“There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” by Shawn Mendes

In “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”, Shawn Mendes appears to be head over heels in love with a lady who is manipulative, yet he is willing to do all she wants.

The singer sheepishly does her every bidding, even if it is at his own detriment. He admits that he wants her to control and lead the way because he loves her. It appears they might not yet be dating seriously, but she gives him enough intimacy for him to feel she might be interested. This makes him want to confess his feelings to her, though it is a scary thing for him to do and also because he’s unsure if she feels the same way about him.

Shawn clearly explains that this lady has so much control over his decisions that she even takes him to places that are a potential damage for his reputation. Despite his awareness of her manipulative tendency, the singer says nothing is holding him back because all he cares about is to be with her. In fact, he feels that things will be perfect whenever they are together, even if there’s some sort of danger around.

Are the lyrics of “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” autobiographical?

Mendes explained the inspiration behind the song in a Q&A session with a bunch of fans. According to him, the girl he sings about was from a movie script he was possibly going to act out. He further stated that the girl in the song is not a real person but a character in the movie, which ‘his character’ fell in love with.

Lyrics of "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back"

Writing Credits for “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”

Shawn co-wrote “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” with three fellow songwriters. They are: Scott Harris, Geoff Warburton and Teddy Geiger. The latter also co-produced the song with fellow producer Andrew Maury.

It should be noted that Geiger has collaborated with Shawn on several of his major hits. Some of them include “Lost in Japan“, “Stitches” and “In My Blood“.

Release Date

April 20th, 2017 was the date this song was globally released as the third single from Shawn’s second studio album (Illuminate).

Chart Success

This single proved to be a real success for Shawn Mendes. It reached number 1 in several countries. In the United Kingdom, it made it to number 4. And on America’s Billboard Hot 100, it reached the impressive position of number 6.

Who sings the background in “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”?

The tune’s backing vocals are sung by its co-writer and co-producer, Teddy Geiger.

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