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13 Lyrics From Shawn Mendes’s Illuminate That Prove He Really Needs A Hug


We have good news and bad news, Shawn Mendes fans. The good news is, your boy finally dropped his sophomore album, Illuminate, today (September 23). The bad news is, he’s apparently been traumatized by love and really just needs a hug (or two or three or fifty).

The bulk of Illuminate is bluesier and more mature than Mendes’s debut album, last year’s Handwritten, and it’s packed with enough lovelorn agony to knock you flat. Call it a testament to his disarmingly intimate songwriting… or just call it a cry for help from a lovesick 18-year-old. Either way, here are 13 of the album’s most heartbreaking lyrics, accompanied by #SadShawn GIFs (sorry).

  1. “And I’m not tryna ruin your happiness/ But darling don’t you know that I’m the only one for ya?”

    - “Ruin”

  2. “Show me an open door/ Then you go and slam it on me/ I can't take anymore”

    - “Mercy”

  3. “I just wanna give you the loving that you're missing/ Baby, just to wake up with you”

    - “Treat You Better”

  4. “We're going through the motions/ Cause we can't fix what's broken/ Those three empty words/ Will only make it worse/ I'm tired, I can't take it anymore”

    - “Three Empty Words”

  5. “Thought I was strong enough for you/ But I just can't hide the truth/ So I guess I'm going down”

    - “Like This”

  6. “And I don't wanna let it slip away/ I've been living only for this moment/ And I don't know how much that I can take”

    - “No Promises”

  7. “First you say you love me then you say you don’t/ I wake up in the morning and I'm all alone”

    - “Patience”

  8. “Please have mercy on me/ Take it easy on my heart/ Even though you don't mean to hurt me/ You keep tearing me apart”

    - “Mercy”

  9. “Making my heart grow cold/ And into the deeper she's sinking/ I'm begging her please don't let go”

    - “Bad Reputation”

  10. “Am I turning into someone else?/ I’m praying that I don't forget just who I am”

    - “Understand”

  11. “I can't remember being small/ I try to figure it out/ I can't seem to find out how/ I guess I don't know much at all”

    - “Hold On”

  12. “You can tell me stop if you already know/ Though I'm not sure my heart can take it”

    - “Roses”

  13. “And I know that I'll probably regret it/ And it kills me 'cause the worst part of all/ Is that I hate to hurt you”

    - “Honest”

Now can someone please go give this dude a hug?!?!