“Jealous” is a non-album single by the British singer, songwriter and producer Labrinth. It is also one of the singer’s most soulful and personal songs yet. There is no doubt that almost everyone can relate to this song about heartbreak and loss.
“Jealous” was released on November 23, 2014, and has drawn inspiration from Labrinth’s personal life. The song reached #7 in the UK and sold close to a million copies worldwide.
In several interviews Labrinth talked about the inspiration behind this song;
“I grew up not really having a father figure and it didn’t bother me because he wasn’t there in the first place. But then he started other families and I was jealous. It was like he was happy without our family. I didn’t want it to be to self-indulgent so listeners couldn’t grab their own personal experience from it. But I think it is one of the strongest songs because it made me have to take a bit of myself out and put on a record and I’ve never really done that before.”
“A lot of people have been through that experience. It’s kind of written from the perspective of how my family felt at the time, but I wanted to write it so anyone could dig into the song and relate to it to their own situation,” said Labrinth with MTV.
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“Jealous” Lyrics Meaning & Song Review
As Labrinth himself said, this song is relatable to different experiences for different people. Although Labrinth based it off of his father’s absence in his life, most of the lyrics are relatable to a broken romantic affair.
In these taunting lyrics, Labrinth explains how much he is jealous of everything that touches his ex-lover. The rain and the wind that rushes through her body are enough to prick the singer right in the heart. Because he has none of it now. Those inanimate objects are closer to her than he could ever be again.
In these lyrics, we find a little more information about their breakup. It is clear that the girl broke up with him and walked out of his life. When she was leaving, he wished her all the best in the world and said: “there’s nothing to forgive.” This makes us believe that he hoped that she would come back. So he was not ready to accept an apology.
But it was not meant to be. She did not come back to him. He had imagined that she would only find “heartbreak and misery” away from him. But it was not meant to be. It looks like she did move on, and Labrinth is jealous of the way she found happiness without him.
Labrinth continues his saga of the things that he is jealous of. He explains why he is jealous of each passing night: because he doesn’t get to lie next to her. And his mind can’t grasp the idea that someone else might be sleeping next to her. Finally, he admits that he is envious of the love that he lost; a love that is being shared with someone else.
The singer realizes that his ex-girlfriend’s love is slipping through his fingers as sand does. He cannot stop it but watch it fall on to someone else’s hands. He fakes a smile and faces every day, but is dying inside.
The final line sums it all up for Labrinth. He just cannot bear to see her happy without him in her life. It is a painful pill to swallow.
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