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

Looking Back

by Edgar A. Guest

I might have been rich if I'd wanted the gold
instead of the friendships I've made.
I might have had fame if I'd sought for renown
in the hours when I purposely played.
Now I'm standing to-day on the far edge of life,
and I'm just looking backward to see
What I've done with the years and the days that were mine,
and all that has happened to me.

I haven't built much of a fortune to leave
to those who shall carry my name,
And nothing I've done shall entitle me now
to a place on the tablets of fame.
But I've loved the great sky and its spaces of blue;
I've lived with the birds and the trees;
I've turned from the splendor of silver and gold
to share in such pleasures as these.

I've given my time to the children who came;
together we've romped and we've played,
And I wouldn't exchange the glad hours spent
with them for the money that I might have made.
I chose to be known and be loved by the few,
and was deaf to the plaudits of men;
And I'd make the same choice should the chance
come to me to live my life over again.

I've lived with my friends and I've shared in their joys,
known sorrow with all of its tears;
I have harvested much from my acres of life,
though some say I've squandered my years.
For much that is fine has been mine to enjoy,
and I think I have lived to my best,
And I have no regret, as I'm nearing the end,
for the gold that I might have possessed.

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.