What does “Setting Fires” by The Chainsmokers ft. Xylo mean?

What is the deeper meaning behind “Setting Fires” by The Chainsmokers and ft. Xylo? I’ve got you covered. In this video, I explain what’s happening in the lyrics and what you need to know to be able to talk about this song intelligently. “Setting Fires” has a slightly deeper meaning than most pop songs, and it’ll be worth your time to find out what that is. As a quick hint, it’s about how we interact with other people and sometimes help them out at our own expense to an unhealthy level. Enjoy!

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Clifford Stumme

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  • Jonas Skygate

    Hello, interesting explanation of this song actually. I kind of had the same feelings about the lyrics as I actually did a cover of it : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDmXAnrO4Eo&ab_channel=JonasSkygate
    We shot that video in Monaco, France. The story does relate to your explanation and we decided to leave the relationship status between the girl and me unclear. Keep it up. Subbing you!