Over a guitar-driven production, Khalid yearns for a love interest to contact him.
Keeping my phone alive Hoping that you call this time Thought I heard your ringing You know I hear things sometimes
It is clear this girl is not interested in pursuing a relationship with Khalid and is snubbing him. This is not surprising as the obsessed singer is repeatedly dialing her number and is possibly creeping her out.
Though I never had you, I used to pretend that you're mine I feel like there's nothing for me here, but still, I try I feel like there's nothing for me here, but still, I try Bruising my finger hitting your line
Khalid has rang his love interest's phone so many times, his fingers are damaged from entering her digits over and over again.
"Don't Pretend" features the Toronto rapper SAFE, who is an affiliate of Drake's OVO label.
Khalid actually recorded the ballad back in 2016 or 2017. It became a last minute addition to Free Spirit when the singer was reminded of the tune and he felt it needed to be included on the record.