The meaning behind the songs “Tell Me” & “Time”

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I combined these two songs together in this blog post because they’re about the same relationship. Let me take you back to 2012. I was 18, fresh out of High School, thinking I was in a serious relationship, as all young adults do. There was a 5 year age gap between us, making her 23, and she was ready to settle down. I on the other hand, who was no stranger to the idea of love (since I’ve been watching my parents be happily married since I was born) still had a bit of hesitation towards the topic because I knew I had my whole life ahead of me with all my dreams and passions of music, acting and modeling.

Fighting to dedicate time between my career and my relationship, and trying not to neglect anyone, the lyrics to both songs are from different points in the relationship. Tell Me was written originally as a poem after an argument about me not being able to settle down like she wanted. After I recorded the song, I surprised her with it, and we were fine for a little while. Time on the other hand was written after we broke up, but were still slowly trying to work things out. She confessed she set up a date with some guy and didn’t want to cancel on him, so she said after the date I could come over and we can talk. So as I wait at home, watching a movie with my mom, I received a text around 9pm. These are not the exact words, but here’s basically what was said to the best of my recollection:

Yoooooo, wasssssuuupppp

Hey, what’s up? You home yet?

Yeah… sooo, I did something bad…

Ummm, like what?

I had sex with him at his house.

Instantly my heart dropped because to me, it WAS my first REAL relationship, so I couldn’t believe this actually happened. I thought we were good. Oh how naive I was. Naturally I rushed to her house right after, and we talked until the sun came up. I honestly don’t know why, but we kept seeing each other for a few more months after that, but it was never the same. Finally she moved and didn’t give me a key the new apartment, I knew it wasn’t working out any more. One day she invited me over to cuddle and watch a movie, and I find mens clothes on the floor and more items that I could only assume she was either living with someone, or definitely talking to someone. Either way, I finally had to say my final goodbye to the whole situation.

If you’re still reading this, I understand I may look weak in my actions to let a girl get over on me. Looking back on my past, sure, I’m ashamed of how it all went down. But, I was young. I trusted people way too much, and I wanted love so bad I was willing to work through anything. Needless to say, that experience only helped me grow into the man I am today, and I’m thankful for every bit of it. At least I got two great songs out of it! So the next time you listen to either song, pay attention to the lyrics, and try to imagine the story I just told you.

Heres the original artwork for both songs!

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