Keep It Undercover - Zendaya


The Experience: Bouncing pop stanzas alternate with a first pleading then computerized chorus in Keep It Undercover. Zendaya plays with hiding her emotions and trying to be in control, while the lyrics show her interior struggle.
Official Video: Still waiting.

The meaning of Keep It Undercover centers on hiding her emotions in the midst of her mission. If you like it, she's doing 3 'Impossible Missions': 
1. Find herself: "I'm not perfect... gotta find out who I am"
2. Be there for her friends: "I always got your back" and "If your back's against the wall, all you got to do is call me"
3. Loving, but too afraid to say so: "so many things I wanna tell you, but I I I, I keep it undercover!" This is the hardest of her 3 missions. She wants him to "know I'm the realest, baby, I feel this.." but she hides it. "Keep it classified, I'll always fight my fighting." So at the same time she wants to be near him, and at the same time she pretends not to care. That leaves her "Living my life on red alert..." as an undercover agent of love.

Ask yourself: Do you have to find yourself before you can love, or does loving make you find out who you really are?


LYRICS:
When danger comes for you
You know I'll walk just right beside you
'Cause ain't nobody keep things hustle
Cool, I'll always find a way, a way out of the fire
Don't tell nobody, tell nobody
I'm not perfect, so many things I wanna tell you,
But I I I, I keep it undercover!

Living my life, on red alert
Doing my thing, gon' make it work
Know I'm the realest, baby I feel this
But I always got your back
Nobody can do it like I can
I gotta find out who I am
Ain't got to worry about me
It's all part of the plan
(I keep it undercover
I keep it undercover)

You know I'll always find the truth
No matter where it's hiding
So can you can always know for who to fight
Keep it classified, I'll always fight my fighting
'Cause it's all or nothing, all or nothing

I'm not perfect, so many things I wanna tell you,
But I I I, I keep it undercover!

Living my life, on red alert
Doing my thing, gon' make it work
Know I'm the realest, baby I feel this
But I'll always got your back
Nobody can do it like I can
I'm gotta find out who I am
Ain't got to worry about me
It's all part of the plan

If your back's against the wall
All you got to do is call me
I'm doing the impossible,
So you just got to trust me
You ain't got to worry 'bout it,
You ain't got to have to doubt it
I'll be there no matter what it takes
I keep it undercover!

Living my life, on red alert
Doing my thing, gon' make it work
Know I'm the realest, baby I feel this
But I'll always got your back
Nobody can do it like I can
I'm gotta find out who I am
Ain't got to worry about me
It's all part of the plan

I keep it undercover!
I keep it undercover!
I keep it undercover!

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