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Published on July 8, 2015 By Dusk411 In Music

Shawn Mendes

Stitches

Album: Handwritten

Year: 2015

          Shawn Mendes is in deep pain after a breakup in the vexed    “Stitches.”

               Pitying guitar opens the single,  setting a dejected tone. She said he doesn’t ever let anyone in. Her’s incapable of truly loving someone completely. He stirs his coffee and spots the barista winking at him. He considers asking if she would like go home with him after her shift is over. (“I thought that I've been hurt before/But no one's ever left me quite this sore/Your words cut deeper than a knife/Now I need someone to breathe me back to life.”)

                 In the pre-chorus, he knows the barista won’t stop dulling his emotions. He’ll get over her eventually. However, he still thinks of her as his. (“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.”)

            In the chorus, he’s tried calling her but she won’t answer. There is no second chance. It’s over. It’s more than he can take. (“You watch me bleed until I can't breathe, shaking/Falling onto my knees/And now that I'm without your kisses/I'll be needing stitches/Tripping over myself, aching/Begging you to come help/And now that I'm without your kisses/I'll be needing stitches.”)

               As he thinks about their relationship, he remembers that she didn’t believe that great relationships exist. He should’ve known. (“Just like a moth drawn to a flame/Oh, you lured me in I couldn't sense the pain/Your bitter heart, cold to the touch/Now I'm gonna reap what I sow/I'm left seeing red on my own.”)

              The pre-chorus and chorus are sung again.
   

               In the bridge, he can put her down and try to place the blame on her. But he knows the truth: drinking  and risky behavior is going to get to him to first. (“Needle and the thread/Gotta get you out of my head/Needle and the thread/Gonna wind up dead/Needle and the thread/Gotta get you out of my head, get you out of my head/Needle and the thread/Gotta get you out of my head/Needle and the thread/Gonna wind up dead/Needle and the thread/Gotta get you out of my head, get you out of my head/Needle and the thread/Gotta get you out of my head/Needle and the thread/Gonna wind up dead/Needle and the thread/Gotta get you out of my head, get you out of my head.”)

                   The chorus is sung again.

                   In the final section, he says needs help. Nothing else will save him. (“Now that I'm without your kisses/I'll be needing stitches/ Now that I'm without your kisses/I'll be needing stitches.”)

               Mendes wants things to change. He wants her to know how much the breakup is damaging him. He’s wounded but he still willing to fight. Mendes has a spark to him that he won’t let anyone put out.

            The marred  “Stitches” will heal in time.

 

 

 


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