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"Youth" is a song by Shawn Mendes featuring Khalid. It was released on May 3rd, 2018 as the 3rd single from Shawn's 3rd Album. This track fetures Khalid.

LyricsEdit

[Verse 1: Shawn Mendes & Khalid]
Here I am, stuck on this couch scrolling through my notes
Heart was broken, still not growing, nah
Waking up to headlines, filled with devastation again
My heart is broken, but I keep going

[Pre-Chorus: Shawn Mendes with Khalid]
Pain, but I won't let it turn into hate
No, I won't let it change me
Never losing sight of the one I keep inside
Now, I know it, yeah, I know it

[Chorus: Shawn Mendes & Khalid]
You can't take my youth away
This soul of mine will never break
As long as I wake up today
You can't take my youth away
You can't take my youth away
This soul of mine will never break
As long as I wake up today
You can't take my youth away

[Post-Chorus: Shawn Mendes & Khalid]
You can't take my youth away

[Verse 2: Shawn Mendes & Khalid]
It's hard to sleep at night, knowing what's outside
Feeling hopeless, I need focus
You hit me with words I never heard come out your mouth
To be honest, I don't want it, no

[Pre-Chorus: Shawn Mendes, & Khalid]
Pain, but I won't let it turn into hate
No, I won't let it change me

[Chorus: Shawn Mendes & Khalid]
You can't take my youth away
This soul of mine will never break
As long as I wake up today
You can't take my youth away
You can't take my youth away
This soul of mine will never break
As long as I wake up today
You can't take my youth away

[Post-Chorus: Shawn Mendes & Khalid]
You can't take my youth away (can't take my youth)
You can't take my youth away
Oh, yeah

[Bridge: Khalid & Shawn Mendes]
Pain, but I won't let it turn into hate
No, I won't let it change me
Pain, but I won't let it turn into hate
No, I won't let it change me

[Chorus: Shawn Mendes & Khalid]
You can't take my youth away
This soul of mine will never break
As long as I wake up today
You can't take my youth away (my youth away)
You can't take my youth away
This soul of mine will never break
As long as I wake up today
You can't take my youth away (oh yeah)
You can't take my youth away
This soul of mine will never break
As long as I wake up today
You can't take my youth away
You can't take my youth away
This soul of mine will never break
As long as I wake up today
You can't take my youth away
You can't take my youth away

"Youth" is about not giving up, despite facing the awful events that occur in the world, and not surrendering your 'youth' to them.

Shawn wrote the song after witnessing the Manchester attack on 22nd June 2017, then June 3rd attack on London Bridge. He said:

"I remember that day thinking, like, 'OK, I gotta text [Khalid]. When I texted him, I said, 'When we get together, we have to make a statement. We have to move. We have to write about what's going on in life and how the youth is feeling because I think we have the voice to do that.' We got together that day and I was like, 'This is a huge task.' Because you're always terrified going into a session knowing like, 'OK, this is going to be a big session. I have one day. Is it going to be the greatest song or not?'"

"I remember I woke up in the morning and the whole thought of my youth trying to be taken away from me [was overwhelming]. Not youth as in my age — youth as in my love, my happiness, my joy, my purity ... I was like, 'This is what we have to write about.' And It was awesome. I'm really, really proud of the song."

VideoEdit

Shawn Mendes - "Youth" ft

Shawn Mendes - "Youth" ft. Khalid