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.


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.


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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