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‘Yours’ by Post Malone - Lyrics & Meaning

June 17, 2024 2:12 pm GMT
Last Edited July 19, 2024 2:48 pm GMT

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Post Malone - ‘Yours’

Songwriters - Post Malone, Ashley Gorley, ERNEST, Charlie Handsome and Taylor Phillips

Date of Unreleased Teaser: June 16th, 2024 (Father's Day)

Official Release Date: TBC*

*Expected to appear on Post Malone's debut country album, F-1Trillion, which drops on August 16th, 2024

The Background:

It's safe to say Post Malone has been spoiling his fans in 2024. With his record-breaking Morgan Wallen collaboration, ‘I Had Some Help’, sitting at No. 1 for a fourth week on the Billboard Hot 100, and with Post Malone announcing a brand new collaboration with Blake Shelton, ’Pour Me a Drink’, Posty decided this wasn't enough, and proceeded to tease another country track on Father's Day, ‘Yours’.

The sweet, endearing ballad finds the bearded crooner exploring sonic and thematic territory he's never ventured into before, with Post Malone vulnerably reflecting on his relationship with his daughter across a sparse, steel-drenched instrumental.

He accompanied the brief snippet by wishing his follows a “Happy Father's Day”, and fans have already been heralding the new track as the perfect father-daughter dance song.

Although we don't yet have word of a release date for ‘Yours’, which was co-penned by Post Malone with songwriting heavyweights ERNEST, Ashley Gorley, Charlie Handsome and Taylor Phillips, the introspective track is expected to appear on Posty's debut country album, F-1TRILLION, which drops on August 16th, 2024. During Post Malone's special ‘A Night in Nashville’ show in partnership with Bud Light in July, he performed the live debut of the intricate ode to his daughter.

The Sound:

Post Malone's voice is more exposed and out in the open on ‘Yours’ than it is on any track he's previously shared, with the ‘Chemical’ hitmaker preferring to coat his signature vibrato in swathes of atmospheric effects and ethereal reverb.

On ‘Yours’, however, Post Malone's captivating, haunting vocals are cushioned by a gentle, stripped-back combination of a soothing acoustic guitar, pedal steel and a deliberate, emphatic drum pattern that enters the fray for the evocative hook.

This concoction gives ‘Yours’ a traditional country feel, following more closely to the ambience of ‘Never Love You Again’ than the comparatively uptempo, pop-inspired ‘Pour Me a Drink’ with Blake Shelton and ‘I Had Some Help’ with Morgan Wallen.

The Meaning:

“Don't know who you are, one day I'm going to

And it's gonna break my heart when she gives hers to you

It won't be tomorrow, but it's gonna be too soon”

Post Malone begins by looking into the future and addressing the person his daughter choosing to marry when she's older, in a similar fashion to Thomas Rhett's ‘To The Guys That Date My Girls’. Posty underlines that this isn't going to happen any time soon, but nonetheless, he can't help but feel a twinge of sadness knowing that one day he'll have to give his daughter away. He poignantly reflects on how it'll break his heart when she devotes hers to her partner.

“When I walk her down that aisle and do what daddies have to do

And she might be wearing white, but her first dress, it was pink”

The snippet Post Malone shared on Father's Day (June 16, 2024) tantalisingly incorporated the end of one of the verses and what appears to be the entire hook for ‘Yours’. Posty's daughter - whose identity he's endeavoured to keep private, alongside that of his fiancé - was born in 2022, and is therefore still only a toddler.

Movingly, though, on ‘Yours’, Post Malone looks ahead to the day she gets married, as he reluctantly accepts he'll eventually “do what daddies have to do” and give her away once she meets the person she loves. Nonetheless, he spends much of ‘Yours’ warning her future partner that she'll always be his daughter.

Post Malone conveys this via the stark contrast between the white she's wearing on her wedding day and the little pink dress she wore as a child, underlining to her prospective husband that Posty will have loved her for many more years than he has.

“She might be your better half, yeah, but she's my everything

We both love her forever, but I loved her long before”

We get another clever piece of juxtaposition in the following lines, as Posty admits she'll be her husband's “better half”, before sharing she's far more than that to him - she's his “everything”. Looking ahead, he croons that they'll both “love her forever”, but when considering who will have loved her the longest, it's no competition.

It's worth highlighting here that, although there's a distinctive feeling of reluctance to let his daughter go, Post Malone's affirmations throughout ‘Yours’ don't carry any sense of bitterness or possessiveness, rather, he's simply reiterating throughout the lyrics how deeply and unwaveringly he loves his daughter.

“And one day I know I'll give her away

Buddy, that don't mean she's yours”

Post Malone concludes the heartwarming hook by reminding his daughter's future husband that, although he'll have to “give her away” at the wedding, this doesn't mean she will then belong to her partner. He nimbly pivots from the common marital tradition of the father “giving the daughter away” to the resolution that she'll forever be Posty's in some sense, because she'll always be his daughter.

“Today she said her first word

She's a long way from ‘I do’

Right now, she runs at me

One day she'll run at you

And it will be your best day, but it's gonna be my worst

You might watch her walking towards you, but I saw her walking first”

Post Malone again reminds listeners his daughter is many years away from saying ‘I do’, before offering up another flurry of powerful contrasts to emphasise how much he's dreading the day he gives her away. Now, he loves how she runs into his arms, but this leads him to think about the moment she wants to run into her husband's arms instead, a lyric that's mirrored in the final line of this verse (“You might watch her walking towards you, but I saw her walking first”). Posty muses how the wedding will be the ‘best day’ of her husband's life, but far from his.

She's still my little girl

It's crazy, thinking one day she'll be someone else's world”

In the outro, Post Malone reflect on how she'll always be his “little girl”, before touching on how disorienting it is to think of her becoming someone else's world, as well as his.

“Even if she takes your last name

Buddy, that don't mean she's yours”

Post Malone ends by adjusting the final chorus slightly, doubling down on the core message of ‘Yours’ by emphasising to her husband that, even if she takes his last name in marriage, this doesn't mean she'll become his - she'll always be Posty's daughter. This feels particularly important, given that the original - and antiquated - reason for the woman taking the man's name in marriage was indeed a sign of possession.

What has Post Malone said about ‘Yours’?

When sharing it, Post Malone commented under the snippet, “Happy Father's Day”, with ‘Yours’ arriving as an unexpected gift to his fans, whose attention was focussed on his keenly awaited new Blake Shelton collaboration, ’Pour Me a Drink’.

Although Posty has not discussed the inspiration behind ’Yours’ just yet, he did touch on his love for his daughter during his appearance on the Call Her Daddy podcast with Alex Cooper in 2023, “It's really tough not being able to see her, but she's coming out [on the road] more often now. I'm just happy to see her. But it is heartbreaking having to leave and not be able to be with her all the time”.

Post Malone went on to stress that he's been looking after himself more ever since his daughter came along, “I guess not being able to be there for my baby, which is a new fear. That's why I tried to slow down on drinking, to take better care of my body”. Posty has a tattoo of his daughter's initials, ‘DDP’, inscribed across his forehead.

For the full lyrics so far to Post Malone's ‘Yours’, see below:

“Don't know who you are, one day I'm going to

And it's gonna break my heart when she gives hers to you

It won't be tomorrow, but it's gonna be too soon

When I walk her down that aisle and do what daddies have to do

-

And she might be wearing white, but her first dress, it was pink

She might be your better half, yeah, but she's my everything

We both love her forever, but I loved her long before

And one day I know I'll give her away

Buddy, that don't mean she's yours

-

Today she said her first word

She's a long way from ‘I do’

Right now, she runs at me

One day she'll run at you

And it will be your best day, but it's gonna be my worst

You might watch her walking towards you, but I saw her walking first

-

Yeah she might be wearing white, but her first dress, it was pink

She might be your better half, yeah, but she's my everything

We both love her forever, but I loved her long before

And one day I know I'll give her away

Buddy, that don't mean she's yours

-

She's still my little girl

It's crazy, thinking one day she'll be someone else's world

-

Yeah she might be wearing white, but her first dress, it was pink

She might be your better half, yeah, but she's my everything

We both love her forever, but I loved her long before

And one day I know I'll give her away

Buddy, that don't mean she's yours

Even if she takes your last name

Buddy, that don't mean she's yours”

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Written by Maxim Mower
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