Top 30 Finn and Rachel Moments
#8 // “Borderline/Open Your Heart” // The Power of Madonna
I see you on the street as you walk on by (you’re on the street, I see you as you walk on by)
When you hold me in your arms, you love me till I just can’t see
So you choose to look the other way, well I’ve got something to say
Open you heart to me, baby. I hold the lock and you hold the key.
Open your heart to me, darlin. I’ll give you love if you, you turn the key.
Everyone has their dream duet that they want their favorite characters to sing. I kid you not- the minute we heard Glee was doing a Madonna episode, I wanted Finn and Rachel to sing these two songs to each other (though at that point, I thought Finn would sing Borderline and Rachel would sing Open Your Heart). When we heard they were mashed up for a duet, I refused to entertain any other possibility other than this being a duet for the two of them because it fit them *so* well.
Borderline and Open Your Heart, lyrically and subtextually, are inverses of each other. Total opposites. Borderline is about someone begging another person to stop loving them…to set them free because their way of loving them is driving them over the edge whereas Open Your Heart is about someone who’s messed up and knows it, but is begging the person they love for one more chance…that if they open their heart up to loving them again, they’ll give them their entire heart…all the love they have.
The way Adam Anders and the producers arranged this mash up was *genius*. Rachel begins the song with a verse from Borderline and Finn responds with a verse from Open Your Heart. She’s telling him to make a move or let her go and he simply tells her to open her heart to him. It’s very much a push and pull, much like the nature of their relationship. And what I found interesting was that while both of them sing various parts of Open Your Heart, only Rachel sings the verses from Borderline (except for one part that Finn sings with her…”When you hold me in your arms, you love me till I just can’t see”). But as Rachel arranged the songs and she sings parts from both Borderline and Open Your Heart, it’s really showing us Rachel’s internal conflict. On one hand, she needs Finn to let her go so she can fully move on to Jesse but on the other, she’s not quite ready to move on from her love from Finn.
Subtext aside, what I really loved about this duet was it really showed us a fun, flirty side of Finn and Rachel. The connection they have when they sing is incredibly strong and was punctuated by the choreography. The way he stared at her when she began singing. The way she moved around him as he was drumming. The fun and carefree skipping in the hallway as she brought him into the library. The way he followed after her like a lovesick puppy. And then when they were back in reality in the choir room, the way he chased her around the piano. It was nearly primal- Finn knows what he wants…and it’s her. And it ends with them looking into each others eyes, the UST off the charts, breathing heavy and resisting the urge to kiss each other senseless and lose themselves in the other. Instead? They run off to other people to try to make themselves forget about what they’re feeling and how much they really want to be together.