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"Choke" is a song by Poppy. It served as the third single and title track from her second extended play, "Choke". It first premiered exclusively on BBC Radio 1's Rock Show on June 16th, 2019, and was later released worldwide on June 19th, 2019.
"Choke" was officially announced in an interview with BUILD Series, with Poppy stating that it would be accompanied by a "visual". The song was released alongside an audio video in which Poppy sings the lyrics while standing motionless in front of a dark backdrop, which is the same backdrop that appears in her 2019 YouTube videos. Throughout the video, she gradually turns yellow. Various digital images appear during the song's final chorus, with the video ending on the triangular Poppy logo.
"It's along the lines of explaining that life can be suffocating, but tuning into higher frequencies can help to come to an understanding of that suffocation. There are angels and demons inside all of us and the song is an attempt at understanding that." - Poppy in an interview with Gigwise
Help, I'm drowning
There's nobody around me
I need someone to save me
Can you come and take me?
Help, I'm choking
There's liquid in my breathing
I think I'm sinking
The oxygen is leaking
The demon has seen me
He said "I'm not leaving"
The angel is watching me, knows he can't stop me
I'm guessing they're testing me
Getting the best of me
Don't know how long until they see the rest of me
They don't believe me
My heart isn't beating
They say I'm imagining, just make believing
The geometry I am seeing
Is leading me to frequencies in my chest, and they're teasing me
Now everything's clearer
I look in the mirror
And laugh at the past in the face of the fear
The angel is watching me laugh
And he stops me
To tell me that the end is here
The demon's defeated
He disappears into the smoke
All systems are go
Countdown, five, four, three, two, one