Machine Gun Kelly – forget me too | Lyrics Meaning & Song Review

“forget me too” is the fifth track on Machine Gun Kelly’s 2020 album ‘Tickets to My Downfall.’ On the track, MGK enlists singer Halsey for their first ever collaboration together. Machine Gun Kelly’s new pop-punk genre crossover with Halsey’s vocals give a definite 80’s vibe to this song.

Machine Gun Kelly released his fifth studio album ‘Tickets to My Downfall’ on September 25, 2020. The album included hit singles such as “Bloody Valentine,” Concert for Aliens,” and “my ex’s best friend” featuring blackbear.

Travis Baker, the producer of the album, recalls this collaboration as one of the fastest ever: “She was in the booth maybe 10 minutes. I think we knew. And then we were working on this up-tempo song and I was like, ‘Yo, this is the song we should put Halsey on.’ Or whatever. And I think you sent it to her that night. The next day she came in, was in the booth 10, 15 minutes tops and the song was finished.”

Listen to “forget me too” by Machine Gun Kelly Ft. Halsey

“forget me too” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review

Chorus

The song surrounds on Machine Gun Kelly dealing with a past relationship/s. He is forced to forget her past girlfriends and move on. He has no choice but to reply to her “okay, forget me too.” Kelly might be thinking that she will respond that she can’t forget him. But that ship might have sailed a long time back.

She tells him that she hates him. MGK might be in denial, he thinks to himself “yeah, right!”

Verse 1

Machine Gun Kelly narrates an incident where he walked into a room where he saw his ex. If his eyes were failing him, he even smelled her perfume across the room which confirmed that it was indeed her. He panics and wants to find the backdoor to escape. But why should he? What is this room?

They are in room 29 at The Chateau hotel. An interesting lyric on the verse is “I’m gonna stay and put my key in the bag more.” Putting your key in a bag, with other’s keys in the same bag, is a type of sex parties originated in the ’70s known as ‘key party.’ These parties are part of the ‘swing’ lifestyle where strangers draw a random door key from the bag and sleep with them for that night.

Is Machine Gun Kelly saying that he already dated this woman a while ago and it ended in a disaster? He raged so hard over her that he punched a hole in the wall at home. And a couple of hours later, both of them are back at this party, looking for other ‘soulmates.’

Pre-chorus

If this was a swing party, it is somewhat understandable why Machine Gun Kelly left without saying goodbye to her in the morning after. But deep down he does feel bad.

Verse 2

Halsey joins on the second verse of “forget me too” by MGK. She assumes the role of the female in this story by MGK.

Halsey sings that she wanted their fling to bloom into something more, and something long term. No matter how much she craves for this relationship, something also tells her that they are better off going their separate paths. It might stem from the fact that they got together for a fling through a dating party and he left her in the morning without a word.

Bridge

As of the release of this song and the album, Machine Gun Kelly has announced that he is a relationship with actor Megan Fox, who also starred in MGK’s “Bloody Valentine” music video. It is a well-known fact that both MGK and Megan Fox are fans of tattoos. So, there might be some factual base to it when MGK sings that he tattooed her name permanently on him. The same is said in the track “banyan tree (interlude)” on the same album where Megan Fox is heard talking about matching tattoos.

Let us hear what you think about this song in the comments below. Check out the complete lyrics and further meaning breakdown on Genius.

Watch the music video premiered on October 22, 2020.

Adam McDonald

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3 Responses

  1. Fernanda says:

    After the music video, I wondered if this song is about his relationship with Megan, because of the obvious reasons that gaves us hints that follows: (1) the irterlude about tattoos
    (2) the visual references to Jennifers Body? Halsey’s clothes, hair, her scenes on water (maybe he is just using the iconic simbols of the movie, or maybe he’s using the interest of the public in the chaos aka tickets do my downfall to make us believe that their relationship is toxic, cause this is what makes a song famous nowadays..)

    He is so artistic, lyrics, meaning, video, acting.. the way that it makes want to understand the lyrics. He is a great storyteller.

  2. Andy says:

    I have never heard about key parties. I just figured it was a drug reference with cocaine.

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