Shawn Mendes’ ‘What the Hell Are We Dying For’: Lyric Breakdown

Is Shawn Mendes Surprise New Song About Reconciling With Ex Camila Cabello

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Discovering inspiration in actual life? Shawn Mendes dropped shock single “What the Hell Are We Dying For?” on Friday, June 9, and followers rapidly began dissecting the lyrics — and its potential connection to his ex Camila Cabello.

“‘WHAT THE HELL ARE WE DYING FOR ?’ OUT NOW. Began scripting this music yesterday morning with my associates in upstate New York & completed it just a few hours in the past,” the “Stitches” crooner, 24, wrote through Instagram early on Friday. “Felt necessary to me to share with you guys in actual time ♥️♥️.”

Mendes teased the discharge of the observe a number of hours earlier on Thursday, June 8, importing an Instagram picture of the Manhattan skyline cloaked in smoke amid the Canadian wildfires. (New York Metropolis and plenty of East Coast cities have been underneath an air high quality warning since Tuesday, June 6, because of the forest fires blowing smoke in its path. The air, which has made it troublesome for residents to breathe, has smelled like a burning campfire and makes the sky look orange.)

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The Lyle Lyle Crocodile voice actor, who hails from Canada, additionally urged his followers on Friday to donate to the Canadian Crimson Cross and their efforts to supply assist on the frontlines. “What the Hell Are We Dying For?” additionally options lyrics that instantly seek advice from the wildfires and smoke seen throughout NYC, in addition to potential allusions to rekindling a relationship.

“I wanna converse, however I don’t make a sound / Locked in my thoughts, you’re all I take into consideration,” he sings. “I wanna save us however I don’t understand how / If we don’t love like we used to / If we don’t care like we used to / What the hell are we dying for? … In case you’re not mine and I’m not yours / What the hell are we dying for?”

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Mendes provides in one other verse: “Residing with out you / Will not be dwelling in any respect / So what the hell are we dying for?”

Whereas the “Mercy” artist has not disclosed all of his musical inspirations, his followers instantly thought he might be referring to Cabello, 26.

“He’s so unserious for framing this like a local weather change name to motion music and it’s actually nearly Camila Cabello,” one social media consumer wrote through Twitter on Friday.

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One other posited: “So that you’re gonna use a local weather disaster to launch a breakup music about Camila Cabello… ikyfl.”

Mendes and the Cinderella actress dated for 2 years earlier than calling it quits in November 2021, in the end reconnecting earlier this 12 months. They had been noticed packing on the PDA at Coachella in April however declined to remark additional on their relationship standing on the time. They then continued to step out side-by-side in NYC and at Taylor Swift’s Eras Excursions live performance throughout the river in New Jersey in Could.

“They’ve virtually moved in with one another,” a supply solely instructed Us Weekly earlier this month. “They every have their very own locations, however they’re spending every single day they’ll collectively and touring collectively.”

The insider famous that the “Señorita” singers’ emotions for each other got here “flooding again” after they began hanging out once more. “They don’t like leaving one another’s sides,” the supply added to Us, explaining that it nonetheless “appears like a brand new relationship.”