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"Simplethings" - Miguel (From the Girls Soundtrack, Vol. 2) [YouTube Audio & Lyrics]

Patrick Lyons

by Patrick Lyons

Published February 04, 2014

As I'm led to believe, the show Girls attempts to add some grit to the "twentysomethings in the big city" narrative that Sex in the City and Friends popularized. If you sub in '90s R&B for those '90s shows, then Miguel has a similar mission of dirtying up the norm on "Simplethings," taken from the latest Girls soundtrack. Listen in above.

Featuring a fuzzy electric guitar where a smooth synth would feel more comfortable, "Simplethings" does a mind-blowing job of meshing its disparate elements together in a seamless fashion. Describing the song as "grungy" might be a stretch, but this is surely boundary-pushing R&B. Miguel is superb as ever, beginning the song subtly before exploring the vast range of his voice in the second half. He pines for a no-frills relationship (that mostly involves smoking, lying down and laughing), and it's easy to imagine that sentiment finding a parallel in the Girls universe.

Listen to Jenny Lewis' contribution to the soundtrack, and preorder the album on iTunes. For more Miguel, watch his recent video with Big Sean, and check out the lyrics to "Simplethings" below.

Miguel "Simplethings" lyrics:

She said, I don't want a model
I don't want a movie star
You don't have to win the lotto
I want you to win my heart

[Pre-hook]
She said I just want someone true
She said I just want someone to

[Hook]
Smoke with me babe
And lay with me babe
And laugh with me babe
I just want the simple things
To smoke with me babe
And laugh with me baby
And lay with me babe
Cause I just want the simple things
And I just want you
I want you

I said, now I don't need a model
Now I don't need a debutante
Just be a tough act to follow
You know, a free spirit, with a wild heart

[Pre-hook]
I said I just want someone real, someone true
I said I just want someone else

x2
Smoke with me baby
Lay with me baby
Laugh with me baby girl
I just want the simple things

[Bridge]
I just want you
Okay baby, I just want you
You, I want you baby
You, alright, I just want you
You

x2

[Outro]
I just want you
I just want you
Give me all of you
All of you darling, oh, I want you
I want you
I just want the simple things

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Source: Miguel Official YouTube Channel

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