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"Aftertaste" is the eighth track from Handwritten.

CompositionEdit

Shawn Mendes explained the song's meaning to MTV News: "It was written to be an empowering song about being broken up with and getting back up," he said. "It's about that somewhat passionate, angry feeling you get when you realize you don't need the person anymore and getting over it."

LyricsEdit

Re-rewind Friday night, never forget it
How you let me go
No more lies I'll be fine I know where I'm headed
Probably should've known

And now you're gonna say, "Pretty, please forgive me."
Fool me once, told you twice you're gonna regret it
Now you're all alone, yeah

Turns out that no one can replace me
I'm permanent, you can't erase me
I'll help you remember me
One more kiss is all it takes
I'll leave you with the memory
And the aftertaste

Close your eyes, you can't hide
Try to forget me, but I'm everywhere
I'm the smell on your sheets
you weren't ready when you left me there

And now you're gonna say, "Pretty, please forgive me." Yeah
Bet it hurts, it gets worse, you know nobody, said it would be fair, oh

Turns out that no one can replace me
I'm permanent, you can't erase me
I'll help you remember me
One more kiss is all it takes
I'll leave you with the memory
And the aftertaste

And now there's something in your way
'Cause you threw it all to waste
And you wonder if you could take back what you did that day
And it hurts, 'cause...

Turns out that no one can replace me
I'm permanent, you can't erase me
I'll help you remember me
One more kiss is all it takes
I'll leave you with the memory
And the aftertaste

Truth is that no one can replace me
I'm permanent, you can't erase me
I'll help you remember me
One more kiss is all it takes
I'll leave you with the memory
And the aftertaste
And the aftertaste

Music videoEdit

The music video was April 17 on Shawn's VEVO channel.

AudioEdit

Handwritten
Songs"Life Of The Party" · "Never Be Alone" · "Kid In Love" · "I Don't Even Know Your Name" · "Something Big" · "Strings" · "Aftertaste" · "Air" · "Crazy" · "A Little Too Much" · "This Is What It Takes" · "Bring It Back" · "Imagination" · "The Weight" · "Don't Want Your Love" · "Lost" · "I Know What You Did Last Summer" · "Act Like You Love Me" · "Running Low" · "Memories"
Featured artistsAstrid S · Camila Cabello
Tours#ShawnsFirstHeadlines · Shawn Mendes World Tour