Bryson Tiller's "Don't" Lyrics Are Heartwrenching & Beautiful

Is it me, or did the we all just fall deeper in love with Bryson Tiller? I mean, I had heard of the guy before, but I didn’t realize how attractive and talented he was until I saw Bryson Tiller's performance at the 2016 BET Awards. Everyone in the audience was definitely grooving to his music — he started out with a snippet of “Exchange” before quickly moving into “Don’t,” which is a song I particularly enjoy. I’m all for a good “let’s get back together” song, so I figured I’d take a look at Bryson Tiller's lyrics for "Don't" and see if he was saying that I think he was saying. Let’s go on this lyrical journey together, OK? I promise it will be worth it in the end.

But first, let me tell you a little bit about Tiller, in case you’re not familiar — he’s already being called the next Usher, and he released his debut album, T R A P S O U L, in October of 2015. He’s young, he’s talented, and he wants to sing about relationships — so who are we to stop him? At the beginning of “Don’t,” Tiller sings, “I’m back and I’m better/I want you bad as ever/Don’t let me just let up/I wanna give you better.” Clearly, he’s trying to convince the one who got away to come right back.

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Next, he sings, “Baby, it’s whatever/Somebody gotta step up/Girl, I’m that somebody, so I’m next up/Be damned if I let him catch up.” Oh, OK, so this is about another guy being in the mix, too, huh? Later, the song continues, “I guess he didn't know any better/Girl, that man didn't show any effort/Do all I can just to show you you're special/Certain it's your love that holds me together.” So he’s appealing here to her heart.

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It continues like that, and then toward the end of the song, Tiller gives one last-ditch effort to convince the girl he wants: “If you were mine, you would not get the same/If you were mine, you would top everything.” Would you be able to resist someone singing their heart out to you like that? I don’t think I would.

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