Bad Reputation
Shawn Mendes Lyrics


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She got a bad reputation
She takes the long way home
And all of my friends seen her naked
Or so the story goes
Mistakes we all make them
But they won't let it go, no
'Cause she's got a bad reputation
But I know what they don't, mhm

And I don't care what they say about you baby
They don't know what you've been through
Trust me, I could be the one to treat you like a lady
Let me see what's underneath, all I need is you

She got a bad reputation
Nobody gets too close
A sight of a soul when it's breaking
Making my heart grow cold
And into the deeper she's sinking
I'm begging her please don't let go
She's got a bad reputation
But she's all that, all I want though, mhm yeah

And I don't care what they say about you baby
They don't know what you've been through
And trust me, I could be the one to treat you like a lady
Let me see what's underneath, all I need is you

Ah, ah, ah-ooh
Ah, ah, ah-ooh (oh)
Nobody knows the way that I know her, said
Nobody knows the weight that's on her shoulders, said
Nobody knows the way that I know her, said
She got it bad, she got it bad
Nobody knows the way that I know her, said
Nobody knows the weight that's on her shoulders, said
Nobody knows the way that I know her, said
She got it bad, she got it bad

And I don't care what they say about you baby (yeah)
They don't know what you've been through (yeah)
Trust me, I could be the one to treat you like a lady (I don't wanna, I don't wanna)
Let me see what's underneath, all I need is you (all I need is you)

And I don't care what they say about you baby (all I need is you)
They don't know what you've been through (all I need is you)
Trust me, I could be the one to treat you like a lady
Let me see what's underneath, all I need is you





She got a bad reputation
She takes the long way home

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Shawn Mendes's song Bad Reputation tell the story of a girl who is judged and ostracized by her peers because of her supposed promiscuity or wild behavior. Mendes sings about how all his friends have seen her naked, but he wants to see past her bad reputation and get to know her better. He acknowledges that everyone makes mistakes, but society holds certain people to higher standards than others. Despite her bad reputation, Mendes knows there's more to her than meets the eye, and he wants her to know that he sees her for who she truly is.


The chorus of the song is especially poignant, as Mendes sings about not caring what others say about her because they don't know what she's been through. He wants to treat her with respect and kindness, to "let me see what's underneath." The bridge of the song repeats the phrase "nobody knows the way that I know her" several times, emphasizing the idea that only he can truly understand her and what she's going through. Overall, the song is a powerful reflection on judgment and the importance of seeing people for who they truly are, regardless of their reputation.


Line by Line Meaning

She got a bad reputation
People think negatively about her because of her past actions


She takes the long way home
She avoids confronting her problems or past mistakes


And all of my friends seen her naked
Rumors have spread about her intimate life, and many people have heard about it


Or so the story goes
The credibility of the rumors is questionable


Mistakes we all make them
Everyone has made errors in judgement or actions before


But they won't let it go, no
Others judge her harshly and won't forgive or forget her past mistakes


'Cause she's got a bad reputation
Her negative image has been established, and people tend to believe the worst about her


But I know what they don't
Despite her reputation, the artist believes that there is good in her that others cannot see


And I don't care what they say about you baby
The artist is sympathetic to her situation and is not affected by others' opinions


They don't know what you've been through
Others do not understand her past experiences and the reasons behind her actions


Trust me, I could be the one to treat you like a lady
The singer believes he can offer her a better future and different treatment from what she has experienced before


Let me see what's underneath, all I need is you
The artist is interested in seeing the real, vulnerable side of her and wants to pursue a relationship with her


Nobody gets too close
People are hesitant to form close relationships with her because of her reputation


A sight of a soul when it's breaking
The singer sees that she is struggling internally and is breaking down emotionally


Making my heart grow cold
The singer is worried about her problems and feels emotionally distant because of them


And into the deeper she's sinking
Her problems are becoming more severe and difficult to overcome


I'm begging her please don't let go
The artist cares for her deeply and wants to help her through her struggles


She's got a bad reputation
Her reputation is still a barrier to forming positive relationships and overcoming her problems


But she's all that, all I want though
The singer is still attracted to her and wants to pursue a relationship despite her reputation and struggles


Nobody knows the way that I know her, said
The artist has a unique insight into her personality and situation that others do not have


Nobody knows the weight that's on her shoulders, said
Her problems are not understood or acknowledged by others


She got it bad, she got it bad
Her problems are severe and difficult to overcome




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Peermusic Publishing
Written by: Geoffrey Warburton, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes

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