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Cruel is a song by British production duo Snakehips, featuring British singer and songwriter Zayn.

It was released as a single on July 15, 2016 by Sony Music UK and Columbia Records.

Lyrically, the song is about believing a relationship with a partner is the light in the dark world around him, and he puts all the love he can into this source of happiness.

Background

The song was written and composed by Snakehips, Cass Lowe, Erik Hassle and Zayn in Los Angeles and London.

"Cruel" received critical acclaim, with NME ranking the song at number 50 on their "50 Best Tracks of 2016" list, and MuuMuse ranking it at number 88 on their "Top 100 Singles of 2016" list.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Cab radio screaming
Noise and tears
Death on the TV
And then there's you
It's fucked, it's crazy
I can't concentrate
I just see your outline...
Mhmm

[Pre-Chorus]
Back where we left off
Watch you take your dress off
I've been by myself remembering you

Your body hurts me
Loopin' 'round like CCTV
In all this bitterness you stay so sweet

[Chorus]
It's such a cruel world
Savin' all my love for you, girl
It's such a cruel world
Maybe I found somethin' good, girl

[Verse 2]
Some prick at the party
All scripts and boasts
A dead eyed actress girl
And then there's you
Venus in Converse
You put a spell on me
And you're lockin' up the bathroom door
For us

[Pre-Chorus]
Back where we left off
Watch you take your dress off
I've been by myself remembering you

Your body hurts me
Loopin' 'round like CCTV
In all this bitterness you stay so sweet

[Chorus]
It's such a cruel world
Savin' all my love for you, girl
It's such a cruel world
Maybe I found somethin' good, girl

[Bridge]
Who do you love? Who do you love?
Who do you love? Who do you love?
Just see your outline...

[Pre-Chorus]
Back where we left off
Help you take your dress off
I've been by myself remembering you

Your body hurts me
Loopin' 'round like CCTV
In all this bitterness you stay so sweet

[Chorus]
It's such a cruel world
Savin' all my love for you, girl
It's such a cruel world
Maybe I found somethin' good, girl

[Outro]
Sunrise in Hollywood
We ain't slept for days
Perfect disaster
Me and you

Music Video

Background

The music video was uploaded onto Snakehip's VEVO channel on August 9, 2016.

An accompanying music video for "Cruel" premiered on YouTube on 9 August 2016 and stars Zayn as he sings the song inside a building on an Asian town. The video was directed by Alex Southam.[1]


Music Video Information
Snakehips - Cruel (Official Video) ft

Snakehips - Cruel (Official Video) ft. ZAYN

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Released August 09, 2016
Length 3:55
Director Alex Southam
Production Co
Choreographer
Filmed
Location Los Angeles
VEVO views 30,001,881 (as of June 01, 2018)

Remix

A remix version of "Cruel" was released on August 26, 2016

SNAKEHIPS - Cruel ft

SNAKEHIPS - Cruel ft. Zayn (Ta-ku Remix)

References