Steve Lacy, Bad Habit: inside the meaning of the lyrics

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Bad Habit is a song from Steve Lacy new album Gemini Rights, out in summer 2022. After the release of the first official single Mercury, the official video of Bad Habit has been shared on Youtube by the American artist, and it’s again another song about love relationships and being a Gemini. In this article we will analyze the lyrics and interpret the meaning of the song.

You can find the official video of Bad Habit below.

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Bad Habit: the lyrics and their meaning

Bad Habit is a song about the missed opportunity to be with a girl we really liked. The girl liked him, he wanted her, but for some reasons he didn’t try hard enough. In the song Steve Lacy admits that he wished he knew she liked him, and he asks himself if it’s too late to try.

I wish I knew you wanted me

If I knew I’d be with you
Is it too late to pursue?

In the chorus he mentions his bad habit of biting his tongue, a symbol of how often he steps back from a early intention. He knows it and he accepts his nature. Things happen for a reason, after all. And he’s a Gemini, a double-faced profile that was already the main topic of his previous single, Mercury (we analysed here the song).

I bite my tongue, it’s a bad habit
Kinda mad that I didn’t take a stab at it
Thought you were too good for me, my dear
Never gave me time of day, my dear
It’s okay, things happen for
Reasons that I think are sure, yeah

It’s a situation that many of us can relate to. You are never 100% sure that approaching a person who interests you is the right thing to do, and we are never spontaneous, we never take it easy enough to make our move and see the results. Our nature is to think carefully, often too much, trying to avoid the disappointments, and this way we can miss the chances. And that prevents us to make clear decisions.

Now that you’re back, I can’t decide (I wish I knew)
If I decide if you’re invited (I wish I knew you wanted me)

Getting at the bottom of the lyrics meaning, Bad Habit is about all the times we step back and avoid to take a decision we would be pleased to chase. Because we always have many voices inside us and many doubts arise. While accepting this part of us, the song tells us about the consequences of this behavior.

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The complete lyrics

I wish I knew you wanted me
I wish I knew, I wish I knew you wanted me
I wish I knew, I wish I knew you wanted me

What you, ooh, uh, what you do?
Made a move, coulda made a move
If I knew I’d be with you
Is it too late to pursue?

I bite my tongue, it’s a bad habit
Kinda mad that I didn’t take a stab at it
Thought you were too good for me, my dear
Never gave me time of day, my dear
It’s okay, things happen for
Reasons that I think are sure, yeah

I wish I knew, I wish I knew you wanted me (I wish I knew)
I wish I knew (Oh), I wish I knew you wanted me
I wish I knew (Yeah), I wish I knew you wanted me (Oh)
I wish I knew, I wish I knew you wanted me

Please say to me (Please, just say to me)
If this could wind up
I wish you wouldn’t play with me
I wanna know (Oh, no)

Uh, can I bite your tongue like my bad habit?
Would you mind if I tried to make a pass at it?
Were you not too good for me, my dear?
Funny you came back to me, my dear
It’s okay, things happen for
Reasons that I can’t ignore, yeah

I wish I knew, I wish I knew you wanted me
I wish I knew (Wish I knew), I wish I knew you wanted me (Oh)

You can’t surprise a Gemini (I wish I knew)
I’m everywhere, I’m cross-eyed (I wish I knew you wanted me)
Now that you’re back, I can’t decide (I wish I knew)
If I decide if you’re invited (I wish I knew you wanted me)
You always knew the way to wow me
F**k around, get tongue-tied and
I turn it on, I make it rowdy
Then carry on, but I’m not hidin’
You grabbin’ me hard ’cause you know what you found
Is biscuits, is gravy, babe

You can’t surprise a Gemini
But you know it’s biscuits, is gravy, babe
I knew you’d come back around
‘Cause you know it’s biscuits, is gravy, babe
Let’s f**k in the back of the mall, lose control
Go stupid, go crazy, babe
I know I’ll be in your heart ’til the end
You’ll miss me, don’t beg me, babe