Halsey has finally released some new music and fans are beyond ready to get acquainted with the new material. Luckily, the new song “Nightmare” offers fans some incredibly empowering lyrics to sing along to. Here’s an in-depth look at Halsey’s “Nightmare” lyrics, all of which will make you feel like a powerful badass.

Halsey has been teasing the lyrics to “Nightmare” for days leading up to the song’s May 17 release. She even initiated a lyric scavenger hunt in five cities across the United States. Fans in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, and Dallas had the opportunity to scope out Halsey posters and see if any lyrics appeared on them. Luckily for everyone, the fans came through and started piecing together some of the song. Here’s a look at the lyrics fans spotted in each city:

  1. “Save me in your prayers” was seen in New York
  2. “I’ve tasted blood and it’s sweet” was seen in Los Angeles
  3. “C’mon little lady, give us a smile” was seen Chicago
  4. “I’m no sweet dream, but I’m one hell of a night” was seen in San Francisco.
  5. “I’m tired and angry, but somebody should be” was seen Dallas

According to Genius, the Halsey posters also included paragraphs of texts with portions of it censored. Here’s what they said:

“Nightmare disorder is a form of parasomnia, a condition characterized by a sense of extreme discomfort or frightful dreams when sleeping, and [censored]. Nightmares often occur during the rapid eye movement (REM) phase of sleep, or when [censored] occur during the stage of [censored]. The true causes of nightmares are currently unknown.”

Halsey put a lot of thought and creativity into how she was going to launch this single. And now that it’s finally been released, the weight behind the lyrics and its empowering message are fully apparent. It’s clear that nightmare is an anthem for women who are sick and tired of being told they owe anything to anyone but themselves — a message that seems pretty timely as a controversial bill banning virtually all abortions passed in Alabama.

All in all, the lyrics are pretty intense — but in the best, most timely, and much-needed way possible. What else would you expect from Halsey? All her music is powerful, and that’s part of what makes her such a compelling artist.

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