21 Shawn Mendes Lyrics That Reveal Some Serious Relationship Truths

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Shawn Mendes is celebrating his 21st birthday August 8th! It really should be a holiday tbh. To celebrate this milestone birthday, we here at iHeart have compiled a list of 21 Shawn song lyrics that totally drop some truth bombs about love. The singer-songwriter may only have 21 years on this earth, but he’s certainly learned a lot in the romance department. Check it out below…

1. "It's that I hate to hurt you / But I got to be honest / I can't give you what you need / You deserve more than I can promise" - "Honest"

It's a hard, hard truth to face when you realize that you're unable to give your significant other what they need in a relationship.

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2. “I'm in your room, it's just us two / I feel you getting closer / You rest your head upon my chest / Deep down I know that this should be / The last time I come over / You always leave me such a mess” - “Patience”

Ugh. Who hasn’t had that one person they just can’t resist, even though you know it’s totally wrong?

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3. “It's not that I'm afraid I'm not enough for her / It's not that I can't find the words to say / But when she's with him, she seems happier / And I don't want to take that away” - “Roses”

Another tough dilemma Shawn presents here. Do you shoot your shot knowing you and that person could have an incredible relationship, or say nothing because they look super happy now?

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4. “I wanna love you with the lights on / Keep you up all night long / Darling, I wanna see every inch of you / I get lost in the way you move” - “Lights On”

There’s no doubt that Illuminate showcased Shawn’s maturity, and this one certainly paints a gorgeously intimate moment.

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5. “Stay here and lay here right in my arms / It's only a moment, before you're gone / And I, am keeping you warm / Just act like you love me, so I can go on / And act like you love me, so I can go on” - “Act Like You Love Me”

Shawn put into words what so many of us want to say when we know our relationship’s about to end. If only you just pretend like you love me, you’ll eventually believe it, right?

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6. “If this is what it's like falling in love / Then I don't ever wanna grow up / Maybe I'm just a kid in love, maybe I’m just a kid in love” - “Kid in Love”

Baby Shawn Mendes felt all the feels, and so did we. There’s nothing like that first moment of feeling like you’re really falling for someone.

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7. “And I know you'll find someone who / Gives you the time I didn't give to you / I'm running low” - "Running Low"

Like “Honest,” Shawn gets real about his time for relationships in “Running Low” — unfortunately, we can all relate to that feeling to wanting something to work so badly but realizing we just don’t have time for it.

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8. “I know what you did last summer / Just lie to me, ‘There’s no other’ / Tell me where you’ve been” - “I Know What You Did Last Summer”

Shawn’s duet with Camila Cabello is all about confronting a cheating partner. Yikes.

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9. “Please have mercy on me / Take it easy on my heart / Even though you don't mean to hurt me / You keep tearing me apart” - “Mercy”

While Shawn has spoken about this song taking on two different meanings (one about a relationship and the other about his music), we’re going the relationship route here — and he’s begging the person to not break his heart.


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10. “‘Cause right now I wanna get lost in this moment / Keep both my eyes open / Nothing to prove, let's keep this to ourselves” - “Lost”

It can be really nice to disconnect sometimes and just be with your significant other — and “Lost” is all about concentrating on nothing else but your love.

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11. “I just got this crazy feeling / I've been making someone wait for me, for me” - “Crazy”

If this isn’t a comforting AF feeling, we don’t know what is. What’s better than knowing the love of your life is still out there, waiting for you too?

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12. “We’re going through the motions / ‘Cause we can’t fix what’s broken” - “Three Empty Words”

This lyric hits us like a punch in the gut every time. It’s that moment when you’re desperately trying to make a relationship work, even though, deep down, you both know it won’t last.

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13. “So baby be the life of the party / I'm telling you to take your shot it might be scary / Hearts are gonna break / 'Cause we don't have the time to be sorry / So baby be the life of the party” - “Life of the Party”

“Life of the Party” is essentially “YOLO!” in song form, but we’re not hatin’. He’s right: Hearts will break if they’re gonna break — but you shouldn’t miss the opportunity of putting yourself out there and telling someone you like them.

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14. “You’ve got my heart / But I can’t let you keep it, babe / ‘Cause I won’t be sure that I can stay / And don’t waste your time / Trying to pull me in / ‘Cause I’m just a mess you don’t want to fix” - “Don’t Be a Fool”

Haven’t we all been here too? One, trying to help someone that has to help themselves, and two, trying so hard to keep the relationship afloat when the other person just wants out. The feels.


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15. “I know I can treat you better than he can / And any girl like you deserves a gentleman / Tell me why are we wasting time / On all your wasted crying / When you should be with me instead / I know I can treat you better / Better than he can” - “Treat You Better”

This is the Shawn Mendes version of Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me,” and who hasn’t felt that strong desire to tell your crush that they’d be so much happier with you? 

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16. “Take a piece of my heart / And make it all your own / So when we are apart / You'll never be alone” - “Never Be Alone”

You know when you take bae’s sweatshirt you can smell like them all day? That, but with Shawn’s heart instead. Awww.

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17. “Darling I want all the strings attached / I love it when you look at me like that / And you're the only girl that brings me back / 'Cause baby I want all the strings attached” - "Strings"

YAS, SHAWN. ALL THE STRINGS. None of this “no strings, we make out when we make out” kinda BS. ALL THE STRINGS ATTACHED. 

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18. “Oh no, we don't need to over-complicate it / ‘'Cause I've been here once before don't even say it” - "No Promises"

Of course, there are also those times where you just want a FWB...

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19. “Got a feeling that I'm going under / But I know that I'll make it out alive / If I quit calling you my lover / Move on” - “Stitches”

A breakup anthem for the ages. Eff the hurt and pain, acknowledge you deserve better, and move on. SING IT, SHAWN.

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20. "I get a little bit nervous around you / Get a little bit stressed out when I think about you / Get a little excited / Baby, when I think about you, yeah" - "Nervous"

Being nervous around your crush? Relatable.

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21. "We danced for hours in the sand / Tequila Sunrise / Her body fit right in my hands, la-la-la / It felt like ooh-la-la-la, yeah" - "Señorita" feat. Camila Cabello

Nothing quite like a hot, steamy new romance!

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