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I have always loved that song, and I always wanted it to be the title of the record. And I felt like it was a great complement to where I left off with my other singles, because it is honest and raw, and basically saying, “I know I don’t have it all, I’m not perfect, but I know that I deserve great, and I deserve love, and I deserve all of it, self-love.” It’s just one of those things where it’s a confidence thing, but without being cocky.

– Selena Gomez on 'Rare'.

"Rare" is the first and title track from Selena Gomez's third studio album of the same name. It was released through Interscope Records on January 10, 2020.

Background

The song was recorded by Madison Love, Emily Warren and Charli XCX before Gomez. The song's existence was first revealed in an Instagram Live by Gomez on August 15, 2018. Later that day, songwriter Leland confirmed his involvement in the song.[1] Gomez teased the song's lyrics in an interview with Elle in September 2018.[2] The song was then teased in the Rare album trailer.[3]

Composition

Musically, "Rare" is a three minutes and forty seconds pop song.[4] In terms of music notation, "Rare" was composed in the key of F major, with a tempo of 112 beats per minute.[5] Gomez's vocal range spans from the low note C4 to the high note of D5, giving the song one octave and one note of range.

Music video

The BRTHR-directed music video, released on January 10, 2020, accompanied the song's and album's release.[6]

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Baby
You've been so distant from me lately
And lately
Don’t even wanna call you baby

[Pre-Chorus]

Saw us gettin' older (Older)
Burnin' toast in the toaster
My ambitions were too high
Waiting up for you upstairs (Upstairs)
Why you act like I’m not there?
Baby, right now it feels like

[Chorus]

It feels like you don't care
Why don't you recognize I'm so rare?
Always there
You don't do the same for me, that's not fair
I don't have it all
I'm not claiming to
But I know that I’m special (So special), yeah
And I’ll bet there's somebody else out there
To tell me I’m rare
To make me feel rare

[Verse 2]

Baby
Don't make me count up all the reasons to stay with you
No reason
Why you and I are not succeeding, ah-ah (Mmm, ah, ah)

[Pre-Chorus]

Saw us gettin' older
Burnin' toast in the toaster
My ambitions were too high (Too high)
Waiting up for you upstairs (Upstairs)
Why you act like I’m not there (Oh)
Baby, right now it feels like (What?)

[Chorus]

It feels like you don't care
Why don't you recognize I'm so rare?
Always there
You don't do the same for me, that's not fair
I don't have it all
I'm not claiming to
But I know that I'm special (So special), yeah
And I'll bet there's somebody else out there
To tell me I'm rare
To make me feel rare (Yeah, yeah)

[Bridge]

I'm not gonna beg for you
I'm not gonna let you make me cry (Ah, nah nah, make me cry)
Not getting enough from you (No-oh)
Didn't you know I'm hard to find? (Find, hard to find)

[Pre-Chorus]

Saw us gettin' older
Burnin' toast in the toaster
My ambitions were too high (Too high)
Waiting up for you upstairs
Why you act like I'm not there
Baby, right now it feels like

[Chorus]

It feels like you don't care (You don't care)
Why don't you recognize I'm so rare? (So rare)
I'm always there
You don't do the same for me, that's (That's) not (Not) fair
I don't have it all (I don't have it all)
I'm not claiming to (I'm not claiming to)
But I know that I'm special (So special), yeah
And I'll bet there's somebody else out there
To tell me I'm rare
To make me feel rare (Ooh yeah)

[Outro]

Ah, ah (So rare)
Rare
Ah, ah
Rare


References

Rare
January 10, 2020 • 41:53 • Interscope Records
Songs
Released A Sweeter PlaceBack To YouBad LiarBoyfriendCrowded RoomCut You OffDance AgainFeel MeFetishFunIt Ain't MeKinda CrazyLet Me Get MeLook At Her NowLose You to Love MePeople You KnowRareRingSheSouvenirVulnerableWolves
Unreleased FlawlessGratefulHigher Or HeavenIntroOut Of My HeadStainedThat's Why I Love You
Artists
6LACKGucci ManeKid CudiKygoMarshmelloSelena Gomez
Tour
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