Treat You Better - Shawn Mendes



The Experience: You're spending all your time in this wrong situation. And anytime you want it to stop I know I can treat you better than he can. And any girl like you deserves a gentleman... Why settle for violence and abuse when you can have a true relationship...



Music video: With its Domestic Violence Hotline ending, the music video underlines that Treat You Better is about abuse, not just frustrated love. For her boyfriend, she's a possession. Her job is simply not to complain about the crazy or the violent. When she does, he hits her. When someone else does, he hits them. Shawn Mendes is the friend who cares enough to want to help, but who's not strong enough to take down the abuser.

The Meaning of Treat You Better: He's strong, and maybe that's what she was attracted to. But he's only strong, and that strength without love means violence and abuse. But her tears, the tears of the victim, are wasted tears because she won't get out of the relationship. Shawn Mendes sings it from the outside, from the viewpoint of a friend who would be more if he could only help her escape the wrong situation she's locked herself into.

Ask yourself: How can love turn into just abuse under another name? 

LYRICS:

I won't lie to you
I know he's just not right for you
And you can tell me if I'm off
But I see it on your face
When you say that he's the one that you want
And you're spending all your time
In this wrong situation
And anytime you want it to stop

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

I'll stop time for you
The second you say you'd like me too
I just wanna give you the loving that you're missing
Baby, just to wake up with you
Would be everything I need and this could be so different
Tell me what you want to do

'Cause 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

Better than he can

Give me a sign
Take my hand, we'll be fine
Promise I won't let you down
Just know that you don't
Have to do this alone
Promise I'll never let you down

'Cause 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

Better than he can
Better than he can

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