“It Ain’t Me” by Kygo and Selena Gomez
In the song, Selena sings about the negative habits of her former lover that harmed the relationship and led to its demise. Her lover’s excessive drinking and partying got her so frustrated she was forced to end her relationship.
So basically, the song is about a nostalgic look at a relationship that came to an end as a result of too much partying and abuse of alcohol. Speaking about the song, Tamposi said that it is about a woman having the ability to get out of a toxic relationship amidst society’s pressure that she stay with her lover.
An In-Depth Explanation of the Lyrics
It’s easy to ascertain that this is a breakup song, one whereas the vocalist has grown weary of the addressee’s ways, which are unconducive to their romance. But the underlying sentiment seems to be one of love nonetheless.
That is not to say that Selena is still smitten with this person, as she obviously isn’t. For example, the vocalist is apparently looking forward to leaving “the worst of” their relationship behind now that she has decided to bounce.
But at the same time, she also intends to retain “the Polaroids and the memories” of the good times they shared together. Moreover, while dumping the addressee, the vocalist concurrently expresses concern in terms of who’s going to take care of him henceforth.
In other words, what’s being implied is that he’s irresponsible, dangerously even, when it comes to drinking. And beyond that, let’s say that the addressee needs his own personal significant other just as any man does. But Selena appears to be implying a conviction that he’s not going to be able to find someone who was as willing to tolerate his mannerisms as she was.
And the fact that she’s actually concerned in that regard shows that the vocalist is not leaving this relationship bitter or relishing the possibility of her ex suffering in the future.
But in any event, as stated earlier, Gomez has now reached her breaking point. So her conclusive message to the addressee is along the lines of acknowledging that he does need a partner who’s also a dedicated caretaker alright, but “it ain’t” going to be her any longer.
Facts about “It Ain’t Me”
“It Ain’t Me” was written by the following songwriters/producers/artists:
- Selena Gomez
- DJ Kygo
- Ali Tamposi
- Andrew Watt
- Brian Lee
Upon the release of the song, many thought it was inspired by Selena’s relationship with her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber. But the truth of the matter is that the song isn’t about Bieber. That part of the lyrics where Selena talks about being “seventeen” totally debunk the rumors as she was 18 years old when she began her relationship with Bieber.
“It Aint Me” was released by Sony and Ultra on 17th February, 2017 as the first single from Kygo’s second studio album titled Flashing Lights.
The song debuted at number 1 in Kygo’s home country Norway and at number 10 and 7 in the US Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles respectively.
The song gave Kygo his second top 10 single in the UK and Gomez her third.