What Lovers Do - Maroon 5 ft. SZA




The Experience: What lovers do... You're obsessed with them, but even if they play the game they might not be obsessed with you...


Music video: Adam Levine grows up chasing and never quite catching the girl of his dreams. At times he's alone. At times there's a long line of suitors. But he can't catch her. Even his King Kong play at the end fails. She can't be caught. She has to chose to say yes.

The Meaning of What Lovers Do: Adam Levine wants her in a very physical way: love and sex are identified - do you love me or not and am I lucky or not.  Reducing love to just sex isn't good. But at least he's is respectful about it - it's her decision, as underlined by the fact that his King Kong power play in video doesn't work out.

Ask yourself: Are you chasing? Or loving?

Album: Red Pill Blues (2017)

LYRICS:

[Adam Levine]
Say say say, hey hey now baby
Oh mama, don't play now baby
Say say say, hey hey now baby
So let's get one thing straight now baby

Tell me, tell me if you love me or not, love me or not, love me or not?
I'll bet the house on you, am I lucky or not, lucky or not, lucky or not?
You gotta tell me if you love me or not, love me or not, love me or not?
Been wishin' for you, am I lucky or not, lucky or not, lucky or not?

Ooooh, oooh
Been wishin' for you
Ooh, ooh
Tryna' do what lovers do (ooh)
Ooooh, oooh
Been wishin' for you
Ooh, ooh
Tryna' do what lovers do (ooh)

[SZA and Adam Levine]
Say say say, hey hey now baby
You gonna make me hit you with that lay down, baby (ohhh)
(Ooh) Say say say, hey hey now baby
You know what I need, not the game now baby (oh, ohhh)

[Adam Levine]
Tell me, tell me if you love me or not, love me or not, love me or not?
I'll bet the house on you, am I lucky or not, lucky or not, lucky or not?
You gotta tell me if you love me or not, love me or not, love me or not?
Been wishin' for you am I lucky or not, lucky or not, lucky or not?

[SZA and Adam Levine]
Ooooh, oooh
Been wishin' for you
Ooh, ooh
Tryna' do what lovers do (ooh)
Ooooh, oooh
Been wishin' for you (wishin')
Ooh, ooh
Tryna' do what lovers do (ooh)

(Hey yeah) What lovers do (oh, ohh)
What lovers do (hmm na na na, hey yeah)
What lovers do (oh, hmm na na na, oh, ohh)

Aren't we too grown for games?
Aren't we too grown to play around?
Young enough to chase
But old enough to know better
Are we too grown for changin'?
Are we too grown to mess around?
Ooh and I can't wait forever baby
Both of us should know better

[Adam Levine:]
Ooooh, oooh
Been wishin' for you
Ooh, ooh
Tryna' do what lovers do (ooh)

[SZA and Adam Levine]
Ooooh, oooh
Been wishin' for you
Ooh, ooh
Tryna' do what lovers do (ooh)
Ooooh, oooh
Been wishin' for you (you, oh yeah)
Ooh, ooh (ooh)
Tryna' do what lovers do (tryna' do what lovers do,ooh)
Ooooh, oooh
Been wishin' for you (been wishin' for love)
Ooh, ooh
Tryna' do what lovers do (do uhh,ooh)
Ooooh, oooh
Been wishin' for you (tryna' do)
Ooh, ooh
Tryna' do what lovers do (ooh)


review by Benjamin O'Loughlin

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