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Selena Gomez: Rare 

Baby, you've been so distant from me lately
And lately don't even wanna call you "baby"

Saw us getting older
Burning toast in the toaster
My ambitions were too high
Waiting up for you upstairs
Why you act like I'm not there?
Baby, right now it feels like

It feels like you don't care
Oh, why don't you recognize I'm so rare?
Always there
You don't do the same for me
That's not fair

I don't have it all
I'm not claiming to
But I know that I'm special, yeah
And I'll bet there's somebody else out there
To tell me I'm rare, to make me feel rare

Baby, don't make me count up all the reasons
To stay with you
No reason why you and I are not succeeding
Uh uh

Saw us getting older
Burning toast in the toaster
My ambitions were too high (Too high)
Waiting up for you upstairs
Why you act like I'm not there?
Baby, right now it feels like

It feels like you don't care
Oh, why don't you recognize I'm so rare? (So rare)
Always there
You don't do the same for me
That's not fair

I don't have it all
I'm not claiming to
But I know that I'm special, yeah
And I'll bet there's somebody else out there
To tell me I'm rare, to make me feel rare (Yeah, yeah)

I'm not gonna beg for you
I'm not gonna let you make me cry (Make me cry)
Not getting enough from you
Didn't you know I'm hard to find? (Hard to find)

Saw us getting older
Burning toast in the toaster
My ambitions were too high (too high)
Waiting up for you upstairs
Why you act like I'm not there?
Baby, right now it feels like

It feels like you don't care
Why don't you recognize I'm so rare? (So rare)
I'm always there
You don't do the same for me
That's (That's)
Not (Not)
Fair

I don't have it all (I don't have it all)
I'm not claiming to (I'm not claiming to)
I know that I'm special, yeah
And I'll bet there's somebody else out there
To tell me I'm rare, to make me feel rare
Oh yeah

So rare
(Rare)
(Rare)
 

Interpretation of Rare

The song of Selena Gomez tells about a woman who is gaining confidence and makes clear that she wants her boyfriend to pay more attention to her. She says that he will lose her if he continues ignoring her: “And I’ll bet there’s somebody else out there to tell me I’m rare […]”. That means that she knows how unique she is and that gives her emotional strength:  “I’m not gonna beg for you, I’m not gonna let you make me cry”. 

That was the lyrics only, but what happens when you also take into account the music video? The video shows our female protagonist in a colourful jungle with bubbles and rainbows. Thence the narrator lives in a fantasy world and overestimates the situation. Therefore the initial interpretation of the song changes. 

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