“Best Friends” is the ninth track on The Weeknd’s 2022 album ‘Dawn FM.’ In this song, The Weeknd talks to his best friend, or more like friends-with-benefits, to assert that they cannot be anything more than what they are already. The next step would only lead to heartbreak with The Weeknd.
The Weeknd announced his fifth studio album ‘Dawn FM’ just days prior to its release on January 7, 2022. The album marks Abel’s comeback to music after his highly successful album ‘After Hours’ that was released in 2020. The Weeknd mentioned that the ‘Dawn FM’ album is a direct sequel to the ‘After Hours’ album. Upon release, the album was live-streamed on several streaming platforms such as Twitch.
It is not uncommon for someone to refer to their significant other as their best friend. This establishes a level of trust and faith in them on top of the romantic affairs. However, people can easily get stuck in the friend zone as well. This is a zone filled with sex and no strings. The Weeknd is careful about whom he takes it to the next level. He has failed in relationships so many times even he does not believe in himself to commit to a relationship.
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The Weeknd “Best Friends” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
The Weeknd says that the relationship they have right now is very secure. So, he would not want to mess things up by taking them to the next level.
Been a part of toxic love
It tore us apart
The Weeknd has been burnt before. Every time he tried to make things official with a girl and settle down, bad things kept happening. Well, he endured one or more toxic relationships. He had to see the people he ‘loved’ getting hurt.
‘Cause I’ll get clumsy and tear it apart
I love you so, but we can’t get close
Abel does not want to walk the same path again with this girl. He already knows where this path will take them–pain and regrets. So, he would rather keep things physical and protect their friendship.
Despite his cries, the girl seems to develop feelings for him. She seems to tell Abel that she does not want to have sex as friends anymore. This is exactly what Abel wanted to prevent from happening.
The Weeknd is at a crossroads. This might be where these two walk their separate ways. At least this time, they would not be as hurt as if they elevated their casual to something exclusive.
It might have been for the best that this affair ended in this way.
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