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Love Yourself
Song

Love Yourself

Justin Bieber
Album:
Purpose

Song Meaning and Background of Love Yourself by Justin Bieber


Ed Sheeran, Benjamin Levin, and Justin Bieber wrote the song. The song's lyrics are a kiss-off to a selfish ex-lover who harmed the protagonist.


Bieber shared insights into the song, saying: "It's just me and a guitar. Basically that's how I started, playing on the street with a guitar." About Sheeran, he said: "I think he's one of the most talented writers in the game right now, so just to have his input and his stories and our stories and match them up together and say 'What have you been through?,' and telling the same story."


Bieber said "Love Yourself" is "definitely about someone in my past, someone who I don't want to put on blast," he described the song as "cool because so many people can resonate with that because how many women do we bring back that mom doesn't really necessarily like?."


The song earned Justin Bieber's third straight number-one single on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. In fifteen nations, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, New Zealand, and Sweden, "Love Yourself" was the number-one song.


Lyrics of Love Yourself by Justin Bieber


For all the times that you rained on my parade

And all the clubs you get in using my name

You think you broke my heart, oh, girl for goodness' sake

You think I'm cryin' on my own. Well, I ain't

 

And I didn't wanna write a song

'Cause I didn't want anyone thinking I still care. I don't

But you still hit my phone up

And, baby, I'll be movin' on

And I think you should be somethin' I don't wanna hold back

Maybe you should know that

 

My mama don't like you and she likes everyone

And I never like to admit that I was wrong

And I've been so caught up in my job

Didn't see what's going on

But now I know

I'm better sleeping on my own

 

'Cause if you like the way you look that much

Oh, baby, you should go and love yourself

And if you think that I'm still holdin' on to somethin'

You should go and love yourself

 

But when you told me that you hated my friends

The only problem was with you and not them

And every time you told me my opinion was wrong

And tried to make me forget where I came from

 

And I didn't wanna write a song

'Cause I didn't want anyone thinking I still care. I don't

But you still hit my phone up

And, baby, I'll be movin' on

And I think you should be somethin' I don't wanna hold back

Maybe you should know that

 

My mama don't like you and she likes everyone

And I never like to admit that I was wrong

And I've been so caught up in my job

Didn't see what's going on

But now I know

I'm better sleeping on my own

 

'Cause if you like the way you look that much

Oh, baby, you should go and love yourself

And if you think that I'm still holdin' on to somethin'

You should go and love yourself

 

For all the times that you made me feel small

I fell in love. Now I feel nothin' at all

I never felt so low and I was vulnerable

Was I a fool to let you break down my walls?

 

'Cause if you like the way you look that much

Oh, baby, you should go and love yourself

And if you think that I'm still holdin' on to somethin'

You should go and love yourself

 

'Cause if you like the way you look that much

Oh, baby, you should go and love yourself

And if you think (you think) that I'm (that I'm) still holdin' on (holdin' on) to somethin'

You should go and love yourself

Release Date

2015

Songwriter/s

Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin, Ed Sheeran

Producer/s

Benny Blanco

Label/s

Def Jam

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