Hate U Love U (Olivia O'Brien song)

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"Hate U Love U"
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Single by Olivia O'Brien
Released December 9, 2016
Format Digital download
Recorded 2016
Genre Pop
Length 2:55
Label
Writer(s)
  • Garrett Nash
  • Olivia O'Brien
  • Angel Benitez
Producer(s) Gnash
Olivia O'Brien singles chronology

"Find What You're Looking For"
(2016)
"Hate U Love U"
(2016)
"Empty"
(2017)

Peaked @ #99 on January 14, 2017

Los Angeles singer-producer Gnash paired up with Bay Area singer-songwriter Olivia O'Brien to create this song. O'Brien originally wrote the track and already had a working relationship with Gnash having covered his tune "Disposable." They met up in LA and Gnash reworked the beat and added a verse. Released as a single, it became the first chart-topper in Australia for both artists. The song is about the aftermath of a break-up when both parties are still missing each other. While O'Brien is still in the same emotional place as when they broke up, Gnash has partly been able to move on. He sings:

I know that I control my thoughts and I should stop reminiscing But I learned from my dad that it's good to have feelings When love and trust are gone I guess this is moving on

Gnash explained in a Genius.com attribution: "I never really felt what moving on felt like, even after the first time we broke up, because the door never really closed. This time because I'm deciding to I'm actually feeling it and it sucks. This is actually also a reference to the line 'I guess this is growing up' in Dammit by Blink-182." Olivia O'Brien told ABC Radio that she originally wrote the song as she was "sad about a boy." She added, "I have hundreds of songs from my freshman year... where I would just write about all the boys I liked... and they're all so bad! This one just turned out to be good!"

Music video

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Lyrics

I hate you, I love you
I hate that I want you
Don't want to, but I can't put
Nobody else above you
I hate you, I love you
I hate that I want you
You want her, you need her
And I'll never be her

Feeling used, but I'm still missing you
And I can't see the end of this
Just wanna feel your kiss against my lips
And now all this time is passing by
But I still can't seem to tell you why
It hurts me every time I see you
Realize how much I need you

I hate you, I love you
I hate that I want you
Don't want to, but I can't put
Nobody else above you
I hate you, I love you
I hate that I want you
You want her, you need her
And I'll never be her

What about all the times
You would pick me up and we'd just drive
Around until we found a place to stay and waste the day away
We'd do nothing but it was okay with me
You say it's not good to spend all my time
Thinking about you so late at night
But I can't stop once I start it's like an avalanche
Thoughts coming and I just wanna hold your hand
Hold your breath, I'm going under
Not coming up 'til this night is over
'Til this night is over

I hate you, I love you
I hate that I want you
Don't want to, but I can't put
Nobody else above you
I hate you, I love you
I hate that I want you
You want her, you need her
And I'll never be her

All alone, I watch you watch her
Like she's the only girl you've ever seen
You don't care, you never did
You don't give a damn about me
Yeah, all alone, I watch you watch her
She is the only thing you've ever seen
How is it you never notice
That you are slowly killing me

I hate you, I love you
I hate that I want you
Don't want to, but I can't put
Nobody else above you
I hate you, I love you
I hate that I want you
You want her, you need her
And I'll never be her


Weekly charts

Chart (2017 Peak
position
January 14, 2017 99