I Hope - Gabby Barrett

The ExperienceI hope she cheats like you did on me... Deep down, do any of us actually want to forgive?
The Vibe: Spite.
The Topic: Revenge.
The Value: Fidelity.
The Tension: I hope she makes you smile the way you made me smile... (I loved you) VS. I hope she cheats like you did on me... (But now I want you to hurt like you made me hurt...).

Music video: Gabby Garrett sits in empty darkness. That's what her spite has left her after eating at everything else in her heart. That dark solo alternates with flashbacks from his betrayal, and flash-forwards to the parallel pain she desires for him. The music video is darker than the lyrics in one important way. It ends with him sitting in the same dark warehouse where Gabby begins her song. That implies that he will sing the same song. Desire the same revenge. And keep that cycle of betrayal going through other people's lives. No forgiveness, no healing, more and more pain.

The Meaning of I Hope: In Gabby Barrett's own own words, "We came to the idea of writing the song about a guy and girl that didn't work but the girl still wishes him kinda well even though he's moved on. But she's still being nice. And I said, 'That's not how girls really think. We're really like, 'Well I hope she ends up cheating on you because you did me wrong'.' That's kinda what this song is about. I wanted it to be about the things we kinda never say." I Hope is a look into the spite that grows and festers in the dark places of our hearts. Spite that thrives when we can't muster the strength to forgive. It's a thirst for revenge that leaves us ultimately stuck with our hurt when the rage has died away. Alone and empty and sad, just like the final sad refrain of I Hopelike you did on me.

Ask yourself: Are we capable of forgiveness?

Album: - (2019)

LYRICS:


I, I hope she makes you smile
The way you made me smile
On the other end of a phone
In the middle of the highway driving alone

Oh, baby, I, I hope you hear a song
That makes you sing along
And gets you thinking about her
Then the last several miles turns into a blur
Yeah

I hope you both feel the sparks by the end of the drive
I hope you know she's the one by the end of the night
I hope you never ever felt more free
Tell your friends that you're so happy

I hope she comes along and wrecks every one of your plans
I hope you spend your last dime to put a rock on her hand
I hope she's wilder than your wildest dreams
She's everything you're ever gonna need

And then I hope she cheats
Like you did on me
And then I hope she cheats
Like you did on me

Yeah, babe, I hope she shows up in a 2-AM pic from her friend
Hanging on to a guy, and you just ain't him
I hope you stay up all night all alone waiting by the phone
And then she calls

And, baby, I, I hope you work it out
Forgive and just about
Forget and take her on a first date again
And when you lean in for a kiss

I hope you both feel the sparks by the end of the drive
I hope you know she's the one by the end of the night
I hope you never ever felt more free
Tell your friends that you're so happy

I hope she comes along and wrecks every one of your plans
I hope you spend your last dime to put a rock on her hand
I hope she's wilder than your wildest dreams
She's everything you're ever gonna need

And then I hope she cheats
Like you did on me
And then I hope she cheats
Like you did on me

I hope what goes, comes all the way around
I hope she makes you feel the same way about her that I feel about you right now

I hope you both feel the sparks by the end of the drive
I hope you know she's the one by the end of the night
I hope you never ever felt more free
Tell your friends that you're so happy

I hope she comes along and wrecks every one of your plans
I hope you spend your last dime to put a rock on her hand
I hope she's wilder than your wildest dreams
She's everything you're ever gonna need

And then I hope she cheats
Like you did on me
And then I hope she cheats
Like you did on me

Like you did on me

review by Benjamin O'Loughlin

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