Singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes released a new song called “What the Hell Are We Dying For?” The song has sparked debates among fans about its meaning. Some fans believe the lyrics are about the wildfires, while others speculate that they refer to Shawn’s reported breakup with Camila Cabello after their rumored reconciliation.
Shawn took to Instagram to share that he wrote the song this week while in upstate New York, inspired by the Canadian wildfires that have caused air quality issues in the United States. Along with the song’s release, he also announced a donation to the Canadian Red Cross.
The pop-rock ballad, produced by Mendes and Mike Sabath, includes lyrics that reference the situation, such as “Smoke in the air, the city’s burnin’ down / I wanna speak, but I don’t make a sound.” However, lines like “If we don’t love like we used to” in the chorus have led fans to wonder if they relate to his relationship with Camila Cabello.
Shawn and Camila dated for two years before splitting in November 2021. However, their affectionate display at the 2023 Coachella Music Festival sparked rumors of a reconciliation. Since then, they have been seen together in Los Angeles and New York City.
The song’s release has sparked discussions on social media, with fans expressing their different interpretations. Some fans expected the song to focus on climate change based on the title and cover art, while others were convinced it centered around Shawn’s breakup with Camila.
Ultimately, the true meaning of the song depends on the interpretation of the listeners, and Shawn Mendes’ intention may remain open to individual understanding.