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"Wild Things" is a song by Alessia Cara which serves as the second single from her debut album Know-It-All.

Background and Release

Alessia wrote this song about knowing that you don't need to be the cool one or the popular to feel good about yourself and you can make your own place. It was officially released as the second single from the album on February 2, 2016.

Critical Reception

Mike Wass of Idolator called it "Another fiery celebration of outsiders." Rolling Stone's Brittany Spanos labeled it "anthemic" and a "celebration of youth", saying "[Wild Things] follows in the vein of the anti-cool kid stance on 'Here.' Unlike her debut single, however, Cara goes for more straight-up pop on the more fast-paced, percussive tune." Jessie Morris of Complex stated that the song is "another infectious and insightful coming-of-age track." [1]

Chart Performance

The song peaked at #50 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well reaching #25, #14 and #63 on the Australian singles chart, the Canadian Hot 100 and the UK Singles chart.

Music Video

The music video was released on March 7, 2016 and was directed by Aaron A. Opening with a monologue in which Cara describes what "wild" means to her in the song, the video features Cara and her friends exploring suburbs of Toronto and engaging in carefree activities such as drawing fake tattoos on one another and setting off fireworks on a beach. "To me," Cara says during the video's introductory sequence, "Where The Wild Things Are is a place that exists in our minds. It's a place of liberty and shamelessness. It can take a split second or a lifetime to find it, but once you do, you'll be free." [2]

Alessia Cara - Wild Things

Alessia Cara - Wild Things

Remixes

Four remixes were released on Cara's VEVO channel, with one being an alternate version of the song featuring rapper ne being a.

Lyrics

Find table space to say your social graces
Bow your head, the pie is here, but you and I, we're pioneers
We make our own rules, our own room, no bias here
Let 'em sell what they are sellin', there are no buyers here
So gather all the rebels now, we'll rebel rouse and sing aloud
We don't care what they say no way, no way
And we will leave the empty chairs to those who say we can't sit there
We're fine all by ourselves

So aye, we brought our drum and this is how we dance
No mistakin', we make our breaks, if you don't like our 808s
Then leave us alone, cause we don't need your policies
We have no apologies for being...

Find me where the wild things are
We'll be alright, don't mind us, yeah
Find me where the wild things are
We'll be just fine, don't mind us, yeah
Find me where the wild things are

I lose my balance on these eggshells you tell me to tread
I'd rather be a wild one instead
Don't wanna hang around the in crowd, the cool kids
I'm cool to me, cause they're not cooler than we are

So aye, we brought our drum and this is how we dance
No mistakin', we make our breaks, if you don't like our 808s
Then leave us alone, cause we don't need your policies
We have no apologies for being...

Find me where the wild things are
We'll be alright, don't mind us, yeah
Find me where the wild things are
We'll be just fine, don't mind us, yeah

We will carve our place into time and space
We will find our way, or we'll make a way, say hey, hey
Hey find your grace, don't you hide your face
And let it shine, shine, shine

So aye, we brought our drum and this is how we dance
No mistakin', we make our breaks, if you don't like our 808s
Then leave us alone, cause we don't need your policies
We have no apologies for being...

Find me where the wild things are
We'll be alright, don't mind us, yeah
Find me where the wild things are
We'll be just fine, don't mind us, yeah
Find me where the wild things are


Audio

Alessia Cara - Wild Things (Official Audio)

Alessia Cara - Wild Things (Official Audio)


References

  1. wikipedia.org - Critical reception
  2. wikipedia.org - Music video synopsis
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