The Meaning Behind Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” Lyrics
Laura Lee - January 22, 2020

Changes

By Greta Zwaan

I sought for joy in peace, and rest to ease my weary mind,
Stressed out by such a heavy load, rest I just had to find.
My endurance could hold no more, my limits had been met,
I needed time to stand aside, sweet time to just forget.

But where to find the road to peace, an obscure trait to me;
My hectic lifestyle can't comprehend a way to set time free.
I've always rushed from A to B with no side glace allowed,
I had my life so well controlled; in truth, I felt quite proud.

No one could tell me what to do, I was a self-made man;
My schedules were controlled by me, I had a thorough plan.
'Twas good when all things went my way and no one interfered;
I had no one to answer to, my way was always cleared.

But years of this brought me no joy, though fortunes I'd amassed;
It seemed that all the things I owned would oh, so soon be past.
I had no friends that knew my plight, I kept myself at bay,
They all had troubles of their own; besides, what could they say?

They envied me with all my wealth, they never saw my pain,
I had life altogether, what more was there to gain?
But loneliness is terrible and emptiness is sad,
There seems no purpose for each day, no reason to be glad.

So now I wait; why? I don't know, but life for me must change.
There must be more than fortunes, a way to rearrange.
There has to be a purpose, and someone surely knows,
Why life is complicated, and days so full of woes.

Perhaps you have the answer, perhaps you know the route,
Perhaps you've traveled here before; if so, please help me out.
If need be, I'll be patient, I'll even take advice;
I'll gladly make the changes, no matter what the price.

I don't need independence, I've had my round of that;
I long for understanding, to know just where I'm at.
Someday I hope to thank you because you saw my need,
Perhaps with greater meaning, with purpose, not with greed.

I don't know how I got here, what lies ahead of me,
I'm grateful there'll be changes, I'm grateful to be free.

Lizzo has been nominated for tons of Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year. Lizzo’s songs have gained so much love and hype over the past year that it isn’t so much of a surprise that the artist is up for so many awards. “Truth Hurts” dominated the charts all through 2019. And if you dig even deeper into the lyrics, it’s a lot of drama.

 

Back in August 2019, Lizzo trademarked the phrase “100% that b***h,” causing anger after a 2017 tweet came out. @MinaLioness tweeted the original lyrics that Lizzo was trying to trademark. Clearly, there was a problem. Mina went to Twitter and accused Lizzo of ignoring her attempts to get credit.

 

 

And, interestingly enough, Mina also shared that the original inspiration for the lyrics came from Demi Lovato tweeting that she’s “1% African.”

 

Month laters, producer and songwriter Justin Raisen claimed he also deserved a percentage of Lizzo’s royalties and was “shut down every time.” Lizzo went on Instagram and posted that memes stemming from Mina’s tweet were the inspiration for her lyric. But the rest of the song was all her doing.

 

After that post, Mina went to Twitter to praise Lizzo.