So folks! This will be my point of view on Something’s gotta give of our beautiful Cuban debut album. I want to point out that it’s just my theory about, if you’re not a fan of Camren, please do not bother reading and then criticizing me, I love to debate about, but I will not tolerate swearing or any kind of offense in my post. If that happens, I’ll block you, so behave.
Since I heard IKWYDLS, I’ve been looking for interviews between her and Shawn, backstage and everything, and it’s precisely because of one of those interviews that for me, Something’s gotta give is about Camren’s breakup at the end of 2015. This interview is from December, is so dated on YouTube, and at 4:00 PM Camila explains her side of what music means to her.
I’m not claiming that Lauren betrayed Camz, I think the fact that both seem to be in a relationship without a denomination for it, ended up leaving the insecurities ever more exposed. As much of Camila as of Lauren, it is enough to see the first interviews of the girls where both they were jealous of A, N and D.
Maybe Lauren was jealous of Camz because of her proximity to Shawn, maybe she was unsure if he could provide a more comfortable situation for Camilla, or even that Camz herself would get emotionally involved for him to the point where Lauren thought she was to leave emotionally was the best option, looking for, give way to meet new people. I really do not know. Then we have the first verse of the song.
Loving you, I thought I
couldn’t get no higher
Your November rain could set the night on fire, night on fire
But we could only burn so long
Counterfeit emotions only run skin deep
Know you’re lying when you’re lying next to me, next to me
How did we get so far gone?
The reference to the November Rain song by Guns N'Roses for me shows a lot of her perspective on this relationship
November Rain lyric
look into your eyes, I can see a love restrained
But darlin’, when I hold you, don’t you know I feel the same?
‘Cause nothing lasts forever
And we both know hearts can change
And it’s hard to hold a candle
In the cold November rain
In the first verse of SGG, I understand that when they were alone, Camz wanted Lauren to make sure she was feeling the same resentful love that could be reflected in Lauren’s gaze and that the love they were feeling could burn for a long time, even with the false emotions running between them (for me, the clear attempt to seem only friends).
Next, she says that she knows that Lauren is lying, even lying next to her, is hiding things she should not, since even without a label, were in the middle of a relationship; and how they let things go so far.
In contrast, the lyrics of November Rain says that “nothing lasts forever and that both know that feelings can change and can not hold a candle in the rain”, in other words, you can not maintain a love without trust in other, or in the effort of the other.
And the chorus comes
Something’s gotta give,
something’s gotta break
But all I do is give, and all you do is take
Something’s gotta change, but I know that it won’t
No reason to stay is a good reason to go
Is a good reason to go, ooh
Camila seems to be sure that she has to find a way, break the tie with Lauren because she is tired of giving and not having anything back, she knows that something needs to change, but that they will not, so there is no reason to remain in that relationship.
On NR lyric
In NR the chorus warns that “the person in question needs some time alone, to reflect and that everyone needs this time alone.” Comparing with SGG, I see that Camila decided to break this loop so that Lauren could take time to deal with all your feelings and really find out what you wanted, as well as end all the suffering you were feeling.
Faced with this, I continue to the second stanza, with a new interview on IKWYDLS.
never heard a silence quite so loud
I walk in the room and you don’t make a sound, make a sound
You’re good at making me feel small
If it doesn’t hurt me, why do I still cry?
If it didn’t kill me, then I’m half alive, half alive
How did we get so far gone?
Analyzing the interview and the letter, there was a clear lack of communication or opportunity for this communication to take place between them, further hindering the troubled relationship throughout the industry in general. Maybe it really was very difficult to talk to each other, because they could be caught, maybe the management was making it even more difficult. Even trying to overcome this “problem” Camila is still hurt and again wonder how they let it go so far.
P.S This part of the communication to me also applies in Consequences in the second stanza. Besides, I always wondered if what the management was talking about with one came to the other. Perhaps what Lauren knew of what management wanted or restricted, she did not tell Camila and vice versa, so communication would be full of misinterpretations.
There, in NR
been through this such a long, long time
Just trying to kill the pain
But lovers always come and lovers always go
And no one’s really sure who’s lettin’ go today
If we could take the time to lay it on the line
I could rest my head, just knowin’ that you were mine
So, if you want to love me
Then darlin’, don’t refrain
Or I’ll just end up walking
In the cold November rain
In contrast to SGG, this stanza makes clear the possibility of the breakup, the saturation of a relationship that is no longer secure but that if they had in a situation other than the industry, perhaps they could rest and enjoy this love without worry. The next part is like an ultimatum that if the person wants to love, to do it without delay, otherwise he will continue alone in the November rain.
Camila follows SGG
I should know by now, you
should know by now
I think I’m breaking right now, ooh
I should know by now, you should know by now
I think I’m breaking right now
They should know that things were already going down a bad path, so Camila breaks, falls apart, knowing that there is no other way to deal with the situation, but to move away.
it’s hard to keep an open heart
When even friends seem out to harm you
But if you could heal a broken heart
Wouldn’t time be out to charm you
Camila understands Lauren’s conflict in taking on something with her, even if her friends do not help her, but if Lauren could fix her heart, there would be no spell on her. And although SGG is finished, I feel that Camila left the reference of NR just to see what comes next on her journey, not even adding to her music, but using another to show us.
And when your fears
subside, and shadows still remain
I know that you can love me, when there’s no one left to blame
So, never mind the darkness
We still can find a way
'Cause nothin’ lasts forever
Even cold November rain
Camila knows that when things get in the way, that Lauren will be able to love her without guilt, because even in the dark, they can still find a way, because nothing lasts forever, including the November rain.
Now let me add her recent interview on youtube live, let’s talk about her a little bit.
In the minute 47:24 She starts saying that SGG “it’s a lot” means a lot for her and for a few seconds you can see a nostalgic Camila about what this song actually represents.
The fact that she thinks of putting SGG as the last song in the initial THTHTL shows me that this song is the end of Healing so much talked about by her, and that from then on she would be cured of her pains. Here we also see the toxic side of the relationship and when she decided that it was not good for her anymore, however, it is one of the songs that represents what she experienced, something that was good for a while.
I think the same way that Camila’s feelings changed as she added new songs to the album, the whole performance of her changed a lot too. Before it was the phases of her journey, they still are, but now I see something more vibrant and just as before she was hurt by her relationship with Lauren, today I believe things are calmer as in that last stanza of November Rain.
So the explanation of having changed the name of the album, all the fandom knew it would be for Lauren, but maybe because she thought the fans would detonate Lolo, blaming her for her suffering, Camila said she did not want people to credit her anymore. representation of your album “to that person”. For me, during the middle of 2017 Camren returned to good and apparently in a more focused and communicative way.
Let me know what do you think, guys and sorry for some mistakes :D