We’re just one week away from the release of Shawn Mendes’ third album and the Canadian singer is continuing to release new music and get fans even more excited for his self-titled record. The latest jam to drop is the R&B influenced “Where Were You in the Morning,” featuring more mature and suggestive lyrics than we’re used to hearing from the teen singer. We see you, Shawn.
Exposing his vulnerability on the track, Mendes sings about a one-night stand that leaves in the morning without a goodbye. Singing ““Where were you in the morning baby? / You didn’t leave your number for me / Left me without a warning baby,” the young pop star is all grown up and dealing with the realities of dating in the adult world, which can really, really suck.
It’s a risky move for Mendes with his audience skewing so young, but his latest collection of songs feels more authentic than anything he’s released before and musically, it appears to be paying off. This may be the realest we’ve ever heard the pop star.
The new song is a continuation of Mendes’ impressive musical and lyrical experimentation with his new record, which so far has included singles about depression and anxiety, long distance love affairs, and concern over the state of society in 2018. There’s still a few days before Shawn Mendes drops on May 25, but already the record is shaping up to be a career defining moment for the pop singer.
On Thursday night, Mendes played the Ford Theatres in Hollywood, California as part of a One Night Only special with Apple Music. The concert included his first live performance of “Where Were You in the Morning,” with Mendes joined on stage by friend and musical mentor John Mayer.
The singer also recently stopped by The Ellen Show to talk about his recent experience with the royals, specifically playing for Queen Elizabeth on her 92nd birthday. It was, in a word, awkward. Let’s hope Mendes performance at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards is less intimidating and includes less monarchy rules.