Take heart, those of you who are already fed up with something or someone this year. Selena Gomez’s “It Ain’t Me” is the breakup anthem for 2017 that you didn’t know you needed. Forget for the moment about Selena being romantically linked with the Weeknd, or her on again, off again, it’s complicated status with The Bieber. Forget about her recent stay in rehab or the rumors about her troubled relationship with Tay-Tay and the ultimate Girl Squad. Focus instead on the music. Focus on this new track. Selena Gomez’s “It Ain’t Me,” produced by Kygo, is what you need to dance your way out of that tired relationship you’re currently mired in.
Just take a listen to the song and reflect on some of the lyrics that Selena lays down.
“Who’s gonna walk you through the dark side of the morning?
Who’s gonna rock you when the sun won’t let you sleep?
Who’s waking up to drive you home when you’re drunk and all alone?
Who’s gonna walk you through the dark side of the morning?
It ain’t me”
The song’s relatively upbeat tempo hides a much more serious message, charting the progression of a relationship between two people that goes sour as they each grow apart. And who hasn’t felt that way; who hasn’t felt the urge to say to someone the classic line, “Look, it’s not you, it’s me”? This song is literally about that type of situation. In Selena Gomez’s “It Ain’t Me,” she is speaking from the point of view of someone who doesn’t want to follow someone else down a road she sees as destructive or pointless. Sure, there are good times to remember, but she’s out. Because face it, like the song says, “it ain’t me.”
“I’ll take with me the polaroids and the memories
But you know I’m gonna leave behind the worst of us”
It has been speculated that this song is about Justin Bieber because of how well it parallels the entire Jelena saga. If that’s true, then it joins the litany of other songs that Selena has helped pen or sung about the two of them. It’s also interesting to see how the breakup songs about Bieber have changed in the five years since the first.
That First Breakup
Who can forget the first time the two of them broke up back in 2012, which fueled Selena Gomez’s 2013 hit, “Love Will Remember”?