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Issues
Julia Michaels Lyrics


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I'm jealous, I'm overzealous
When I'm down, I get real down
When I'm high, I don't come down
I get angry, baby, believe me
I could love you just like that
And I could leave you just this fast

But you don't judge me
'Cause if you did, baby, I would judge you too
No, you don't judge me
'Cause if you did, baby, I would judge you too

'Cause I've got issues
But you've got 'em too
So give 'em all to me
And I'll give mine to you
Bask in the glory
Of all our problems
'Cause we've got the kind of love
It takes to solve them

Yeah, I've got issues
And one of them is how bad I need ya

You do shit on purpose
You get mad and you break things
Feel bad, try to fix things
But you're perfect
Poorly wired circuit
And got hands like an ocean
Push you out, pull you back in

'Cause you don't judge me
'Cause if you did, baby, I would judge you too
No, you don't judge me
'Cause you see it from same point of view

'Cause I've got issues
But you've got 'em too
So give 'em all to me
And I'll give mine to you
Bask in the glory
Of all our problems
'Cause we've got the kind of love
It takes to solve them

Yeah, I've got issues
And one of them is how bad I need ya

(I've got issues, you've got 'em too)
And one of them is how bad I need ya
(I've got issues, you've got 'em too)

'Cause I've got issues (I've got)
But you've got 'em too
So give 'em all to me (you've got 'em too)
And I'll give mine to you
Bask in the glory (I've got issues)
Of all our problems
'Cause we've got the kind of love (you've got 'em too)
It takes to solve them

Yeah, I've got issues (I've got)
And one of them is how bad I need ya (you've got 'em too)
Yeah, I've got issues (I've got issues)
And one of them is how bad I need ya (you've got 'em too)
Yeah, I've got issues (I've got)
And one of them is how bad I need ya

Overall Meaning

The song "Issues" by Julia Michaels is a confession of two people in love, who admit they both have flaws and issues but find solace in each other's acceptance of those flaws. The singer acknowledges that she is prone to intense emotional changes, experiencing both high and low moods, and can get jealous and overzealous, but she can also love and leave people quickly. She confides in her partner, who doesn't judge her, and she, in turn, won't judge them either. The singer then admits that her partner deliberately does things to make her mad and break things, but she still loves them because they're perfectly imperfect like her, both acknowledging that their relationship is far from perfect but have the kind of love that is strong enough to solve their issues.


The chorus, "I've got issues, and one of them is how bad I need ya," underlines that the singer knows the issues in their relationship, but they still love their partner and need them in their lives. The song's deep meaning is that everyone has flaws and issues they're trying to navigate, but accepting and loving each other despite them is what counts in a healthy relationship.


Line by Line Meaning

I'm jealous, I'm overzealous
I have a tendency to become envious and overly zealous at times


When I'm down, I get real down
I feel extremely low and hopeless when I'm feeling sad


When I'm high, I don't come down
When I'm feeling ecstatic and on top of the world, I don't want that feeling to end


I get angry, baby, believe me
I easily become upset and frustrated, trust me on this


I could love you just like that
I'm capable of falling deeply in love very quickly


And I could leave you just this fast
But I could also end the relationship abruptly and walk away just as quickly


But you don't judge me
You don't criticize or look down on me for my flaws and mistakes


'Cause if you did, baby, I would judge you too
If you were to judge me, I would feel the need to judge you as well


'Cause I've got issues
I have my own set of problems and shortcomings


But you've got 'em too
But, you also have your own issues and challenges to face


So give 'em all to me
Share your problems with me, let me be there for you


And I'll give mine to you
And in turn, I'll share my issues with you and allow you to be there for me


Bask in the glory
Embrace the ups and downs that we have together and make the most of our time


Of all our problems
Despite the difficulties we face, let's enjoy each moment together


'Cause we've got the kind of love
Our love is strong enough to overcome the obstacles we face


It takes to solve them
We are capable of working together to solve any issues we encounter


You do shit on purpose
Sometimes, you deliberately do things to upset me


You get mad and you break things
When you get angry, you sometimes resort to destructive behavior


But you're perfect
You may have flaws, but to me, you are still perfect


Poorly wired circuit
You may struggle with your emotions and reactions, but it's just a part of who you are


And got hands like an ocean
You have the ability to both push me away and bring me in with equal strength


Push you out, pull you back in
You may have a push-pull effect on me, but I still love you regardless


'Cause you see it from same point of view
You understand my perspective on things and don't judge me for it


And one of them is how bad I need ya
One of my issues is just how much I rely on and need you in my life


I've got issues (I've got)
I acknowledge that I have my own set of problems


And one of them is how bad I need ya (you've got 'em too)
One of my biggest problems is how much I depend on you, but I know you also have your own challenges to face




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Peermusic Publishing, WORDS & MUSIC A DIV OF BIG DEAL MUSIC LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, Benny Blanco, Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen

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LifeofMeg

***lyrics***
I'm jealous, I'm overzealous
When I'm down, I get real down
When I'm high, I don't come down
I get angry, baby, believe me
I could love you just like that
And I could leave you just as fast

But you don't judge me
'Cause if you did, baby, I would judge you too
No, you don't judge me
'Cause if you did, baby, I would judge you too

'Cause I got issues
But you got 'em too
So give 'em all to me
And I'll give mine to you
Bask in the glory
Of all our problems
'Cause we got the kind of love
It takes to solve 'em

Yeah, I got issues
And one of them is how bad I need you

You do shit on purpose
You get mad and you break things
Feel bad, try to fix things
But you're perfect
Poorly wired circuit
And got hands like an ocean
Push you out, pull you back in

'Cause you don't judge me
'Cause if you did, baby, I would judge you too
No, you don't judge me
'Cause you see it from the same point of view

'Cause I got issues
But you got 'em too
So give 'em all to me
And I'll give mine to you
Bask in the glory
Of all our problems
'Cause we got the kind of love
It takes to solve 'em
Yeah, I got issues
And one of them is how bad I need you

(I got issues, you got 'em too)
And one of them is how bad I need you
(I got issues, you got 'em too)

'Cause I got issues
(I got)
But you got 'em too
So give 'em all to me
(You got 'em too)
And I'll give mine to you
Bask in the glory
(I got issues)
Of all our problems
'Cause we got the kind of love
(You got 'em too)
It takes to solve 'em

Yeah, I got issues (I got)
And one of them is how bad I need you (You got 'em too)
Yeah, I got issues (I got issues)
And one of them is how bad I need you (You got 'em too)
Yeah, I got issues (I got)
And one of them is how bad I need you



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Clean Bandit

Love everything about this song

Brenda Johnson

Except her voice when she thrusts her tongue up causing a nasal sound

Indigo Carr

i love it more.

Stanley

12000th like

Queenie Fortue

​@em !! like twice

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Mermaid Melissa

Ohhhh girlll…. I have played this song so many times! We all worldwide have issues and need to embrace one another. ❤️ love always is worth it to heal.

Lilian Tan

Love is the strongest kind of holy fruits.

Lilian Tan

Love is the strongest kind of holy fruits.

Brittney Strickland

@Laura Bennett hbybbbbbbbbbbbhbh 😮b 😮😮😮b 😮g

Sam Kamhogo

Same here! I love your comment. I have issues and my issues have issues, lol. Makes me think of my shrink (treated for C-PTSD and DID) once told me my problems were not so much due to the bad stuff that did happen, but to the GOOD stuff that did NOT happen. Like Love. Love is the main component of our mind/heart's "immune system".

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