Shawn Mendes is finding himself at odds — in his relationship, and simultaneously, with the world. With recent headlines surrounding Mendes’ personal life, as well as contemporary global issues, his latest single, “What The Hell Are We Dying For,” feels more timely than ever.
On the song, Shawn questions the state of a relationship and where it’s going, over a rolling percussion loop and clashing guitars.
“If we don’t love like we used to / And we don’t care like we used to / What the hell are we dying for?,” he sings on the song’s chorus.
Mendes actually only just started writing the song yesterday in response to the wildfire in Canada; Mendes himself is Canadian, so it’s likely the wildfire hits close to home for him. He explained on social media shortly after the single dropped, “Started writing this song yesterday morning with my friends in upstate Newyork & finished it only a few hours ago..felt so important to me to share with you guys in real time.”
WHAT THE HELL ARE WE DYING FOR ? OUT NOW
Started writing this song yesterday morning with my friends in upstate Newyork & finished it only a few hours ago..felt so important to me to share with you guys in real time ♥️♥️ https://t.co/9ODeE5v5FB pic.twitter.com/S3HUpk672s
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) June 9, 2023
Furthermore, Mendes will be donating to the Canadian Red Cross to assist people most impacted by the wildfires.
You can listen to “What The Hell Are We Dying For” above?