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


By Shel Silverstein

My dad gave me one dollar bill
'Cause I'm his smartest son,
And I swapped it for two shiny quarters
'Cause two is more than one!

And then I took the quarters
And traded them to Lou
For three dimes -- I guess he didn't know
That three is more than two!

Just then, along came old blind Bates
And just 'cause he can't see
He gave me four nickels for my three dimes,
And four is more than three!

And then I took the nickels to Hiram Coombs
Down at the seed-feed store,
And the fool gave me five pennies for them,
And five is more than four!

And then I went and showed my dad,
And he got red in the cheeks
And closed his eyes and shook his head --
Too proud of me to speak!

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.