Song of the Day #3,475: ‘New Rules’ – Dua Lipa

I always get about a month’s worth of year-end recap posts at this time of year, making it one of my favorite periods. Over the next two weeks I’ll blog about ten of the best music videos to hit screens in 2017, five by women and five by men.

Dua Lipa is a 22-year-old British pop singer who got her start posting covers on YouTube. She released her debut album this year and ‘New Rules,’ the album’s sixth single, reached the top of the UK charts.

‘New Rules’ is about the aftermath of a breakup and the willpower it takes to not chase after your ex. In the video, Lipa plays the dumped girlfriend aided by a group of friends working together to keep her going.

Director Henry Scholfield makes great use of color in this clip, which was shot at a Miami Beach hotel called The Confidante. The choreography is fun and visually interesting while delivering a message of female empowerment.

“What I wanted to convey in this video is the unity and togetherness of women supporting each other,” Lipa told NPR.

[Intro]
One, one, one, one, one…

[Verse 1]
Talkin’ in my sleep at night, makin’ myself crazy
(Out of my mind, out of my mind)
Wrote it down and read it out, hopin’ it would save me
(Too many times, too many times)
My love, he makes me feel like nobody else, nobody else
But my love, he doesn’t love me, so I tell myself, I tell myself

[Pre-Chorus]
One: Don’t pick up the phone
You know he’s only callin’ ’cause he’s drunk and alone
Two: Don’t let him in
You’ll have to kick him out again
Three: Don’t be his friend
You know you’re gonna wake up in his bed in the morning
And if you’re under him, you ain’t gettin’ over him

[Chorus]
I got new rules, I count ’em
I got new rules, I count ’em
I gotta tell them to myself
I got new rules, I count ’em
I gotta tell them to myself

[Verse 2]
I keep pushin’ forwards, but he keeps pullin’ me backwards
(Nowhere to turn, no way)
(Nowhere to turn, no)
Now I’m standin’ back from it, I finally see the pattern
(I never learn, I never learn)
But my love, he doesn’t love me, so I tell myself, I tell myself
I do, I do, I do

[Pre-Chorus]
One: Don’t pick up the phone
You know he’s only callin’ ’cause he’s drunk and alone
Two: Don’t let him in
You’ll have to kick him out again
Three: Don’t be his friend
You know you’re gonna wake up in his bed in the morning
And if you’re under him, you ain’t gettin’ over him

[Chorus]
I got new rules, I count ’em
I got new rules, I count ’em
I gotta tell them to myself
I got new rules, I count ’em
I gotta tell them to myself

[Bridge]
Practice makes perfect
I’m still tryna learn it by heart (I got new rules, I count ’em)
Eat, sleep, and breathe it
Rehearse and repeat it, ’cause I… (I got new…)

[Pre-Chorus]
One: Don’t pick up the phone (yeah)
You know he’s only callin’ ’cause he’s drunk and alone (alone)
Two: Don’t let him in (uh-ooh)
You’ll have to kick him out again (again)
Three: Don’t be his friend
You know you’re gonna wake up in his bed in the morning
And if you’re under him, you ain’t gettin’ over him

[Chorus]
I got new rules, I count ’em
I got new rules, I count ’em
(Whoa-ooh, whoa-ooh, whoa)
I gotta tell them to myself
I got new rules, I count ’em
(Baby, you know I count ’em)
I gotta tell them to myself

[Outro]
Don’t let him in, don’t let him in
Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t…
Don’t be his friend, don’t be his friend
Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t…
Don’t let him in, don’t let him in
Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t…
Don’t be his friend, don’t be his friend
Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t…
You’re gettin’ over him

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,475: ‘New Rules’ – Dua Lipa

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I just heard this song the other day for the first time and thought it was clever and catchy. Great accompanying video.

  2. Amy says:

    Wow, perspective is a fascinating thing. Had I seen this blog on the day it was originally published, I likely wouldn’t have had as strong a reaction to it. Today, in the wake of all the public shaming of James Franco and Aziz Ansari in the past two weeks, I found myself not only loving the song and video but also noting how one of the new rules was not to call out the guy for being drunk and lonely but for the women to support each other in making better decisions.

    In most online venues where any discussion of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements is occurring, having the audacity to write such a comment would immediately mean that my feminist cred was about to be attacked. I’m hopeful that here I can suggest that Dua Lipa’s song should become the unofficial anthem for this branch of the movement that has opted to move away from a focus on sexual harassment in the workplace to bemoan the frustrating landscape of sex and dating in this modern era. It seems it is definitely time for some new rules to be established, and both men and women will undoubtedly benefit from that happening.

    Watching these 10 videos in reverse this morning reminds me of the great scene in Slaughterhoue-Five, where Billy Pilgrim sees the documentary in reverse, and all the weapons of war are taken apart and their ingredients put safely back into the earth where they can harm nobody.

    Not sure you intended the bookends of these two weeks of videos to be so provocative, but they certainly have that effect when experienced as I have experienced them this morning. Thanks for the thoughtful way to start my weekend!

    • Amy says:

      just realized Watsky’s “Exquisite Corpse” is the actual bookend, as I had saved the one with which I was most familiar for last. Sorry!

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