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8 Letters Lyrics

[Verse 1: Jonah Marais]
You know me the best
You know my worst, see me hurt, but you don't judge

That, right there, is the scariest feeling
Opening and closing up again
I've been hurt so I don't trust

Now here we are, staring at the ceiling

[Pre-Chorus: Zach Herron]
I've said those words before but it was a lie
And you deserve to hear them a thousand times

[Chorus: Jack Avery & Jonah Marais & Corbyn Besson]
If all it is is eight letters
Why is it so hard to say?

If all it is is eight letters
Why am I in my own way?
Why do I pull you close
And then ask you for space

If all it is is eight letters
Why is it so hard to say?


[Verse 2: Daniel Seavey]
Isn't it amazing
How almost every line
On our hands align

When your hand's in mine
It's like I'm whole again
Isn't that a sign
I should speak my mind

[Pre-Chorus: Zach Herron]
I've said those words before but it was a lie
And you deserve to hear them a thousand times

[Chorus: Jack Avery & Jonah Marais & Corbyn Besson]
If all it is is eight letters
Why is it so hard to say?

If all it is is eight letters
Why am I in my own way?
Why do I pull you close
And then ask you for space
If all it is is eight letters
Why is it so hard to say?
(woah, oh yeah)


[Bridge: Jack Avery]
When I close my eyes
It's you there in my mind
When I close my eyes

[Chorus: Corbyn Besson & Jack Avery]
If all it is is eight letters
Why is it so hard to say?

If all it is is eight letters
Why am I in my own way?
Why do I pull you close
And then ask you for space

If all it is is eight letters
Why is it so hard to say?


[Outro: Corbyn Besson & Jack Avery & Daniel Seavey]
If all it is is eight letters
When I close my eyes
It's you there in my mind
(It's only you)
When I close my eyes
If all it is is eight letters
When I close my eyes
It's you there in my mind
(you)
When I close my eyes
If all it is is eight letters

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About “8 Letters”

On “8 Letters,” Why Don’t We talk about a phrase containing eight letters, which was later confirmed as the phrase “I love you”. The song serves as the third single and title track from Why Don’t We’s debut album.

The song is about being scared of falling in love with someone new, trusting them, and finally saying those eight letters despite previous heartbreak. The song shares a similar meaning with a previous Why Don’t We song, “Runner”, albeit being told from the opposite perspective.

  • What was the songwriting process like?

    Why Don't We:

    I remember we were in this writing camp. We literally probably made 70 songs there. It was actually lunchtime, and I finished eating early as I usually do. I went into studio C or something like that. There were these writers, they had that synth thing going, and starting to come up with lyrics and stuff, and I remember I ran over to Daniel, and I was like “Yo, they have like some crazy stuff going on in studio C, you got to come over”, we went and just sat in there, on the session, and just helped out. Because there would be days, we’d have like 5 studios going every day, so there’d be days some of us would be in 1 studio, some of us would be in the next studio. So, we were all working on something crazy, we’re like “yo, come in here.”

  • What was it like working with Jonny Price and the Monsters x the Strangers?

    Why Don't We:

    They were coming up with ideas like every single second. And they are so fresh. It was cool too, I mean, some writers, you go in, and they’re very independent, like they are doing their thing, and they have a way of doing it on their own, and that’s cool, you still want them to come and bring their ideas. But these guys are so cool because we would just come into the session, and they would totally be open to us adding ideas, or just coming in and listening, and like, so I don’t know, they were really chill guys, we could just hang with them. Johnny is just the freshest man on this earth. He has a different mind. He’s a really chill guy, and it was cool, because he would kinda really take life experiences and start ranting about them, and out of nowhere, a lyric would pop up from this rant he just did. And the Monsters have a really dope name. They would just take music a lot of places you wouldn’t expect it to go, like you would hear this, and that’s what a lot of people would hear, and then The Monsters would be like, we’re the Monsters, and it’d interesting to see where they would take it. I think this is a deeper song than we’ve ever really put out before. We’re tapping into some real emotional stuff. It was so, like, crazy to be working with the people we got to work with on this song, because we dreamt of working with them. It was super cool.

  • What is the song about?

    Why Don't We:

    I think this song is really about like the beginnings of a relationship, and like, getting to know each other, and trying to feel each other out. And maybe wanting them sometimes, and other times, you just want to be by yourself, or just like, all that comes with the start of a relationship. It’s all just playing off that whole struggle, almost like a confusion in the relationship, like you don’t know where your head is.

  • How was the song teased before its release?

    On August 8th 2018, the band released a sixteen-second teaser video across their social media channels which revealed the cover, title and release date for their debut album. The teaser also provided fans with a small audio clip of this track.

  • What do the eight letters represent?

    Before the release of the song, fans on Twitter had already worked out that the eight letters most likely represented the phrase “I love you”, which band member Corbyn Besson later confirmed on Twitter.

  • Does the song have a music video?

    Yes! The music video was released on August 19th 2018 and was filmed and directed by Éli Sokhn. He has also previously directed several of their music videos, including those for their recent singles “Hooked” and “Talk.”

  • Are there any translations for the song?

    Yes!

1.   8 Letters
2.   Talk
3.   Choose
5.   Friends
6.   Hard
7.   Hooked
8.   Falling