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Here, Olivia Rodrigo sings of navigating a back-and-forth relationship with a moody boyfriend. The dude is totally inconsistent – some days he's happy and she's the love of his life, then something petty will make him go mad. She feels their romance isn't progressing; whenever she feels it's taking a step forward, a sudden and illogical outburst of anger sends it three steps back.

The guy's inconsistent behavior is making Rodrigo wonder if there's something wrong with her. Never doubted myself so much Like, am I pretty? Am I fun, boy? I hate that I give you power over that kinda stuff The singer sang of similar feelings of inadequacy on "Drivers License," where she compares herself to her ex's new girlfriend. And you're probably with that blonde girl Who always made me doubt She's so much older than me She's everything I'm insecure about

So why does Olivia stay with the moody dude? She sings in the second verse of how the emotional roller coaster ride he is giving her is a turn on. And maybe in some masochistic way I kind of find it all exciting Like which lover will I get today? Will you walk me to the door or send me home cryin'?

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