“Rubberband:” a Snap on the Wrist Heartbreaker

“Rubberband:” a Snap on the Wrist Heartbreaker

Lauren Kosich, Staff Writer

Getting over someone is hard; breakups are hard. If you have a breakup playlist ready to play at any time(and if you do not, you should have one, they are fabulous) add this song to your heartbreaking tunes. On Jan. 20, 2021, Tate McRae, only 17, released her song called “Rubberband.”The song is about McRae snapping a rubberband on her wrist while she is getting over a relationship. She stated in an interview with Atwood Magazine, “As a high school girl myself, I can relate to everyone my age and if you think about it, people when they grow up, they still have those same feelings.”

I have only listened to “you broke me first” by McRae before and it is a really amazing song. It was also about heartbreak, but the good ones usually are. So, I was very excited to hear this one because I know she makes good music and I love a sad song about breakups. (Tissues are always a must.) The first verse is McRae reminiscing about her old relationship, pondering memories, and wondering if love was set up to fail in the first place. In the line, “Was it a wasted couple months?”, she speculates if the whole thing was meaningful or not. She follows with, “Does it make me the criminal? That I let you go. That I broke us and left.” Here, she wonders if it was her fault that the relationship ended, and considers herself evil for leaving her partner. 

The chorus goes, “And I got this rubber band on my wrist, on my wrist. And I snap it every time that I think about your lips… Almost break it everytime when I’m trying to forget.” McRae wears this rubber band around her wrist to help her cope with the loss of her relationship and move on from the past because she cannot go back and repair what is broken. The idea behind the rubber band on the wrist is that your brain will subconsciously start avoiding your mental stress to prevent the unpleasant snapping of the rubber band. 

This song was amazingly well-written. She does a great job summing up the heartbreak and pain from a breakup and putting it into a melodic but kind of depressing song. You should definitely go listen to this right now and you will be in your feels. (Tissues may be needed.)