Song of the Day #3,069: ‘i hate u i love u’ – gnash feat. Olivia O’Brien

gnash_i_hate_uAt #11 on Billboard’s Hot 100 this week is ‘i hate u i love u’ by L.A. singer/rapper gnash. As all hit songs these days need to “feature” somebody, this one features Olivia O’Brien, a 16-year-old L.A.-based singer.

It’s a little creepy that this duet about ex-lovers is performed by a 16-year-old and a 25-year-old, no? To be fair, this little gnash fellow doesn’t look much older than 16 himself.

This is a pleasant enough song, but the profanity in the rap verse seems out of place. The whole thing is a little bit off.

[Verse 1: Olivia O’Brien]
Feeling used, but I’m still missing you
And I can’t see the end of this
Just wanna feel your kiss against my lips
And now all this time is passing by
But I still can’t seem to tell you why
It hurts me every time I see you
Realize how much I need you

[Hook: Olivia O’Brien]
I hate you, I love you
I hate that I love you
Don’t want to, but I can’t put
Nobody else above you
I hate you, I love you
I hate that I want you
You want her, you need her
And I’ll never be her

[Verse 2: gnash]
I miss you when I can’t sleep
Or right after coffee or right when I can’t eat
I miss you in my front seat
Still got sand in my sweaters
From nights we don’t remember
Do you miss me like I miss you?
Fucked around and got attached to you
Friends can break your heart too
And I’m always tired but never of you
If I pulled a you on you, you wouldn’t like that shit
I put this reel out, but you wouldn’t bite that shit
I type a text, but then I never mind that shit
I got these feelings, but you never mind that shit
Oh oh, keep it on the low
You’re still in love with me, but your friends don’t know
If you wanted me, you would just say so
And if I were you, I would never let me go
I don’t mean no harm, I just miss you on my arm
Wedding bells were just alarms
Caution tape around my heart
You ever wonder what we could have been?
You said you wouldn’t and you fucking did
Lie to me, lie with me, get your fucking fix
Now all my drinks and all my feelings are all fucking mixed
Always missing people that I shouldn’t be missing
Sometimes you gotta burn some bridges just to create some distance
I know that I control my thoughts and I should stop reminiscing
But I learned from my dad that it’s good to have feelings
When love and trust are gone
I guess this is moving on
Everyone I do right does me wrong
So every lonely night, I sing this song

[Hook: Olivia O’Brien & gnash]
I hate you, I love you
I hate that I love you
Don’t want to, but I can’t put
Nobody else above you
I hate you, I love you
I hate that I want you
You want her, you need her
And I’ll never be her

[Bridge: Olivia O’Brien and gnash]
All alone, I watch you watch her
Like she’s the only girl you’ve ever seen
You don’t care, you never did
You don’t give a damn about me
Yeah, all alone, I watch you watch her
She is the only thing you’ve ever seen
How is it you never notice
That you are slowly killing me

[Hook: Olivia O’Brien]
I hate you, I love you
I hate that I love you
Don’t want to, but I can’t put
Nobody else above you
I hate you, I love you
I hate that I want you
You want her, you need her
And I’ll never be her

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,069: ‘i hate u i love u’ – gnash feat. Olivia O’Brien

  1. Dana says:

    I’ve only heard the radio version of this song, so I was not aware of the profanity. It seems artists have become quite good at clipping or altering bad language, even in live tv performances. The Weeknd’s “Starboy” is another good recent example.

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