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Fingers is a song by singer and songwriter Zayn Malik from his second studio album, Icarus Falls. It is the twenty sixth track of the album.[1]

The track also serves as the fifth single from the album.

Lyrically, the song is about a failed love that is paralyzing the protagonist, preventing him from even texting his lost love.

Background

The song was written by Malik himself, along with Mind of Mine collaborator, Alex Oriet (also known as XYZ) and David Phelan.

The song stands in stark contrast to Zayn's previous two, more dance-infused songs: "Sour Diesel" and the Timbaland-assisted "Too Much".

Zayn later encouraged fans to upload themselves dancing to the song and to tag it "#FingersDance", as a "challenge" that they could potentially win a gift from.

"Create your own dance to #Fingers & upload to any social platform with #FingersDance. We will be sending gifts to a few who participate," the singer posted on Twitter. 

Together with the announcement, Zayn also shared the first video of the challenge, which features three girls dancing to choreography by Charity Baroni.[2]

In the video, the lady squad flawlessly gets down to the sultry beat in a combination of contemporary moves and street dancing.[3]

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Fucked and I want ya
Looked and I loved ya
Stuck, now I need ya
Hopin' I'd see ya

Touch, wanna feel her
Much can't conceal her, no
Hiding all your features, sliding on the filters
Should be you that's in the middle
Don't be hiding what you thinkin'

[Chorus]
I been fucked and I want ya, I can't even text ya
'Cause my fingers ain't working, but my heart is
If you wanna, let me know where you hiding
I can come and love ya (I can come and love)
I can come and love (I can come and love ya)
I can come and love ya (I can come and love)
I can come and love ya (I can come and love ya)

[Verse 2]
What did I tell ya?
Typo said I loved ya
Didn't mean what I was sayin'
No, I wasn't playin', just confused

Was tryna play it smooth
Stood spinnin' in this room
In this state, I been consumed
State, I've been consumed

[Chorus]
'Cause I'm fucked and I want ya, I can't even text ya
'Cause my fingers ain't working, but my heart is
If you wanna, let me know where you hiding
I can come and love ya (I can come and love)
I can come and love (I can come and love ya)
I can come and love ya (I can come and love)
I can come and love ya (I can come and love ya)

[Bridge]
I know it's taking all your strength to keep restrained
'Cause you got different things replacing
Old feelings that you felt
Now you seen it for yourself
Where's the shame? No shame in what you need

[Chorus]
Fucked and I want ya, I can't even text ya
'Cause my fingers ain't working, but my heart is
If you wanna, let me know where you hiding
I can come and love ya (I can come and love)
I can come and love (I can come and love ya)
I can come and love ya (I can come and love)
I can come and love ya (I can come and love ya)

Audio

ZAYN - Fingers (Lyric Video)

ZAYN - Fingers (Lyric Video)

Lyric Video

ZAYN - Fingers (Lyric Video)

ZAYN - Fingers (Lyric Video)

Reception

David Renshaw of The Fader called "Fingers" a "slow jam" with lyrics about texting, with Zayn singing "'my fingers ain't working but my heart is' over a pitched up vocal sample".[4] Jon Blistein of Rolling Stone said the song "boasts an alluring mid-tempo beat with low synths bubbling around a crisp drum groove", explaining that Zayn "keeps his vocals low, yet seductive as he tries to come to grips with an unrequited love while staring at his phone". Gil Kaufman of Billboard called it a "hazy R&B ballad" that concerns "a love that is so paralyzing that it makes your digits freeze up mid-text".[5] 

References

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