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I just listened to Sorry, a 2017 song by Halsey recently.

In the beginning, it says:

I've missed your calls for months it seems

Don't realize how mean I can be

'Cause I can sometimes treat the people that I love like jewelry

The character is saying that she is a mean person. Then why does she reason her meanness by saying the last sentence? The last sentence is showing kindness; not meanness.

In another part of the lyrics we have:

Sorry to my unknown lover

Sorry I could be so blind

Didn't mean to leave you

And all of the things that we had behind

If that's an unknown lover, then how did the character have a past with him?

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    Lyrics don't have to make sense. – PiedPiper Apr 8 at 13:35
  • Full explanation here: halsey.fandom.com/wiki/Sorry – xhienne Apr 8 at 16:49
  • @xhienne That doesn't explain the meaning of the lyrics. – aminabzz Apr 8 at 17:09
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    Well to me treated a person like jewelry could mean valuing how much you like them, for purely selfish reasons. You don't care how your jewelry feels, and don't even think about what makes it happy. :) Jewelry only exists to make the person wearing it look better, so it's a tool for the owner, nothing more. – cnamejj Apr 9 at 1:23
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    And from reading the linked page, which isn't a direct explanation but gives some hints... I think "unknown lover" means a person who in hindsight was obviously interested but the singer was clueless and didn't notice. – cnamejj Apr 9 at 1:25

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