True Blue
Boygenius Lyrics


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You said you wanted to feel alive
So we went to the beach
You were born in July, '95
In a deadly heat
You say you're a winter bitch
But summer's in your blood
You can't help but become the sun
When you moved to Chicago
You were spinning out
When you don't know who you are
You fuck around and find out
When you called me from the train
Water freezing in your eyes
You were happy and I wasn't surprised

And it feels good to be known so well
I can't hide from you like I hide from myself

Now you're moving in
Breaking a sweat on your upper lip
And getting pissed about humidity
And the leaky faucet
You already hurt my feelings three times
In the way only you could

But it feels good to be known so well
I can't hide from you like I hide from myself
I remember who I am when I'm with you
Your love is tough, your love is tried and true blue, ooh

You've never done me wrong
Except for that one time
That we don't talk about
Because it doesn't matter anymore
Who won the fight?
I don't know
We're not keeping score

And it feels good to be known so well
I can't hide from you like I hide from myself




I remember who I am when I'm with you
Your love is tough, your love is tried and true blue

Overall Meaning

In Boygenius's song "True Blue," the lyrics spin a story about a relationship that survives the ups and downs of life. The opening lines suggest adventure, with an effort to feel alive by going to the beach. The verse highlights the detail of the love interest, born in a deadly heat in July '95, setting the mood for their powerful personality that comes through later. The line "you're a winter bitch, but summer's in your blood" is an elaborate way of saying that the person contradicts themselves, but has eagerness for life.


The second verse tells the story of the person moving to Chicago and struggling to find direction in life. The line "when you don't know who you are, you fuck around and find out" is a punchy reminder that it's easy to lose direction and fall into bad habits. The phone call from the train reveals that the person is happy, despite the complications of life, and the singer isn't surprised because they know their partner so well. The line "and it feels good to be known so well, I can't hide from you like I hide from myself" captures the vulnerability and honesty of the relationship; the singer trusts their partner, which in turn strengthens their connection.


The chorus encapsulates the idea that the relationship allows for openness and self-discovery. The line "your love is tough, your love is tried and true blue" implies that the person has been through difficulties but has remained steadfast and dependable throughout. The final verse brings closure to the song, highlighting that forgiveness and acceptance have been integral parts of the relationship. It shows that the past is not dictating the future, that they're comfortable with their flaws, and that the relationship is strong despite the minor skirmishes.


Line by Line Meaning

You said you wanted to feel alive
You expressed the desire to experience life to the fullest


So we went to the beach
We traveled to the oceanfront to soak in the sun and sea


You were born in July, '95
You were born in July 1995


In a deadly heat
During a scorching hot season


You say you're a winter bitch
You've claimed to prefer colder weather


But summer's in your blood
Despite what you say, you truly enjoy the summertime


You can't help but become the sun
You radiate warmth and joy, just like the sun


When you moved to Chicago
Upon your relocation to Chicago


You were spinning out
You felt lost or overwhelmed


When you don't know who you are
When you lack a sense of self or personal identity


You fuck around and find out
You engage in risky behavior or experimentation to figure things out


When you called me from the train
When you contacted me while on a train


Water freezing in your eyes
Tears forming in your eyes, chilled by the air


You were happy and I wasn't surprised
You were content with your current situation and I expected as much


Now you're moving in
Now you're living with me or becoming closer to me


Breaking a sweat on your upper lip
You're perspiring, particularly on your upper lip


And getting pissed about humidity
You're frustrated about the amount of moisture in the air


And the leaky faucet
You're angry about a faucet that's dripping water


You already hurt my feelings three times
You've already caused me emotional pain or upset on three separate occasions


In the way only you could
Using a unique and distinct method


But it feels good to be known so well
It's comforting to be fully understood by someone


I can't hide from you like I hide from myself
You see through my defenses and self-deception in a way that I cannot


I remember who I am when I'm with you
Being around you reminds me of my true identity


Your love is tough, your love is tried and true blue, ooh
Your love is resilient, proven, and unwavering


You've never done me wrong
You've never intentionally harmed or wronged me


Except for that one time
With the exception of a single instance


That we don't talk about
Something that we avoid discussing


Because it doesn't matter anymore
Because it's no longer important or relevant


Who won the fight?
Which of us emerged victorious from the argument or disagreement?


I don't know
I'm unsure of the answer


We're not keeping score
We're not keeping track of our past actions or mistakes




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@jaydenketter3426

You said you wanted to feel alive
So we went to the beach
You were born in July, '95
In a deadly heat
You say you're a winter bitch
But summer's in your blood
You can't help but become the sun
When you moved to Chicago
You were spinning out
When you don't know who you are
You fuck around and find out
When you called me from the train
Water freezing in your eyes
You were happy and I wasn't surprised
And it feels good to be known so well
I can't hide from you like I hide from myself
Now you're moving in
Breaking a sweat on your upper lip
And getting pissed about humidity
And the leaky faucet
You already hurt my feelings three times
In the way only you could
But it feels good to be known so well
I can't hide from you like I hide from myself
I remember who I am when I'm with you
Your love is tough, your love is tried and true blue, ooh
You've never done me wrong
Except for that one time
That we don't talk about
Because it doesn't matter anymore
Who won the fight?
I don't know
We're not keeping score
And it feels good to be known so well
I can't hide from you like I hide from myself
I remember who I am when I'm with you
Your love is tough, your love is tried and true blue



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big day for lesbians

@fevolenko3995

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@MrMisuma

Big day for us all.

@alessandrob.g.4524

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@Emp158

@@alessandrob.g.4524 cause lesbians are the main demographic of their music lmao

@belturbet4

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@Ashley-ku7is

"I can't hide from you like I hide from myself" is so beautiful I want to cry.

@clore6886

this and 'i remember who i am when i'm with you'<3

@aletheia_lethe47

i almost cried when lucy looked down and saw julien also standing there. the awe and relief and joy are palpable.

@alethiamcgarvey282

Hey! My name is Alethia! Pleasure to say hey to another:)

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