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The Boy” (originally titled "Care About Me") is one of the scrapped tracks for Camila Cabello’s debut studio album, Camila, and is co-written by Ed Sheeran. There are two versions of the song, one featuring Ed Sheeran (as a background vocalist) while the other being a solo demo record by only Ed Sheeran (before Camila changed Ed's demo).

Background

The song was originally written by Ed Sheeran. To iHeart, Ed Sheeran compared the song to Beyoncé’s "Crazy in Love" and revealed that Camila changed drastically the demo he had sent her.

It didn’t make it to the final cut because it didn't fit on her debut album, Camila, "So I felt kinda weird... but at the end it just didn’t fit sonically with the album, even though it’s such a great song, it just felt like the only one that felt like it was on another kind of album" said Cabello. On January 22, 2018, Camila sang the pre-chorus of the track in an interview with Billboard.

A snippet of the song was leaked by Music Mafia on the 20th of April 2018. Multiple snippets of the songs have leaked in 2021.

The full version with only Camila Cabello was leaked on February 7th, 2021

Lyrics

[Intro]
Yeah, he's messed up a couple times
But he's my glass of cherry wine
And I drink and I drink 'til I'm drunk off of him
I'm in love
He just hit me up to come over
He said what?

[Verse 1]
Momma said, "Always be kind, girl" (Girl, what's on your mind?)
But I got something I should say (Say it, girl), uh
Boy, I'm sick and done and tired (There's something on my mind)
I'm not yours to manipulate, uh-huh (Tell him girl, tell hi )

[Pre-Chorus]
Oh boy, hold your tongue, I don't want no 'pology
‘Cause we both know you're thinking wit' was under your jeans
Sent your friends over to tell them you're missing me
But I don't care so tell that boy that I am fine

[Chorus]
I don't care about the day he decided to leave
I won't be there when he tells another lie so
I'm gon' use all of my words for weapons
'Cause the boy don't care about me, lemme say it again, now babe
I don't care about the way he thinks it's so sweet (Ah)
All that sugar cone gon' be bad for me tomorrow (Ah)
I'm gon' use all of my words for weapons
'Cause the boy don't care about me

[Verse 2]
All my girls inside the place now (Say we don't need no man)
No one know we switch sides sometimes (We got this)
Wipe that good look off your face (Say we got better plans)
Ooh, you better not act surprised (For real)

[Pre-Chorus]
Oh boy, hold your tongue, I don't want no 'pology
‘Cause we both know you're thinking wit' was under your jeans
Sent your friends over to tell them you're missing me
But I don't care so tell that boy that I am fine

[Chorus]
I don't care about the day he decided to leave
I won't be there when he tells another lie so
I'm gon' use all of my words for weapons
'Cause the boy don't care about me, lemme, lemme say it again, baby
I don't care about the way he thinks he's so sweet (Ah)
All that sugar cone gon' be bad for me tomorrow (Ah)
I'm gon' use all of my words for weapons
'Cause the boy don't care about me

[Bridge]
Oh, oh, don't care about me
That's fine with me, babe
You don't care about me
And that's fine with me
Fine with me, fine with me (Don't care about)
It is what I need, oh (That's fine with)
Don't care about, care about
Care about, care about me, oh

[Chorus]
I don't care about the day he decided to leave
I won't be there when he tells another lie so (Oh, yeah, yeah)
I'm gon' use all of my words for weapons
'Cause the boy don't care about me (He don't care about me ?)
I don't care about the way he thinks it's so sweet (Ah)
All that sugar cone gon' be bad for me tomorrow (Ah)
I'm gon' use all of my words for weapons
'Cause the boy don't care about me

[Outro]
Girl, that's old, we're done with that

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