Analysis: “I can’t write one song about you” by Shawn Mendes

This is actually one of the less creepy love songs currently playing on the radio. Sean’s voice has a really nice vocal tone and I think he sounds adorable. I’d be really worry if someone legitimately thought they had nothing without someone else, but from the lyrics and the overall tone of the song I am picking up that this is more for emphasis. Let us begin…

I can’t write one song that’s not about you
Can’t drink without thinkin’ about you
Is it too late to tell you that
Everything means nothing if I can’t have you?

Definitely been though a break up where my thoughts gravitate towards the person I am no longer seeing. Nothing too creepy here, it’s just really dramatic – but hey, love can be that way!

I’m in Toronto and I got this view
But I might as well be in a hotel room, yeah
It doesn’t matter ’cause I’m so consumed
Spending all my nights reading texts from you

Here we go. Jumping right into the unhealthy behaviors. Obsessing over texts from another person is really unhealthy behavior. Behavior like this is causing more damage than good. Obsessing will not make the person call or text you. It will just make you more anxious and upset. Go for a walk yo! Find some hobbies. Read a book about codependency.

Oh, I’m good at keepin’ my distance
I know that you’re the feelin’ I’m missing
You know that I hate to admit it
But everything means nothin’ if I can’t have you

Again, just super dramatic and I hope written for emphasis. If you feel that there is no meaning without a person then it is best you admit it to yourself and also to someone who can offer you help.

I can’t write one song that’s not about you
Can’t drink without thinkin’ about you
Is it too late to tell you that
Everything means nothing if I can’t have you?
I can’t write one song that’s not about you
Can’t drink without thinkin’ about you
Is it too late to tell you that
Everything means nothing if I can’t have you?

Wow, the repetition.

I’m so sorry that my timing’s off
But I can’t move on if we’re still gonna talk
Is it wrong for me to not want half?
I want all of you, all the strings attached

Timing is a bitch!

What is this? He is setting up boundaries (squeeee!) I am SO proud! To answer the question, no, it is not wrong. Sometimes people cannot offer us what we are looking for, like a relationship and that is OK. We can move on. Think of abundance. Think positively that you will find someone who will offer you all that you are looking for. Ugh, the last line here sounds a little creepy and possessive. Gonna let that one go.

Holy wowza! The rest of the song is essentially repetition and wow. Yeah, I’m out.

Oh, I’m good at keepin’ my distance
I know that you’re the feelin’ I’m missing
You know that I hate to admit it
But everything means nothin’ if I can’t have you

I can’t write one song that’s not about you
Can’t drink without thinkin’ about you
Is it too late to tell you that
Everything means nothing if I can’t have you?
I can’t write one song that’s not about you
Can’t drink without thinkin’ about you
Is it too late to tell you that
Everything means nothing if I can’t have you?

I’m trying to move on
Forget you, but I hold on
Everything means nothing
Everything means nothing, babe
I’m trying to move on
Forget you, but I hold on
Everything means nothing if I can’t have you, no

I can’t write one song that’s not about you
Can’t drink without thinkin’ about you
Is it too late to tell you that
Everything means nothing if I can’t have you?
I can’t write one song that’s not about you
Can’t drink without thinkin’ about you
Is it too late to tell you that
Everything means nothing if I can’t have you?

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