Sam Smith, Unholy: the lyrics and the meaning

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Unholy is the new song released by Sam Smith on September 2022. It’s an entirely different song than their past productions, and all fans are curious to know more about it. The track comes in collaboration with the German singer Kim Petras, a dark tune with not much to do with pop music. The lyrics are already available, and this article will explore the song’s meaning and provide the complete lyrics at the end.

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You can find below the official video of the song.

Sam Smith, Kim Petras - Unholy
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Unholy: inside the lyrics and their meaning

Unholy is a song about an adulterous relationship. The singer talks to a man who’s cheating on his wife and cannot keep things clean. The rumors have spread, even though his wife doesn’t know about them yet. In the song, Kim Petras plays the role of the girl the man is cheating with, interpreting her as a woman playing with her sugar daddy.

The song’s beginning explains that the wife doesn’t know yet that her husband is a cheater. The first lines describe the act of cheating as “something unholy”:

Mummy don’t know daddy’s getting hot at the body shop
Doing something unholy

Then Sam Smith talks to the cheater, and the words they pronounce are full of disgust:

Lucky, lucky girl, she got married to a boy like you
She’d kick you out if she ever, ever knew
‘Bout all the s**t you tell me that you do
Dirty, dirty boy, you know everyone is talking on the scene
I hear them whisperin’ ’bout the places that you’ve been
And how you don’t know how to keep your business clean

They are obviously taking the part of the wife, who doesn’t know he’s a cheater. He should feel lucky to have her. Instead, he acts unrespectfully and cannot even keep his actions secret.

The song’s dark mood highlights how the referred actions are wrong, against nature. Using the term “unholy” implies a divine perspective on the situation: it’s not something the singer can fix. Therefore, they invoke God’s judgment on it and rely on His punishment, eventually.

The lines sung by Kim Petras show the dirty perspective of the girl the man is cheating with: she’s only looking for money and benefits from this relationship, and she does her part to cover him when needed.

Mmm, daddy, daddy, if you want it, drop the addy
Give me love, give me Fendi, my Balenciaga daddy
You gon’ need to bag it up, ’cause I’m spending on Rodeo (Woo)
You can watch me back it up, I’ll be gone in the AM
And he, he get me Prada, get me Miu Miu like Rihanna
He always call me ’cause I never cause no drama

And when you want it, baby
I know I got you covered
And when you need it, baby
Just jump under the covers

Unholy is an accusation of infidelity, and the meaning behind the lyrics is: your behavior is unacceptable, and you don’t deserve the woman you have as a wife. I’m not asking you to be careful or fix it because you don’t even get to earn my help. You are out of the behavior a good man should have. I condemn your actions as something unholy and hope somebody will do justice.

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The complete lyrics

Mummy don’t know daddy’s getting hot at the body shop
Doing something unholy

Lucky, lucky girl, she got married to a boy like you
She’d kick you out if she ever, ever knew
‘Bout all the s**t you tell me that you do
Dirty, dirty boy, you know everyone is talking on the scene
I hear them whisperin’ ’bout the places that you’ve been
And how you don’t know how to keep your business clean

Mummy don’t know daddy’s getting hot at the body shop
Doing something unholy
He’s sat back while she’s dropping it, she be popping it, yeah
She put it down slowly
Oh, he left his kids at home
So, he can get that
Mummy don’t know daddy’s getting hot at the body shop, doing something unholy (Woo)

(Kim Petras)
Mmm, daddy, daddy, if you want it, drop the addy
Give me love, give me Fendi, my Balenciaga daddy
You gon’ need to bag it up, ’cause I’m spending on Rodeo (Woo)
You can watch me back it up, I’ll be gone in the AM
And he, he get me Prada, get me Miu Miu like Rihanna
He always call me ’cause I never cause no drama

And when you want it, baby
I know I got you covered
And when you need it, baby
Just jump under the covers

Mummy don’t know daddy’s getting hot at the body shop
Doing something unholy
He’s sat back while she’s dropping it, she be popping it, yeah
She put it down slowly
Oh, he left his kids at home
So, he can get that
Mummy don’t know daddy’s getting hot at the body shop, doing something unholy