With ‘Skin,’ Sabrina Carpenter Gives Her Perspective on That ‘Drivers License’ Drama
The Sabrina Carpenter POV has arrived, and finally, the trifecta is complete. As Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” continues to dominate the charts, the “older blond girl” she maybe references in an early verse has released her own song, likely about the situation. (However, that’s not confirmed.) Rodrigo’s maybe-ex who probably inspired the song, Joshua Bassett, dropped his own single, “Lie Lie Lie,” in the interim.
On “Skin,” released just after midnight on January 22, former Girl Meets World star Sabrina Carpenter seemingly addresses the drama, singing, perhaps (maybe—who knows?) to Rodrigo, “Maybe we could have been friends / If I met you in another life. / Maybe then we could pretend / There’s no gravity in the words we write. / Maybe you didn’t mean it / Maybe ‘blonde’ was the only rhyme.”
The “two sides to every story” theme continues throughout the song in lyrics like, “I’m happy and you hate it, hate it, oh / And I’m not asking you to let it go. / But you been tellin’ your side / So I’ll be telling mine“ and, “Don’t drive yourself insane.” In the chorus, Carpenter sings, “You can try / To get under my, under my, under my skin / While hе’s on mine. / Yeah, all on my, all on my, all on my skin. / I wish you knew that еven you / Can’t get under my skin if I don’t let you in.”
We have to say, while Carpenter has every right to add her two cents to this story, the message here is a little muddled. If the situation hasn’t gotten under her skin…why is she writing a song about it? Perhaps the pop star doth protest too much.
On Twitter, fans were quick to give this new twist in the saga the meme treatment, mostly focusing on the fact that in Rodrigo’s song, at least, maybe-Carpenter is painted as intimidating but blameless. “Drivers License” is really about being sad that your first love has moved on, it’s not really about feeling scorned. So to fans, the response seems perhaps unwarranted.