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Dont Start Now
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Dont Start Now

Dua Lipa
Album:
Future Nostalgia

Song Meaning of Don't Start Now by Dua Lipa, and what it is about


Lyrically, Lipa extols her independence and tells an ex-boyfriend to put their relationship in the past.


The same writers who worked with Dua Lipa to create her 2017 single "New Rules" created "Don't Start Now": Caroline Ailin, Emily Warren, and Ian Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick wrote the song in response to Joe Kentish's challenge to replicate the success of "New Rules" in late 2018 as the A&R head at Lipa's record company Warner Records.


After Warren invited Ailin and Kirkpatrick to her home in Wyoming to attend a disco event where music including Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" (1978) was played, the first composing session took place.


The following morning, they decided to write a disco song because "it's the most fun to dance to" as a result of that evening. The basic idea for the song was inspired by Ailin's sense of obligation to her former after their relationship. In addition, Kirkpatrick collaborated with producer J Kash to find the song's sound, which evolved into a back-and-forth between disco and 1980s music.


The song received nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. On both the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100, the song reached at number two.


Lyrics of Don't Start Now by Dua Lipa


If you don't wanna see me

 

Did a full one-eighty, crazy

Thinking 'bout the way I was

Did the heartbreak change me? Maybe

But look at where I ended up

I'm all good already

So moved on, it's scary

I'm not where you left me at all, so

 

If you don't wanna see me dancing with somebody

If you wanna believe that anything could stop me

 

Don't show up, don't come out

Don't start caring about me now

Walk away, you know how

Don't start caring about me now

 

Aren't you the guy who tried to

Hurt me with the word "goodbye"?

Though it took some time to survive you

I'm better on the other side

I'm all good already

So moved on, it's scary

I'm not where you left me at all, so

 

If you don't wanna see me dancing with somebody

If you wanna believe that anything could stop me

(Don't, don't, don't)

 

Don't show up, don't come out

Don't start caring about me now

Walk away, you know how

Don't start caring about me now ('Bout me now, 'bout me)

 

Up, up

Don't come out, out, out

Don't show up, up, up

Don't start now (Oh)

Up, up

Don't come out, out

I'm not where you left me at all, so

 

If you don't wanna see me dancing with somebody

If you wanna believe that anything could stop me

 

Don't show up (Don't show up), don't come out (Don't come out)

Don't start caring about me now ('Bout me now)

Walk away (Walk away), you know how (You know how)

Don't start caring about me now (So)

 

Up, up

Don't come out, out, out

Don't show up, up, up

Walk away, walk away (So)

Up, up

Don't come out, out, out

Don't show up, up, up

Walk away, walk away, oh

Release Date

2019

Songwriter/s

Dua Lipa, Caroline Ailin, Emily Warren, Ian Kirkpatrick

Producer/s

Ian Kirkpatrick

Label/s

Warner

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