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"Real Friends" is the first promotional single and the seventh track off Camila Cabello's debut solo studio album, Camila. It was released through Epic Records on December 7, 2017 along with the pre-order of the album. It is musically soft with an acoustic guitar as its foundation, it finds Cabello reflecting about her life ahile asking for an honest friendship. Its calm production draws from reggae and Latin and tropical music genres.

It entered charts in various countries worldwide including Canada, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Belgium and Ireland. Although it did not appeared on US Billboard Hot 100, it managed to debut at number six on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.

Background Edit

The song was first revealed by Camila in an Instagram's post introducing the album.[1] On December 6, 2017, Camila posted the lyrics, along with the song's artwork, in her Twitter account to promote the song, that was released the next day.[2] On December 21, 2017, Camila revealed the official tracklist of her debut studio album, Camila, which the song is featured as the seventh track.[3] On January 7, 2018, she introduced the song in a tweet by presenting a snippet accompanied by a gif where some lyrics were shown.[4]

The main inspiration behind the track was the industrialist environment of the Los Angeles City in which Cabello felt annoyed about when she was finishing the recording sessions for the album. Upon its release, the song was believed to be about the singer's relationship with her former group Fifth Harmony. However, Cabello denied these speculations. It was well received by music critics who complimented the soft acoustic sound in which it was built around while praised the performer's vocals.

Composition Edit

"Real Friends" is a low-key grooved song characterized by a minimalistic production, with a predominant acoustic guitar as the main instrument and additionally, a lone handclap as percussion. In contrast to the song's soft melody, the verses are sung calmly with Cabello using low register instead of her high soprano tone. In the lyrics, Cabello reflects about being surrounded by negative things and people while vulnerably asks for an honest friendship. It's most evident during chorus, in which she sings: "I'm just looking for some real friends, all they ever do is let me down. Every time I let somebody in, then I find out what they're all about." As commented by Mike Nied of Idolator, Cabello "laments her ability to find true companionship over acoustic strings." Its sound also exhibits influences of tropical, reggae and Latin music. It has a length of three minutes and thirty-three seconds. According to the sheet music published by Sony/ATV Publishing Co., Inc. on Musicnotes.com, "Real Friends" is composed in the key of C minor and set in a 4/4 time signature at a moderate tempo of 92 beats per minute. Cabello's vocal range spawns from the low note B♭3 to the high note C5, while the music follows the chord progression of Cm7–Fm7–B♭–E♭/D.

Reception Edit

Critical response Edit

Upon its release, "Real Friends" received attention from several publications for its lyrical content which was believed to be about Cabello's relationship with her ex-bandmates from Fifth Harmony. Sam Warner from Digital Spy is an example, he said that the song's message could be a subtle dig at her former group. Alex Petridis analyzed the lyrics saying that sounds like it’s dealing with "nights spent feeling isolated while on tour." However, in interview with Access, Cabello denied these speculations affirmating that the song does not refers to anyone in particular, but about a bad situation in which she found herself in a previous moment. Critically, it was well received by music journalists. Elias Leight from Rolling Stone described it as most sparest in comparison to her previously released tracks. For Variety's Staff, "Real Friends" bears resemblance to "Love Yourself" (2015) by Canadian singer Justin Bieber. The magazine acclaimed the track by decribing it as a "gentle, sparsely arranged ballad". Reviewing the album Camila, Jamieson Cox of Pitchfork praised "Real Friends" and another acoustic ballad "All These Years" describing them as "stunning" while Sam Lansky from Time similarly highlighted the song along with the "heartfelt" track "Consequences" writing that both "pretty" ballads showcase her vocals.

Chart performance Edit

"Real Friends" entered charts in various countries worldwide due to positive digital downloads and streaming numbers. It debuted at top hundred in Canada, Netherlands, Scotland, Slovakia and Australia while it reached top forty in several other including Portugal, Denmark, Ireland and Belgium. In the United States, it did not entered the Billboard Hot 100 but debuted at number six on Bubbling Under Hot 100– a component that lists the top singles that have not yet charted on the main Hot 100.

Trivia Edit

  • The song is rumoured to be about some of the Fifth Harmony members.
  • The cover art has Camila as a baby on it.
  • The artwork from the song was drawn by Camila's little sister, Sofia.
  • It was written in the district of Hollywood in Los Angeles, when she was annoyed about the city's industrialist environment and "small things" that was happening in her life.

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Lyrics Edit

[Verse 1]
No, I think I'll stay in tonight
Skip the conversations and the "oh, I'm fine"s
No, I'm no stranger to surprise
This paper town has let me down too many times
Why do I even try? Give me a reason why
I thought that I could trust you, never mind
Why all the switching sides? Where do I draw the line?
I guess I'm too naive to read the signs

[Chorus]
I'm just lookin' for some real friends
All they ever do is let me down
Every time I let somebody in
Then I find out what they're all about
I'm just lookin' for some real friends
Wonder where they're all hidin' out
I'm just lookin' for some real friends
Gotta get up out of this town

[Post-Chorus]
Oh, ohhh
Ohhh, ah

[Verse 2]
I stay up, talkin' to the moon
Been feelin' so alone in every crowded room
Can't help but feel like something's wrong, yeah
'Cause the place I'm livin' in just doesn't feel like home

[Chorus]
I'm just lookin' for some real friends
All they ever do is let me down
Every time I let somebody in
Then I find out what they're all about
I'm just lookin' for some real friends
Wonder where they're all hidin' out
I'm just lookin' for some real friends
Gotta get up out of this town

[Post-Chorus]
Lookin' for some new friends
Oh, ohhh
Ohhh, ah

[Bridge]
I just wanna talk about nothin'
With somebody that means something
Spell the names of all our dreams and demons
For the times that I don't understand
Tell me what's the point of a moon like this
When I'm alone again
Can I run away to somewhere beautiful
Where nobody knows my name?

[Chorus]
I'm just lookin' for some real friends
All they ever do is let me down
Every time I let somebody in
But I find out what they're all about
I'm just lookin' for some real friends
All they ever do is let me down
I'm just lookin' for some real friends
Gotta get up out of this town

[Post-Chorus]
Oh, ohhh
Ohhh, ah

References Edit

Camila
January 12, 2018 • 36:55 • Epic Records, Syco Music, Sony Music
Songs
Released All These YearsConsequencesHavanaI Have QuestionsInside OutIn The DarkInto ItNever Be The SameShe Loves ControlSomething's Gotta GiveReal Friends
Scrapped Crying In The ClubIt's Only NaturalMust Be LoveOMGSangria WineScar TissueThe BoyOnly Told The Moon
Artists
Camila CabelloYoung Thug
Tour
Never Be The Same Tour