You're gonna be the death of me
I don't want you, but I need you
I love you, hate you at the very same time
(See what I want so much should never hurt this bad)

from Kanye West (Ft. John Mayer) – Bittersweet Poetry Lyrics on Rap Genius


West has written this poem for a specific girl that he has dubbed Bittersweet, which is a specific flavor of chocolate that is, of course, both sweet and bitter. “Bittersweet, you’re gonna be the death of me” is a play on death by chocolate, a common phrase of sweet tooth addiction.

Furthermore, Bittersweet is used to describe their love, which is something he doesn’t merely wants but needs, and it’s filled with misery, for he wants her, but she’s not good for him and causes pain, “See what I want so much should never hurt this bad”.

Love can be great, but it can also hurt. Like everything in life, it has its good and its bad sides.

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