To me, this is one of the sweetest ways to ask for sex. Let me count the ways….
The phrase ‘a little warm death’ is inspired by the French idiom ‘la petite mort’ which is a metaphor for orgasm. Inserting ‘warm’ between ‘little’ and ‘death’ makes it so inviting, desirable, otherworldly. Wilson’s lyrics build on this feeling:
Come on and relax with me/let me take away your physicality
I can hardly wait to feel you moving through my world, through my world
In a culture that conflates sexual intimacy with crassness & immediate gratification, I feel the anticipation and beauty of climax is restored with Wilson’s beautiful imagery and melody.
I like Rickie Lee‘s version but this version breaks my heart. It’s the way Reeves phrases ‘galaxy’ that punches me in the gut. ‘I free you in my dreams’ is all I want to do to you. That’s what I want now even if I hate the idea of it.