Living Proof

Songfacts®:

  • Camila Cabello told her fans that she wanted the Romance album "to sound like what falling in love feels like." This song, one of the first written for the record, finds her describing the sensual pleasure she gets from her romantic partner.

    Soft to the touch like, baby
    Ooh, there's God in every move
    Ooh, and you're the living proof


    She adores everything he does to her in the bedroom.
  • Cabello uses spiritual imagery throughout the song to describe the way her beau takes her to heaven. She talks of her divine lover "saving her," there's "God in every move," and her body crashing into him is "like a choir singing Hallelujah."
  • Some fans have speculated that Cabello wrote this about her relationship with Shawn Mendes. However, she first tweeted about the tune in February 2019, four months before she started dating the Canadian pop star.
  • Camila Cabello wrote the song with:

    Justin Tranter, whose other credits include Justin Bieber's "Sorry," Hailee Steinfeld's "Love Myself," and Selena Gomez' "Good For You." This was Cabello's first collaboration with the songwriter.

    Ali Tamposi, who previously contributed to Cabello's chart-topping tunes "Havana" and "Señorita."
  • The production was by Robin Fredrikson and Mattias Larsson, who comprise the Swedish production team Mattman & Robin. The duo's other credits include DNCE's "Cake By The Ocean," Imagine Dragons' "Believer," and Selena Gomez' "Hands To Myself."
  • Camila Cabello explained the track's meaning in a video, saying, "The song is really about just being intimate with the person you're in love with and how beautiful and divine and otherworldly that can feel."
  • The Alan Ferguson-directed music video finds Cabello dancing through various dreamscapes wearing a selection of flowing dresses. She is also seen cavorting with a group of dancers and reclining in a bed of petals. The clip resembles the 1852 John Everett Millais painting of Hamlet's Ophelia, which depicted the Shakespearian character floating in a pool covered in fallen flowers.

    Adds Cabello: "The overall concept of the video is a very surrealistic, dreamy, ethereal, sensual, soft landscape. It really is just images that capture, to me, this very divine energy."

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