Shawn Mendes-Khalid Duet “Youth” Was Inspired by Manchester Attack

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Shawn Mendes just dropped another song from his upcoming third album and it’s giving “In My Blood” a run for its money when it comes to hitting us in the feels. “Youth” is a powerful duet with Khalid that was written with the terrorist attack that happened at Ariana Grande May 2017 concert in Manchester, U.K. in mind.

“I was in London and I was very close to all that time, right after the Manchester thing…in London there was the attack on the bridge,” the 19-year-old tells Zane Lowe in a Beats 1 radio interview. “I remember that day thinking like, ‘OK, I gotta text [Khalid].’ When I texted him, I said when we get together, we have to make a statement. We have to move. We have to write about what’s going on in life and how the youth is feeling because I think we have the voice to do that.”

The musicians came up with “Youth,” a tune all about living in a world where you constantly hear about devastation, but not letting it stop you from living your best life.

The boys croon, “Pain, but I won’t let it turn into hate / No, I won’t let it change me / Never losing sight of the one I keep inside / Now, I know it / Yeah, I know it / You can’t take my youth away / This soul of mine will never break / As long as I wake up today / You can’t take my youth away”

“Youth” is available to download or stream on iTunes and Spotify now and will be featured on Shawn Mendes: The Album, out on May 25.