In a statement, Rodrigo said the song is about a toxic relationship that can drain energy from the rest of your life.
“I was upset about a certain situation and went to the studio alone and sat down at the grand piano, and the chords and melody and lyrics just poured out of me — almost like an out-of-body experience,” she said. “It’s a song about feeling confused and hurt, and at first I thought it was meant to be a piano ballad. But when [producer] Dan [Nigro] and I started working on it, we juxtaposed the lyrics with these big drums and crazy tempo changes. So now it’s like a heartbreak song you can dance to.”
Nigro also produced Rodrigo’s debut album, SOUR, which went 4x platinum in the U.S. and featured two No. 1 singles in “Drivers License” and “Good 4 U.” The artist won three Grammys in 2022 for best new artist, best pop vocal album, and best pop solo performance.