Boyfriend - Mabel

The Experience: Want a boyfriend but not too sweet... I want some fun without the hassle of having to care about the person I use...
The Vibe: Fatigue.
The Topic: Promiscuity.
The Value: Pleasure.
The Tension:  A man ain't something I need (Don't want to tie my happiness to anyone except myself) VS. Love me better (I've been left unsatisfied with every single man I've used and I keep trying).

Music video: Mabel and friends cycle through simulated boy toys - the hot boy, the bad boy, the pretty boy, the nice boy, the party boy - but they give up, bored and unconvinced.

The Meaning of Boyfriend: Mabel wants a boyfriend. She wants a boyfriend, but not too sweet: she doesn't want someone who cares or demands she care back. She wants someone shallow enough to throw away when she's done. In the music video she ends up shutting it all down, bored and unconvinced by the people she used as sex toys. What the lyrics and the music video don't do is challenge the assumption that using is better than loving - I need you and me together I ain't looking for forever. If she actually cared and got cared for in return, would she walk away so easily?

Ask yourself: Have you settled for so much less than love? Is that why you never find it?

Album: High Expectations (2019)

LYRICS:


I've been looking for somebody
Tryna kick it with somebody
I need a rude boy to tell me something sweet
Same time got his hands up on my body
I wanna get high when he take it low-low
Make me feel strong when I'm taking control
I've been looking for my shawty
So come and get it if you got it

All my girls 'round the world, I know you know what I mean
I get a little sexy when I'm lonely
One thing on my mind, I know what I need
All my girls 'round the world, hands up and sing it with me
'Cause everything I got, you know it's all me
Even though a man ain't something I need

I want a boyfriend, so put it on me
I'm looking for a man who can take that heat
Want a boyfriend, but not too sweet
My baby gotta be tough while he running that street
Is he ride or die?
I've been looking so long for a guy to turn me on
I want a boyfriend, yeah, yeah
I want a boyfriend, yeah
I been looking like

Where you at, where you at?
Where you at, where you at?
Where you at, where you at?
Where you at, where you at?

I need you and me together
I ain't looking for forever
I had so much stress from my ex to the next
Want you better, love me better
I need a bad boy that don't bring me drama
He ain't tryna roll when he get the nah-nah
Boy you ready for the pleasure?
And don't you know it's now or never

All my girls 'round the world, I know you know what I mean
I get a little sexy when I'm lonely
One thing on my mind, I know what I need
All my girls 'round the world, hands up and sing it with me
'Cause everything I got, you know it's all me
Even though a man ain't something I need

I want a boyfriend, so put it on me
I'm looking for a man who can take that heat
Want a boyfriend, but not too sweet
My baby gotta be tough while he running that street
Is he ride or die?
I've been looking so long for a guy to turn me on
I want a boyfriend, yeah, yeah
I want a boyfriend, yeah
I been looking like

Where you at, where you at?
Where you at, where you at?
Where you at, where you at?
Where you at, where you at?

All my girls 'round the world, I know you know what I mean
I get a little sexy when I'm lonely
One thing on my mind, I know what I need
All my girls 'round the world, hands up and sing it with me
'Cause everything I got, you know it's all me
Even though a man ain't something I need

I want a boyfriend, so put it on me
I'm looking for a man who can take that heat
Want a boyfriend, but not too sweet
My baby gotta be tough while he running that street
Is he ride or die?
I've been looking so long for a guy to turn me on
I want a boyfriend, yeah, yeah
I want a boyfriend, yeah
I been looking like

Where you at, where you at?
Where you at, where you at?
Where you at, where you at?
Where you at, where you at?

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