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Rina Sawayama - Love Me 4 Me

[Intro]
Baby, I've been telling you
If you can't love yourself
How are you going to love somebody else?

[Verse 1]
Every day, I wanna start over
'Cause I remind me of me
At my worst, I let my mirror
Tell me lies, saying I

[Pre-Chorus]
I gotta do right, be nice, smile just like a lady (Like a lady)
I gotta work hard, make up, hair done like a star (Like a star)
I gotta be that angel, good girl, soft and sexy (Woah, oh)
Well, I don't care, I don't care who you are (Who you are)

[Chorus]
You wanna love me for me
If I made it, I made it easy
You wanna love me for me
If I made it, I made it easy

[Verse 2]
Every time I let you in (Every time)
My mind, you find remedies
But you can't fix me, you can't win
So goodbye, goodbye

The singer refers to the self-love she seeks in herself. If she doesn’t love herself, no one else will be able to love her. "'For me, this was a message to myself. I was feeling so under-confident with my work and everything. I think on the first listen it just sounds like trying to get a lover to love you, but it’s not at all. Everything is said to the mirror. That’s why the spoken bit at the beginning and after the middle eight is like: “If you can’t love yourself, how are you going to love somebody else?” That’s a RuPaul quote, so it makes me really happy, but it’s so true. I think that’s very fundamental when being in a relationship—you’ve got to love yourself first. I think self-love is really hard, and that’s the overall thing about this record: It’s about trying to find self-love within all the complications, whether it’s identity or sexuality. I think it’s the purest, happiest on the record. It’s like that New Jack Swing-style production, but originally it had like an ‘80s sound. That didn’t work with the rest of the record, so we went back and reproduced it.'"

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