Here’s What the Lyrics to Dua Lipa’s “We’re Good” *Actually* Mean

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Starr Bowenbank
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Photo credit: Dimitrios Kambouris - Getty Images
Photo credit: Dimitrios Kambouris - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Unless you’ve been living under a rock over the past 12 months, it’s pretty easy to see that Dua Lipa has been having the most amazing year of her career thus far. With the release of her sophomore album, Future Nostalgia, Dua blessed us with “Physical,” “Break My Heart,” and “Don’t Start Now,” collecting her crown as one of the pop princesses of the year (along with a few Grammy nominations) in the process. TL;DR: Dua did not let us breathe in 2020 and basically had me like this while listening to the album:

To keep the era going, Dua surprised everyone with the release of Future Nostalgia (The Moonlight Edition) and delivered a slew of new, completely-unasked-for tracks. :') Of those tracks, “We’re Good” ended up being one of the final singles of the era—a sound decision, if you ask me, because it’s a total bop.

According to Dua, she made a huge leap of faith with the production on “We’re Good,” but she thinks it matches the song’s meaning perfectly. In an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music, Dua said:

“I think sonically, it felt the riskiest because I don’t even know what it is. It’s like pop with a little bit of a trap beat. It’s got an interesting bossa nova style. I don’t even know how you explain it or how you would start to describe what a song like that is. It just is. And that for me was probably the most scariest, but I think the content of the song is really interesting. It’s having that amicable breakup that I think everybody kind of wants. It’s like that clean break isn’t lacking, move on. We’re good. You can’t be upset if I move on. I can’t be upset if you move on. You know what I mean? And I think a lot of the time, it’s that part of a breakup that—it gets lost in translation. Yeah. When things are ego-driven, that’s immediately when it’s over, but yeah, just the amicable breakup.”

Check out the unbelievably stylish Titanic-inspired video for “We’re Good” and learn the lyrics to the song below:

[Verse 1]
I’m on an island, even when you’re close
Can’t take the silence, I’d rather be alone

[Pre-Chorus]

I think it’s pretty plain and simple, we gave it all we could
It’s time I wave goodbye from the window
Let’s end this like we should and say we’re good

[Chorus]

We’re not meant to be, like sleeping and cocaine
So let’s at least agree to go our separate ways
Not gonna judge you when you’re with somebody else
As long as you swear you won’t be pissed when I do it myself
Let’s end it like we should and say we’re good

[Verse 2]

No need to hide it, go get what you want
This won’t be a burden if we both don’t hold a grudge

[Pre-Chorus]

I think it’s pretty plain and simple, we gave it all we could
It’s time I wave goodbye from the window
Let’s end this like we should and say we’re good

[Chorus]

We’re not meant to be, like sleeping and cocaine
So let’s at least agree to go our separate ways
Not gonna judge you when you’re with somebody else
As long as you swear you won’t be pissed when I do it myself
Let’s end it like we should and say we’re good

[Bridge]

Now you’re holding this against me like I knew you would
I’m trying my best to make this easy
So don’t give me that look, just say we’re good

[Chorus]

We’re not meant to be, like sleeping and cocaine
(Like sleeping and cocaine)
So let’s at least agree to go our separate ways
(To go our separate ways, oh)
Not gonna judge you when you’re with somebody else
As long as you swear you won’t be pissed when I do it myself
Let’s end it like we should and say we’re good

You love learning the meaning to your fave songs. So do we! Let’s overanalyze them together.

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