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Conan Gray - Crush Culture

Crush culture

[Verse 1]
My God don't look at your phone
No one's gonna call you
Quit checking your volume (Crush)
I don't care if I'm forever alone
I'm not falling for you
'Cause this baby is loveproof (Culture)

I don't care what you're saying
I don't wanna participate in your game of manipulation (Crush)
And no I don't want your sympathy, all this love is suffocating
Just let me be sad and lonely

Crush culture makes me wanna spill my guts out
I know what you're doing, tryna get me to pursue ya
Crush culture makes me wanna spill my guts out
Spill my guts out, spill my guts out

[Verse 2]
Oh no, don't look in their eyes
'Cause that's how they get you
Kiss you then forget you (Crush)
All they feedin' you is beautiful lies
So hide in the bathroom
'Til they find someone else new (Culture)

Released on October 26, 2018 as the second single from his debut EP "Sunset Season", “Crush Culture” portrays the dissonance Conan feels towards the culture of modern crushes, and addresses the delusions and dishonesty of adolescent romantic pining. The teaser for “Crush Culture” was first released on October 24, 2018. When asked about the inspiration for the song during a Sidewalk Talk interview with Lauren Engel, Conan shared: "I’ve never dated anyone before. I’m like nineteen and I still haven’t even had my first kiss yet. But like, throughout high school all my friends were always dating people and going through a lot of boyfriends and girlfriends and things like that so I was always super bitter about it, you know, I’d see them and I was like “Ugh, disgusting, ya’ll are so in love” and I didn’t have it at all. I think "Crush Culture" came out of this spot of bitterness. I think everyone’s who’s single kinda looks at people who are in love and you kinda wanna be happy for them but you’re more just kinda like “God, like ya’ll are so disgustingly in love. I wanna be you but I can’t so I’m just gonna beat you up, you know.” "I grew up around a lot of old people and so the thing about old people is that they just like, they don’t give a fuck, like they don’t care, you know? They’ll tell you exactly what they think about you and so growing up me and my friends always kinda heard the same things from them like: oh, you’re generation’s so worthless, like, you don’t know how to work for what you have, and you guys are all depressed, and it’s, like, a little bit true but also you know, not completely. Our generation works really hard and so, I think Gen Why and Crush Culture are both songs that I wrote from the point of view of someone who lives in a small town. And I think all small town kids, and I think most people my age, you know, 19, like, we all kind of feel the same things about our generation and everyone kind of looks down on our generation." "So I’m 19 years old and I still have not had my first kiss yet which isn’t the coolest thing in the world to admit but, I don’t know, I just haven’t had my first kiss yet. I don’t know why, if someone wants to kiss me they can, I’m down, but yeah. My friends were all dating tons of people in high school and they, like, ran through a whole bunch of boys and girls and just watching them be in so in love and, like, so mush-y gush-y in the hallways and everywhere we go kind of just made me a really bitter person overtime, you know? Just watching them be so in love, and because of that I think when I see couples I kind of just wanna, like, punch them in the face. Which isn’t a good thing, you know, you should be happy for them. Love is good. It’s just not good when you’re not in it. So that’s why I wrote “Crush Culture.” It’s a song that I wrote for people who just aren’t in love yet and for people who, when they see love they kinda just, like, want to throw up everywhere."

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