Mariah Carey's "I Don't" Lyrics Provide The 2017 Breakup Anthem That You've Been Waiting For — LISTEN


If you're a fan of chaise lounge pop (I just made that genre up, but, as the name suggests, I'm talking about music that you can drape over your furniture in a silk negligee to), then you're going to adore Mimi's latest offering. It's so smooth it's basically a massage for your eardrums. Mariah Carey's "I Don't" lyrics contrast smooth grooves with the track's turbulent emotional content. The song has been described as a “an anthem for women overcoming harsh breakups,” and Fact Magazine alleges the track is inspired by Carey's recent breakup with her former fiancee, investor James Pack.

If, at this point, you're wondering if Pack sung the male part, since the song effectively functions as a conversation about Carey's relationship, nope. That's not Carey's former fiancee but rapper Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson, better known as YG. If YG's name sounds familiar, that's because he's behind the song "FDT (F*ck Donald Trump)" that's been playing on loop for up to 20 to 30 minutes at a time at radio stations across South Carolina, Kentucky, Seattle, and Texas — thanks to some heroic hackers.

But here he's less political, more personal, in the role as jilted paramour, trying to persuade Carey that they should stay together and make it work.

Intro (YG)

There's a theme here when it comes to the problem this loved-up couple have been having. I'll give you three guesses. No, it's not about addressing your favorite singer in the way she's accustomed to; it's about trust. Just like everyone else in the world, Carey occasionally has trust issues (at least according to her man friend).

Verse One (Carey)

The singer gets accusatory here. Sure, some of this sounds like routine stuff for a relationship, gorgeous Hallmark beginnings that wither with the passage of time. But can you blame her for having trust issues if this guy fed her "nothing but lies"? The "Happy messed up for a minute" feels poignant if you've ever stayed in a relationship that was bad for you too long because you were head over heels.

Chorus (Carey)

Phew. This sounds like a lot of messed up stuff to deal with in a relationship: constant absences, gaslighting, mind games, and your garden variety sh*tty relationship stuff. Otherwise, why would tough cookie Carey be weeping on the regular? If this sounds all too familiar, take this as encouragement from none other than one of the best sopranos in the business to find someone who makes you happy.

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Verse Two (Carey)

he was so crazy about this human in her life that she put all the work in, and her boyfriend still made it about him. "I went from me and you/To walking right out on you" might sound familiar if you're someone who falls in love too easily, but has enough self-respect to exit stage left if you get taken for granted.

Verse Three (YG)

YG's character reveals his true colors; he's an entitled materialist who thinks that, just because he proposed, he has some claim to Carey. "Hold up, give me my ring back" feels petty, but "Never mind, you can keep that" so that you can look at the ring and dream of me feels even more so. Nobody needs someone like this in their life.

So, if you need a little push to separate from a significant other, plug your headphones in and blast this at full volume. It's smooth, it's melodic, but, most importantly, it's a call to action for anyone who's stayed too long in a relationship with someone who treated them like trash.