Selena Gomez's new collaboration track with Marshmello called, "Wolves", paints a picture of chasing after some kind of love and, well, we think it's about The Weeknd. The track was released today and the lyrics are simply incredible. It's important to note that Selena didn't actually write the song herself but she felt very connected to it the moment she heard it. She has revealed that lyrics really do mirror her own life and some things she was going through at the time she heard it for the first time.
During an interview with Zane Lowe she said, "This was a song that I heard in Japan for the first time, and I was talking to Andrew Watt, who is one of the writers that I’ve worked with for years and he actually just played me a rough version, and I thought it was really beautiful and he sent it to Marshmello, and we ended up talking. We created a really cool tone and a story with it, and the song is very beautiful and personal and the lyrics just have a whole story of its own. Weirdly, at the same time, I was working on it in Japan, I was going through stuff too so it’s mirrored everything."
While she doesn't say exactly what was happening while she was in Japan, there are few theories out there that will help fans dissect what the song really is about in relation to her life. Our theory is that it was a time when she wasn't sure what to do about The Weeknd. Maybe a point in their relationship where things hadn't really gone public yet but she was falling in love with him and didn't know what to do. Let's take a look at the lyrics.
"In your eyes there's a heavy blue / One to love and one to lose / Sweet divide, a heavy truth / Water or wine, don't make me choose / I wanna feel the way that we did that summer night / Drunk on a feeling, alone with the stars in the sky."
For starters, it sounds like she is talking about a person. The words, "heavy truth" also allude to the fact that there is something difficult about the truth whether Selena hadn't told The Weeknd her true feelings yet or that they hadn't come out to the world. But, it seems like she can't let go of this feeling and wants to go back to it. If she was in Japan, this could quite possibly have struck a chord with her. She longed to be with The Weeknd and the feeling she felt when they were alone together.
"I've been running through the jungle / I've been crying with the wolves / to get to you, to get to you / I've been down the darkest alleys / Saw the dark side of the moon / to get to you, to get to you."
These lines show hardship. We can speculate that Selena is talking about a battle she's been through to finally get to a place with The Weeknd where she is happy. This battle could be anything from her struggle with Lupus to her battle with finding someone to genuinely love. It's almost like she's saying she has been doing all of this stuff, going through tough times, really being in a dark place to finally see the light with The Weeknd.
"I've looked for love in every stranger / Took too much to ease the anger / all for you, yea all for you."
This first phrase is a key clue to connect this song with The Weeknd. It sounds like she is letting us know that she really has tried to make love work with lots of different people in her life. She has tried to find relationships with people that really were strangers to her and it never ended up working out. But, in the end, all of that was for The Weeknd. It was all for him and their relationship to work.
"Your fingertips trace my skin / to places I have never been / Blindly I am following / Break down these walls and come on in."
These lines bring a little bit of lust into the mix here and we love it! It kind of gives a glimpse into their intimate relationship and the physical attraction they have towards each other. It's almost like Selena is saying she is following his lead when it comes to their physical relationship, she likes what is going on and wants to explore more of this life with The Weeknd. The last phrase is Selena letting her guard down. She's done being closed off and caged in with her feelings. She wants The Weeknd to find out her secrets, she's ready to let him in on her personal life and it's almost freeing for her to feel like that.
So, of course, this is obviously all speculation but by looking at the lyrics, we can totally see Selena connecting her life with The Weeknd to this song. There have been other theories that the track is about her battle with Lupus. Fans had believed this idea because the word "lupus" comes from the Latin meaning of wolf. But, we feel as though this idea connecting everything to The Weeknd might have a bit more evidence. Regardless, the song is a jam and Selena's voice is as beautiful as ever.