Conan Gray – People Watching | Stream, Lyrics & Meaning


“People Watching” is the third single from Conan Gray’s upcoming album in 2021. This song and the music video sound like a breath of fresh air, as Conan Gray fascinates with the love lives of people in the cafe he works in. It’s ironic because Conan Gray actually burns a croissant while he’s dreaming and fills the cafe with smoke.

“People Watching” follows on from the previous two singles, “Overdrive” and “Astronomy”, released on the untitled second studio album by Conan Gray which has yet to be revealed. The album should be titled “Worlds Apart”. This is Conan’s follow-up project for his 2020 debut album “Kid Row”.

Conan Gray apologized to anyone who can relate to the song; “This song is for all of us loners. Thanks to the amazing @juliamichaels and @dan_nigro for listening to me sit on the floor and be depressed to be alone. If you recognize yourself in the song, I’m sorry.

Singer-songwriter Julia Michaels and singer-songwriter Dan Nigro receive writing credits on this song.

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“People Watching” Lyrics Review and Song Meaning

“People Watching” is a song about that intimidating feeling of being surrounded by people in love all around you. This effect is increased tenfold when you are single. It seems like everyone around you is a couple in love and you are the only one who has yet to find a soul mate.

In the clip, we see Conan Gray working in a coffee shop called “Boulangerie Patisserie”. A “boulangerie” is a French bakery, which is not the subject of this review. While Conan Gray is working in this pastry shop, he sees all the couples who come for coffee and pastries. He sees couples dining, enjoying their coffee and food, talking, laughing, cuddling and enjoying each other’s company. Conan wants it in his life too.

In the song’s first verse, Conan tells the story of a couple he heard while working on it. They met in a metaphysical philosophy class and have been together for 49 months. They’re already engaged, but they still can’t seem to help but fall for each other with each passing minute. Even a while ago he made a lame joke that she laughed at so much. This is the kind of support we all need in our lives.

Conan Gray hopes his time will come soon. Its time to be in love and do all the cliché things couples do. But for now, he’s just on the sidelines watching other people in love.

One day I will fall, without precaution
But for now I’m just watching people

In the song’s second verse, Conan Gray wonders why things maybe haven’t worked out for him so far. He knows he has trust issues. Maybe he’s already been burnt. Conan admits he cuts people off like tags on his clothes. Cutting the tags on new clothes is the first thing we do before wearing them. At least Conan knows a few reasons he’s still alone. He can work on it.

This song is probably very close to many of us. But, just as Conan is hopeful, so will we. Let us know what your experiences with love are in the comments below. Check out the full lyrics on Genius.

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