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Conan Gray Performs “Maniac“ & “The Story“ + EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW | MTV Push

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♪ You were with your friends ♪ ♪ Partying ♪ ♪ When the alcohol kicked in ♪ ♪ Said you wanted me dead, so ♪ ♪ You show up at my home ♪ ♪ All alone with a shovel and a rose ♪ ♪ Do you think I'm a joke, well ♪ ♪ People like you always want back what they can't have ♪ ♪ But I'm past that and you know that ♪ ♪ So you should turn back to your outback ♪ ♪ Tell 'em I'm trash ♪ ♪ Tell all of your friends that I'm crazy and drive you mad ♪ ♪ That I'm such a stalker, a watcher, a psychopath ♪ ♪ Then tell them you hate me and dated me just for laughs ♪ ♪ So, why do you call me and tell me you want me back? ♪ ♪ You maniac ♪ ♪ You maniac ♪ ♪ You maniac ♪ ♪ You maniac ♪ ♪ You just went too far ♪ ♪ Wrecked your car, called me crying in the dark ♪ ♪ Now you're breaking my heart ♪ ♪ So I show up at your place right away ♪ ♪ Wipe the tears off of your face ♪ ♪ While you beg me to stay, well ♪ ♪ People like you always want back what they can't have ♪ ♪ But I'm past that and you know that ♪ ♪ So you should turn back to your outback ♪ ♪ Tell them I'm trash ♪ ♪ Tell all of your friends that I'm crazy and drive you mad ♪ ♪ That I'm such a stalker, a watcher, a psychopath ♪ ♪ Then tell them you hate me and dated me just for laughs ♪ ♪ So why do you call me and tell me you want me back ♪ ♪ You maniac ♪ ♪ You maniac ♪ ♪ You maniac ♪ ♪ You maniac ♪ ♪ Psychopathic don't be so dramatic ♪ ♪ We had magic but you made it tragic ♪ ♪ Now you're manic, honestly I've had it ♪ ♪ Listen to yourself, think you need to get some help ♪ ♪ Tell all of your friends that I'm crazy and drive you mad ♪ ♪ That I'm such a stalker, a watcher, a psychopath ♪ ♪ Then tell them you hate me and dated me just for laughs ♪ ♪ So why do you call me and tell me you want me back ♪ ♪ You maniac ♪ ♪ You maniac ♪ ♪ You maniac ♪ ♪ You maniac ♪ ♪ You were with your friends, partying ♪ ♪ When the alcohol kicked in ♪ ♪ Said you wanted me dead, so ♪ ♪ You show up at my home ♪ ♪ All alone with a shovel and a rose ♪ – I wrote maniac in the shower I was sitting in this shower that had great reverb and I was like, wow, it's so echo-y, I sound like I'm in the studio or something and I, I just remember singing, I was like, "Tell all of your friends that I'm crazy– ♪ And drive you mad ♪ ♪ That I'm such a stalker, a watcher, a psychopath ♪ I wrote maniac after I'd gotten this really, sloppy drunk text from someone that I hadn't talked to in months and I was like, why are you texting me? That is so weird, we're not even friends anymore

You told everyone that I was insane Like, I don't know what you want from me ♪ You maniac ♪ I came up with the melody, all the lines in the shower And then I went and I wrote, finished it out on guitar like the bridge and everything like that And then I took it into the studio, I was like, "I wanna make just like the most cathartic massive pop song" And we went in and just like, I just knew I wanted this driving bass line, I just wanted it to be like really big

Sometimes I'll write a song that's kind of out of, just like, I want it to be fun and sometimes, I don't wanna write a song that makes me wanna cry Sometimes I wanna write a song that makes me wanna dance and punch someone in the face and "Maniac" is one of those songs where I just wanted it to be a release ♪ You need to get some help ♪ ♪ Tell all of your friends that I'm crazy and drive you mad ♪ The second I wrote this song, I was like, "This is a song made for screaming" You don't just sing this song, you belt it in the car, you scream it in your bedroom, it's a very specific song and so I wanted the production to mirror that feeling ♪ You maniac ♪ ♪ You maniac ♪ ♪ You maniac ♪ ♪ Let me tell you a story ♪ ♪ About a boy and a girl ♪ ♪ It's kinda short, kinda boring ♪ ♪ But the end is a whirl ♪ ♪ They were just sixteen when the people were mean ♪ ♪ So they didn't love themselves ♪ ♪ And now they're gone ♪ ♪ Headstones on a lawn ♪ ♪ And when I was younger ♪ ♪ I knew a boy and a boy ♪ ♪ Best friends with each other ♪ ♪ But always wished they were more ♪ ♪ 'Cause they loved one other ♪ ♪ But never discovered ♪ ♪ 'Cause they were too afraid ♪ ♪ Of what they'd say ♪ ♪ Moved to different states ♪ ♪ Oh and I'm afraid that's just the way the world works ♪ ♪ It ain't funny, it ain't pretty, it ain't sweet ♪ ♪ Oh and I'm afraid that's just the way the world works ♪ ♪ But I think that it could work for you and me ♪ ♪ Just wait and see ♪ ♪ It's not the end of the story ♪ ♪ Now it's on to the sequel ♪ ♪ About me and my friend ♪ ♪ Both our parents were evil ♪ ♪ So we both made a bet ♪ ♪ If we worked and we saved ♪ ♪ We could both run away ♪ ♪ And we'd have a better life ♪ ♪ And I was right ♪ ♪ I wonder if she's all right ♪ ♪ Oh and I'm afraid that's just the way the world works ♪ ♪ It ain't funny, it ain't pretty, it ain't sweet ♪ ♪ Oh and I'm afraid that's just the way the world works ♪ ♪ But I think that it could work for you and me ♪ ♪ Just wait and see ♪ ♪ It's not the end of the story ♪ ♪ And a movie's always running in my head ♪ ♪ All the people, all the lovers, all my friends ♪ ♪ And I hope that they all get their happy end ♪ ♪ In the end ♪ ♪ Oh and I'm afraid that's just the way the world works ♪ ♪ It ain't funny, it ain't pretty, it ain't sweet ♪ ♪ Oh and I'm afraid that's just the way the world works ♪ ♪ But I think that it could work for you and me ♪ ♪ Just wait and see ♪ ♪ It's not the end of the story ♪ – "The Story" is one of the songs that I think touches more on my past than necessarily where I am at the moment but "The Story" is more about what happened to me as a kid and also what happened to me and my friends as kids

♪ They were just sixteen when the people were mean ♪ ♪ So they didn't love themselves ♪ ♪ And now they're gone ♪ I was a really alone kid and I felt so small in this giant, giant world and there were so many times growing up that I couldn't even imagine getting older than 12 or 13 I couldn't imagine surviving my childhood and I couldn't imagine becoming an adult 'cause it seemed so unrealistic And there were a lot of times that I just didn't really want to be alive you know? I didn't want to have to go through it anymore It was just too much, it was way too much for me to handle ♪ Oh and I'm afraid that's just the way the world works ♪ ♪ It ain't funny, it ain't pretty, it ain't sweet ♪ "The Story" is kind of a song that I wish I would have had when I was a kid

There was nobody really telling me as a kid that I was gonna make it I wish that somebody would have come up to 12 year old Conan and been like, hey kid it's all gonna be okay You're gonna make it out, you're gonna survive and, your life may seem so hard right now but it's gonna be okay You're gonna do really cool things and there's so much ahead of you right now that you haven't experienced yet ♪ All the people, all the lovers, all my friends ♪ ♪ And I hope that they all get their happy end ♪ I had no idea that everything was gonna flip like that for me

I was sitting in my room making a song on GarageBand with not even the slightest clue that it was gonna go viral and I was gonna get signed and do all these crazy things I had no idea and like, everything can change in a moment and just that thought is something that kept me going and I hope that people who listen to the song and listen to the album are able to take away that message as well ♪ Just wait and see ♪ ♪ It's not the end of the story ♪ Hey y'all, it's Conan Gray and I'm about to be in it for a minute ♪ When the alcohol kicked in ♪ – [Producer] All right, we got a minute on the clock Here we go, three, two, one

– Do you talk to yourself when no one's around? Absolutely, literally all the time, it's disgusting Do you have any tattoos? None Have you ever cleared your internet search history? Everyday I'm afraid that I'm being stalked, because we all are Have you ever cried in the last week? I cry two times a year, to be honest, I have no emotions

Have you ever taken the blame for something so that someone else wouldn't get in trouble? Totally, I've covered my sister's ass so many times that she owes me money Have you ever eaten food that fell on the floor? Yesterday, I like ate a Cheeto (laughing) Do you check to see who views your Instagram story? If I'm waiting for someone to watch my Instagram story, a very specific person that I'm in love with, absolutely Are aliens real? Yes, and we are them Have you ever accidentally texted the wrong person? Totally Let's forget that

Do you ever wish you could steal another singer's song? Every single day, "Style" by Taylor Swift Do you keep a journal, oh also "Ribs" by Lorde Do you keep– – Five – Do you keep a journal slash diary? No, I just write songs Have you ever seen a ghost? Yes, I wish I was a ghost

I did a lot ♪ You maniac ♪ ♪ You maniac ♪ Hey y'all it's Conan Gray and I'm going to transform this hoodie into a one of a kind piece of merchandise I don't know why I sound old English, that's just how it's become I just have too many thoughts in my head all of the time It's just like screaming, my head is always screaming at me and so anything that kind of distracts me from the fact that there's just so much going on inside my head, really is just great for my mental health

Also, I was always moving around I always had a bunch of, I never had a stable life so art was a way for me to have something that I could control in my life that wasn't constantly changing and threatening to kill me I literally drew all of the time And I think I realized that people liked my art once once my friends started asking me to draw things for them I was like, oh you like this You like what I drew? So yeah, that's kind of when I realized that like, maybe I'm a little better than my friends but because they wouldn't be asking me to be making them something if they could just do it themselves I still draw a lot

Kind of for my job, which is really great because I love drawing I still draw all of my own merch, well most of it And I still, I still draw all the time for like, if I need to do a music video or something, I have to draw out the scene by scene I direct my own videos a lot of the times and I always come up with the ideas myself and I just like to make stuff I get really bored really easily too, so if I'm not constantly doing something, then it's a disaster you know, everyone's annoyed with me

So it's just good to keep me busy, otherwise I'll drive you insane When I wanna get something off my chest, I write a song about it If I wanna get a concept that I've had for a really long time into existence, then I'll usually draw it or I make something else It honestly just kind of depends on like the situation, if I'm feeling, what I feel like I like to do all things, otherwise I get bored

I totally use clothing as a form of self expression I dress the way that I feel in the moment, so some days I dress really, really really like punk and kind of grungy which I really like to do But other days, I'll dress, I'm trying to multitask right now and this is where I'm failing But other days, I dress very very baby, 'cause I am baby sometimes as well Since it depends on the mood, I do think I use it very much as a form of self expression and as a way for me to kinda express how I'm feeling

Okay I'm done Ta-da, it's an eyeball So this is how I feel when I haven't slept a good night of sleep in a very long time I feel like there's just a very dark, deep abyss of death rings in my eyeballs I've been on tour for a long time, the whole entire year basically

And I'm on tour right now and sometimes I wake up and I feel like this I would wear it I don't think I'd make something that I wouldn't wear I'm too self conscious To whoever owns this, maybe don't wear it to work? People ask you questions

I think this is a lounge wear item, so maybe wear it on the couch Also get some sleep, you don't wanna be like this (camera shutter clicking) What's the craziest thing you've ever done for love? Exist ♪ You think you're funny right ♪ ♪ Calling me drunk ♪ Hey y'all, it's Conan Gray and this is On the Record So this from my song "Checkmate"

Name three songs on your breakup playlist "Checkmate" by Conan Gray is definitely on my breakup playlist because I wrote it about my breakup Fun What else? Maybe "Lover You Should've Come Over" by Jeff Buckley, the love of my life "Someone Like You" by Adele will always, always be the ultimate break up song

I don't care who you are, I don't care how cool you think you are I don't care if you listen to Bon Iver, "Someone Like You" by Adele is undeniably one of the best songs ever made of all time and it's like the break up song This is from my song "Crush Culture" What's one thing you'd change about dating culture? I don't give a (censored) who you are, I don't really wanna see you with your tongue down someone else's throat I don't really wanna see that

I didn't ask You can do that anytime you want, just not in front of me Like, do that somewhere else – This is for my song "Maniac", what's the craziest thing you've ever done for love? Exist, I hate existing I wish I didn't exist, but I exist everyday because allegedly, there's somebody on earth who's perfect for me

Sure, I don't believe any of that That's Maybe there's nobody, have we ever considered that? Maybe you don't have a soul mate

Maybe you're just destined to be alone forever This is for my song "The Story" How do you think your fans describe you? I think they would describe me as a massive over thinker, and that I am very strange and I should try, I should try calming down – This is the last one, this is from my song "Comfort Crowd" Who are three celebs you want in your clique? Very obviously Taylor Swift I mean, it's Taylor Swift

Do I even have to explain? Then probably Lorde, my favorite person of all time I'd probably just sit there and ask her a lot of questions about life Just like, not even about her songs Just like, what do I do now Lorde, where do I go? Are you okay, where are you? Come back Also, why? And how, you know just questions about life

And she'd have the answers "Why do we exist?" She'd have an answer Last person in my clique is my best friend Ashley She's not a celebrity, but she's a celebrity in my eyes Thank you very much

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