Song of the Day #3,953: ‘Saturday Nights’ – Khalid

Yesterday I wrote about the impressive debut album by Jade Bird. Two years ago, El Paso-based singer-songwriter Khalid put out an even better one in American Teen.

That album was fresh and exciting and sounded like nothing else I’d ever heard, due to Khalid’s youthful perspective (he was 17 at the time), his low-key delivery, and sparse, lovely musical landscapes.

Khalid is out with his sophomore release, Free Spirit, and unfortunately it has none of the unique appeal of his first. The hooks are less hooky, the production is more obvious.

His personality doesn’t shine through, either, making me wonder if his early success caused him to withdraw a bit and play things safe.

The album does have a couple of nice tracks, including today’s SOTD, but nothing that comes close to the bulk of American Teen.

Sophomore slumps are common, and I expect a talent like Khalid to bounce back next time out. In the meantime, I’ll keep listening to the old stuff.

[Verse 1]
Saturday nights, blueberry cigarillos
Swishers make my throat hurt
Rolling OCB’s on the side for me
Light ’em up and let ’em both burn
Family feuds, say your mom’s confused
Off of shit she doesn’t wanna learn
But daddy’s gone, say he’s never home
And wishing only makes it worse

[Pre-Chorus]
I guess there’s certain dreams that you gotta keep
‘Cause they’ll only know what you let ’em see

[Chorus]
All the things that I know
That your parents don’t
They don’t care like I do
Nowhere like I do
And all the things that I know
That your parents don’t
They don’t care like I do
Nowhere like I do
Nowhere like I do
Nowhere like I do

[Verse 2]
Saturday nights, light gray Silverado
You drive it ’cause you have to
Stay up working late at a job you hate
Fix your makeup in a dirty bathroom
No more love, in and out of clubs
Knowing what you gotta do
You’ve got plans wrapped in rubber bands
And that’s the only thing you’ll never lose

[Pre-Chorus]
I guess there’s certain dreams that you gotta keep
‘Cause they’ll only know what you let ’em see

[Chorus]
All the things that I know
That your parents don’t
They don’t care like I do
Nowhere like I do
And all the things that I know
That your parents don’t
They don’t care like I do
Nowhere like I do
Nowhere like I do

[Bridge]
‘Cause I care, I care about you
There’s nowhere I’d rather be
Than right here around you
I care, care about you
There’s nowhere I’d rather be

[Chorus]
All the things that I know
That your parents don’t
They don’t care about you
Nowhere like I do
All the things that I know
That your parents don’t
Don’t care about you
Nowhere like I
Nowhere like I do (Do, do, do)
Nowhere like I do (Do, do, do)
Nowhere like I do (Do, do, do)
Nowhere like I do (Do, do, do)

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,953: ‘Saturday Nights’ – Khalid

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’ve heard of Khalid, but his music hasn’t been on my radar. I went back this morning to sample some of his bigger songs and didn’t find them all that great, but this type of pop R&B doesn’t usually do much for me.

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