters. She tries to fake liking men and trick her mind into thinking she’s blown her feelings out of proportion. But she can’t deny that she’s a lesbian.
“And I’m all mixed up, feeling cornered and rushed/They say it’s my fault but I want her so much/Wanna fly her away where the sun and rain/Come in over my face, wash away all the shame/When they stop and stare, don’t worry me/’Cause I’m feeling for her what she’s feeling for me/
I can try to pretend, I can try to forget/But it’s driving me mad, going out of my head.”
The chorus is sung twice. “All the things she said” is repeated an unnecessary eight times.
The dreamy synthesizers return for the bridge. Katina asks her mother if she’s still her daughter. She finally agrees with her mother that it was just a phase. Volkova asks her father if she will ever be accepted and forgiven.
“Mother looking at me/Tell me what do you see?/Yes, I’ve lost my mind/Daddy looking at me/Will I ever be free?/Have I crossed the line?”
The chorus is sung twice.
The dreamy synthesizers ends the single as Katina says “all the thing she said, all the things she said, all the things she said.”
“All The Things She Said” is repetitive. The chorus goes on and on. When the loop stops, it ends on a shrill, cringeworthy note. The length of the chorus takes away from the verses and bridge. Unfortunately, the coming out of the two girls as a couple is an afterthought. They feel discrimination but it’s not described. Volkova is perplexed, but there is no hint of her history. In order for the single to work, the topic of coming out needed to be handled in a smart, accurate way.Powered by Sidelines