No Promises
Shawn Mendes Lyrics


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Staring out my hotel window
Too much on my mind
Maybe we should keep it simple
We don't have to decide
Oh no, we don't need to over-complicate it
'Cause I've been here once before don't even say it

Baby, please no promises (whoa)
'Cause we won't keep our promises (whoa)
And I know the consequences (whoa)
So baby please, baby please no promises

I've never been a fan of heartbreak
So tell me what you want
Take my hands across your body
We don't have to hold on
Oh no, we don't need to over-complicate it
'Cause I've been here once before don't even say it

Baby, please no promises (whoa)
'Cause we won't keep our promises (whoa)
And I know the consequences (whoa)
So baby please, baby please no promises

'Cause I've living only for this moment
And I don't wanna let it slip away
I've been living only for this moment
And I don't know how much that I can take, yeah

Baby, please no promises (whoa)
'Cause we won't keep our promises (whoa)
And I know the consequences (whoa)
So baby please, baby please no promises

Yeah baby, please no promises, yeah
Oh, baby, please no promises




Baby, please
Baby, please no promises

Overall Meaning

The lyrics in Shawn Mendes's "No Promises" speak of a relationship that is being taken as it comes and not being overthought or overly complicated. The singer is contemplating their current situation while looking out a hotel window with "too much on their mind." They suggest taking things simple and not making promises, because in the past they've been in similar situations and know the consequences of broken promises. The refrain "baby please no promises" is repeated throughout the song as a plea to their partner, emphasizing the importance of not overcomplicating things.


The singer admits that they've never been a fan of heartbreak and wants to know what their partner wants to avoid miscommunication or misunderstandings. They suggest enjoying the moment without holding on too tightly. The lines "living only for this moment and I don't wanna let it slip away" highlights the singer's desire to enjoy the present and not focus on the future.


The song's message is a familiar trope in popular music - "live for the moment" and don't overthink things. Overall, "No Promises" is a catchy, upbeat song that showcases Mendes's impressive vocal range.


Line by Line Meaning

Staring out my hotel window
Opening line describing the singer's state of mind; introspective and lost in thought.


Too much on my mind
Feeling overwhelmed with thoughts and emotions.


Maybe we should keep it simple
Suggesting simplicity is the best approach to their situation.


We don't have to decide
Assuring the other person that they don't need to make any decisions right now.


Oh no, we don't need to over-complicate it
Acknowledging that they are in a tricky situation, but insisting that they don't need to make it harder than it already is.


'Cause I've been here once before don't even say it
The singer has had this experience before and doesn't want to hear the other person make promises they can't keep.


Baby please no promises
Asking the other person to not make any promises about the future.


'Cause we won't keep our promises
Reminding the other person that they have a track record of not following through on promises.


And I know the consequences
Aware of the potential outcome if they make promises they can't keep.


I've never been a fan of heartbreak
The artist has experienced heartbreak before and is not interested in going through it again.


So tell me what you want
Asking the other person to communicate their needs or desires.


Take my hands across your body
Physical touch is a way of intimacy, so the artist is suggesting this as a way to create a connection.


We don't have to hold on
No need to rush into anything; take things slow.


'Cause I've been here once before don't even say it
Repeating that the singer has had this experience before and doesn't want to be let down.


'Cause I've living only for this moment
Living in the present and not worrying about the future.


And I don't wanna let it slip away
The artist values the moment they are in and doesn't want it to end.


I've been living only for this moment
Prioritizing the current moment and not thinking too much about the future.


And I don't know how much that I can take, yeah
Unsure of how much more they can handle emotionally.


Yeah baby no promises, yeah
Repeat of earlier sentiment; don't make promises about the future.


Oh baby please no promises
Final plea to not make any promises that can't be kept.


Baby please, baby please no promises
Closing statement that underscores just how important this sentiment is to the artist.




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

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