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"Should've Been Me" is a song by English DJ, songwriter, record producer and musician Naughty Boy from his second studio album which was originally feauturing English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding however the final version includes the guest vocals of a Filipino R&B singer Kyla and Jamiacan artist Popcaan.

The song was served as the lead single from the album and was originally planned to be released on the 3rd of June, 2016 however, there was a huge delay and it was finally released on November 18th, 2016 via Virgin EMI Records.

BackgroundEdit

Naughty Boy firstly announced the new song at the Ivor Novello Awards in London on the 20th of May, 2016 and he exclusively told BANG Showbiz:

"My next single is with Ellie Goulding - that's an exclusive! It's called 'Should've Been Me' - I have not told this to anyone before." [1]

—Naughty Boy at the Ivor Novello Awards in London

It is unknown as to why Ellie Goulding was removed from the track. Possibilities of this issue include the unsuitability of the song for Ellie or Goulding may have rejected in working with Naughty Boy.

CompositionEdit

About the song, he said that it will have a bit of a 'dance vibe' to it and is a bit 'reggae-ish'.

“I want to make something summery,” he says. I want to make something feel-good. And she’s such a lovely person. And when you hear this song as well, it’s got a bit of a dance vibe to it. I think people will be surprised. … I don’t think you’re ever going to hear her on a song like this again. ‘Cause it’s got the same haunting vocal, but it’s still got all the rhythm, and all — there’s something really contemporary about it. It is quite a bit reggae-ish.” [2]

—Naughty Boy tells entertainment reporter Kevin Hughes

Commerical performance Edit

The song debuted at number 97 on the UK charts.

Lyrics Edit

[Intro: Kyla + Popcaan]
I need you bad, I need you bad
I need you, I need you, I need you bad
I need you bad, I need you bad
I need you, I need you, I need you bad
It should've been you

[Verse 1: Kyla]
I needed a little space
Honest, I thought you'd stay waiting
I made my last mistake
You're happy and I hate it

[Pre-Chorus: Kyla + (Popcaan)]
And now I know that I spoke too soon
Seeing how fast you made moves
I want you so bad (Now I know)
I know you do, know you do, know you do...
I want you back but you're gone
All on my own I miss you
I know it's too late, can't handle that truth
I want you so bad (Now I know)
I want you back but you're gone
I know you do, know you do, know you do...

[Chorus: Kyla + Popcaan]
It should've been me all along
It should've been you
It should've been me every time I closed my eyes
Yeah I can see, those times where I used to be
Well oh God, it should've been me all along
It should've been you

[Verse 2: Kyla]
Well how is that it seems
'Cause you don't think of me that often
How could I let you leave me?
Yeah, well it's too late to stop ya

[Pre-Chorus: Kyla + (Popcaan)]
And now I know that I spoke too soon
Seeing how fast you made moves
I want you so bad (Now I know)
I know you do, know you do, know you do...
I want you back but you're gone
All on my own I miss you
I know it's too late can't handle that truth
I want you so bad (Now I know)
I want you back but you're gone
I know you do, know you do, know you do...

[Chorus: Kyla + Popcaan]
It should've been me all along
It should've been you
It should've been me every time I closed my eyes
Yeah I can see, those times where I used to be
Well oh God, it should've been me all along
It should've been you

[Refrain: Kyla]
It should've been, should've been me
It should've been me, should've been me all along
It should've been me all along
It should've been, should've been me
It should've been me, should've been me all along
It should've been me all along

[Verse 3: Popcaan]
Hey! It should've been you
Werk hard and give yuh everyting boo
Mi take yuh to mi first ting too
Take ya, take ya like indo'
It should've been you
Mi guess that's a the ting though
I want brand new girl, me uh sing to
Different man, yuh gon' swing to
Him go buy yuh fi a dream too
Oh, shouldn't never taken me for granted
'Cause it should've been you all along
Now I know you feel like you're unwanted
Me a drive her crazy like a [?]
Like you know you shouldn't leave all of 'em
Pretend like you're happy, you'll a grieve all of 'em
We were supposed to get married
The next girl I'll watch [?]

[Chorus: Kyla + Popcaan]
It should've been you
It should've been me all along
It should've been me every time I closed my eyes
Yeah I can see, those times where I used to be
Well oh God, it should've been me all along

[Post-Chorus: Kyla]
It should've been, should've been me
It should've been me, should've been me all along
It should've been me all along
It should've been, should've been me
It should've been me, should've been me all along
It should've been me all along
It should've been, should've been me
It should've been me, should've been me all along
It should've been me all along

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