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Truth (stylized as tRuTh) is a song by Zayn Malik. It appears as the twelfth track on his debut solo studio album, Mind of Mine.

The confessional lyrics of "Truth" appears to reference Malik's former band.[1] Malik sings about his journey from boyband-singer to solo artist.

Background

"Truth" is an experimental neo-soul track with dub elements,[2][3] and is mellow and low-key.[4]

It’s a well-known fact that Malik felt oppressed when he was still in One Direction. As he tells Complex Magazine:

"That [authenticity] was something that was always underlying, and ended up as the main factor of me leaving in the end. It was about denying the authenticity of who I was, and what I enjoyed about music, and why I got into it. That was always there. It was one of the things that wasn’t going to go away, so I had to go away."

Even though he doesn’t literally mention it, it becomes clear from the lyrics that “tRuTh” speaks on Zayn’s boyband-times and how happy he is about putting it behind him. Some may consider the song “shade”, but as he sings, he won’t point any fingers.

Lyrics

 
[Verse 1]
My lucks on the game
Can't find a way through
Don't know how many times
I've had to say this to you

This ain't my scene, this wasn't my dream
It was all yours, of course
I got caught up in this game,
And you know I won't say names of who's to blame

[Pre-Chorus]
I won't point any fingers
I won't say it was you
I'll let life take its time
And in time you'll see the truth

I won't ask any questions
I won't say it was you
I'll let life take its time
And in time you'll see the truth

[Chorus]
See the truth [8x]

[Verse 2]
My own mind was in the way
Front seat, new view
Don't know how many times
I've had to talk you through
My dreams, new scenes with enemies
I got caught up in this game
A game

[Pre-Chorus]
I won't point any fingers
I won't say it was you
I'll let life take it's time
And in time you'll see the truth

[Chorus]
See the truth [8x]

[Bridge]
I tried
Hide it all
Don't try, don't try
Don't try to hide it all
Don't try to hide it all
Don't try, don't try
Don't try to hide it all

[Pre-Chorus]
I won't point any fingers
I won't say it was you
I'll let life take it's time
Any time you'll see the truth

[Chorus]
See the truth [8x]

Lyric Video

ZAYN - tRuTh (Lyric Video)

ZAYN - tRuTh (Lyric Video)

Live Performance

ZAYN - tRuTh (Live on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater NY)

ZAYN - tRuTh (Live on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater NY)

Reception

While pointing to the "dubby neo-soul" of "Truth" as an example of Zayn developing his own personality, Sam Richards of NME, concluding the album, said it "is sumptuously produced and perfectly sung, with just enough intrigue."[5]

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