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  • Halsey launched her debut assortment of poetry, “I Would Depart Me If I May,” on Tuesday.
  • A number of poems include traces that might later change into lyrics in Halsey’s songs.
  • “You Had been First,” for instance, comprises actual phrases that reappear in “Alanis’ Interlude” (“Delicate pores and skin, gentle eyes / All these lovely laughs and exquisite thighs”).
  • Two poems bear the identical titles as songs they’d change into: “Ceaselessly … Is a Lengthy Time” is an prolonged model of the fifth observe on “Manic,” whereas “Satan in Me” grew to become the pre-chorus of the penultimate observe from “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.”
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Halsey launched her debut assortment of poetry, “I Would Depart Me If I May,” on Tuesday — and as promised, followers can see hints of her music in its pages.

The Grammy-nominated singer is legendary for her candor and confessional songwriting, and a number of other poems include traces that might later change into lyrics.

“Quite a lot of the time after I sit down to jot down I am doing simply that — sitting down to jot down, not essentially to jot down a track or poem,” Halsey beforehand advised Insider.

“Some poems keep poems however some find yourself as songs immediately and even years later. Followers will be capable to see how I began writing just a few songs, or modified just a few from the unique concept in my poetry e book.”

Beneath, Insider catalogued 12 totally different poems that impressed lyrical ideas or immediately morphed into songs in Halsey’s discography.


“Homemaker” is simply the fourth poem within the assortment, together with “Introduction.” Thematically, it explores the performative nature of holding a tidy, “shiny” house and shopping for costly luxuries, like a Persian rug and a “new steam bathe.” 

Within the penultimate stanza, Halsey writes: “benefit from the silence / in your kitchen. / been watering all these vegetation / fabricated from plastic / and also you suppose they’re going to develop.”

These traces echo “Ceaselessly … (Is a Lengthy Time),” the fifth observe on “Manic” (“I spent a very long time watering a plant made out of plastic / And I cursed the floor for rising inexperienced”). 

‘You Had been First’

On this poem, Halsey appears to scrutinize her personal bisexuality, juxtaposing how she finds it simple to “appeal a person” with how she finds it nerve-wracking to be intimate with a girl  — particularly in a society that teaches ladies to covet and compete for male consideration.

“I suppose I discovered it simpler / to separate males on the seams / At the least that is what I discovered in magazines,” she writes.

The second-to-last stanza grew to become, nearly word-for-word, the pre-chorus in “Alanis’ Interlude.” The 11th observe on “Manic,” a duet with Alanis Morissette, paints Halsey’s attraction to ladies in a much more assured mild.

“All this / gentle pores and skin, gentle eyes / All these / Lovely laughs and exquisite thighs / All the time saved me up at evening / The reality is I used to be terrified,” Halsey writes in “You Had been First.”

Except for some minor tweaks, the most important change is the stanza’s remaining line, which grew to become: “However I can not change my urge for food.”


This comparatively quick poem would not embrace any actual lyrics, however conceptually, it is near-identical to the primary two traces in “Killing Boys.”

“Battles” reads: “Been biting my tongue until it bleeds / cry over issues I do not want. / My mom advised me / decide your battles correctly / however you made me indignant / on the world / so I selected all of them.”

Within the 12th observe on “Manic,” Halsey sings: “Advised me decide my battles and be pickin’ ’em smart / However I wanna decide ’em all and I do not wanna resolve / No extra, no extra, anymore.”

The poem and the track are additionally thematically related: Each describe righteous feminine rage, and particularly, a rage that is rooted in feeling wronged by one particular individual.

‘Stockholm Syndrome Pt. I’

Halsey beforehand revealed that “Clementine,” her second single from “Manic,” initially started as “a small poem i wrote final 12 months about having a black eye.”

Now, we all know the poem in query is titled “Stockholm Syndrome Pt. I.”

The fourth stanza within the poem was tailored to suit the track’s third verse: “I bear in mind / tender spiderwebs. / All violet, / yellow, / blue. / It appears with one eye open, / nonetheless all I see is you.”

This picture, because it seems in “Clementine,” is delivered extra conversationally: “My face is filled with spiderwebs, all tender, yellow, blue / And nonetheless with one eye open, nicely, all I see is you.”

‘Want You the Greatest’

“Want You the Greatest” is sort of a longer, extra elaborate model of “I am Not Mad,” one of many deluxe tracks from “Manic.”

The primary line within the refrain echoes the poem’s title: “And truthfully, I nonetheless want you nothing however the perfect.”

A few of the traces within the poem additionally reappear within the track, however noticeably tweaked.

Within the poem, Halsey writes: “I do not hope that you simply’d die; / simply reside to 75 / And also you spend each waking second / Wishing you felt alive.”

Within the track, she sings: “I do not even hope you die today / I hope you reside ’til 85 today / Regretting that you simply ever lied today / I hope it is consuming you alive today.”

The poem’s couplet “I hope your knees ache / and your again hurts” will get flip-flopped within the track: “I hope your again aches and your knees damage.”

Lastly, the memorable lyric about her ex-lover’s brother can be right here (“I hope your little brother seems to be nothing such as you / I hope that you simply damage greater than I do”), but in a barely lengthened kind: “I hope your brother seems to be nothing such as you. / Hope one other 12 months passes / and also you damage much more than I do.”

‘Is There Someplace Else?’

This poem would not have any lyrical replicas, but it surely could possibly be learn because the sequel to “Is There Someplace.”

The primary observe on Halsey’s debut EP, “Room 93,” is a fan-favorite electro-pop track that describes a pair’s intimate resort assembly.

“Is There Someplace Else?” describes a reunion with a former lover, maybe the identical individual from the track. The poem explores the consolation of an ex’s familiarity, contrasted with the area that grows in between two individuals over time.

‘American Girl’ 

“American Girl” truly comprises separate echoes of two songs from totally different eras.

The poem’s first three traces (“My insecurity / hurting me / all these boys gonna flirt with me”) appear to precede lyrics in “3am,” the eighth observe on “Manic” (“My insecurities are hurtin’ me / Somebody please come and flirt with me”). 

However the second stanza additionally comprises a set of traces that reappear in “The Prologue,” the opening observe on Halsey’s sophomore album, “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.”

The poem reads: “Thinks I am a toddler of a / Cash-hungry / Prideful nation / Grass is inexperienced / And is at all times sunny / Palms all bloody / Tastes like honey / However we’re discovering it onerous to go away.”

Within the track, Halsey recites the prologue to Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” earlier than singing the identical stanza, however with a slight alteration within the remaining line: “I am discovering it onerous to go away.”


With “Guts,” Halsey attracts a distinction between her self-proclaimed “dangerous behavior” (“I do not suppose earlier than I communicate”) with a reluctance to inform somebody how she feels.

She writes: “I preserve a pistol after I sleep / inside my mouth / so I do not combat my tongue / for saying all this stuff, / like how I noticed you in my desires.”

These traces recall the verse in “Wipe Your Tears,” one other deluxe observe from “Manic.”

Halsey sings: “I preserve a pistol after I sleep / Inside my mouth so I can shoot / Down all of the dangerous issues.”

‘Ceaselessly … Is a Lengthy Time’

That is certainly one of two poems that bear the identical titles because the songs they grew to become.

As Halsey confirmed on Twitter, “Ceaselessly … Is a Lengthy Time” is an prolonged model of the fifth observe on “Manic,” additionally known as “Ceaselessly … (Is a Lengthy Time).”

A lot of the poem reappears, word-for-word, within the lyrics of the track. However except for a number of stanzas she minimize, Halsey made one significantly attention-grabbing edit.

She writes: “Construct love, construct god, construct guarantees / construct calluses, then construct provinces / ‘trigger I’ve discovered / any individual who would construct life, / then demolish it.”

Within the track, she explicitly turns this blame inward: “Construct love, construct God, construct provinces / Construct calluses, break guarantees / ‘Trigger I might by no means maintain an ideal factor and never demolish it.”

‘Excessive-5 Youngsters’

“Excessive-5 Youngsters” contains a number of particulars that recall “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom,” an idea album based mostly on Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet.”

Within the poem, Halsey writes: “Again to the place all of it started, / this time with one other man. / ‘Trigger mine has discovered his place / amongst the fountains.”

This will reference Halsey’s ex-boyfriend, Zach Merritt. He is the boy who “lives behind bricks” described in Halsey’s track “Hurricane,” and he constructed an precise fountain named “hopeless fountain kingdom” off of the L practice’s Halsey road cease in Brooklyn.

“Excessive-5 Youngsters” additionally ends with the three-line stanza: “The child is lifeless and gone / again to the / Kingdom.”

It is unclear when the poem was written, however it might have preceded and partially impressed the idea of “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.”

‘Ceaselessly Cursed in Love are the Observant’

The title of this poem seems in “Younger God,” the 15th observe on “Badlands” — though it’s possible you’ll not have realized it.

The track begins with an unintelligible intro, which is definitely a recording of Halsey talking, however performed backwards: “Ceaselessly cursed in love are the observant. Ceaselessly a slave to the element.”

‘Satan in Me’

“Satan in Me” grew to become the pre-chorus of her second album’s penultimate observe. The track shares the identical title because the poem.

It reads: “I will not let anybody down / If I crawl tonight / However I nonetheless let everybody down / After I change in dimension / And I went tumbling down / Attempting to achieve your peak / However I scream too loud / If I communicate my thoughts.”

As Halsey advised Zach Sang, that exact stanza is about “me, you understand, adjusting myself attempting to suit this individual, and realizing I am letting everybody round me down… attempting to get low, attempting to make myself smaller, attempting to be the scale that this individual most likely needed me to be.”

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