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Cannibal promo single cover
Ke$ha
Written by Joshua Coleman
Kesha Sebert
Mathieu Jomphe
Pebe Sebert
Produced by Ammo
Billboard
Length 3:14
(See official versions)
Album
Cannibal
Promotional single chronology
Previous Sleazy
Next Till the World Ends (The Femme Fetale Remix

"Cannibal" is a song performed by Ke$ha. It serves as the opening track, as well as the second promotional single on Ke$ha's debut extended play, Cannibal. An official lyric video was released on KeshaVEVO on March 3, 2020, almost a decade after its original release.

Background

When asked if she was as big of a man-eater as she claimed on the track, she said

When I really like somebody, it totally flips. But before I give two shits about a guy, I tend to treat him as my plaything, like a cat playing with her food before she eats it. It’s kinda fucked up.
[1]

Composition

Kesha employs a rap-sing style on the track where she raps lyrics like "Whenever you tell me I'm pretty / That's when the hunger really hits me" and "I have a heart I swear I do / Just not baby when it comes to you". "Cannibal", makes use of synth and dance driven backings while Kesha sings about maneater tendencies and makes a reference to notorious serial-killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Her vocal range spans from low note of F4 to high note of F5-F#5. Present throughout the song are snippets of Kesha yodeling. The aid of autotune and vocoders are prominent throughout the track, also.

Official versions

  • 3:14 - Album version
    • 3:14 - Instrumental version

Lyrics

I have a heart I swear I do
But just not baby when it comes to you
I get so hungry
When you say you love me (hush)
If you know what's good for you

I think you're hot I think you're cool
You're the kinda guy I'd stalk in school
But now that I'm famous
You're up my anus
Now I'm gonna eat you fool

I eat boys up breakfast and lunch
Then when I'm thirsty I drink their blood
Carnivore animal I am a cannibal
I eat boys up you better run

I am cannibal
I am cannibal (I'll eat you up)
I am cannibal
I am cannibal (I'll eat you up)

Whenever you tell me I'm pretty
That's when the hunger really hits me
Your little heart goes pitter patter
I want your liver on a platter

Use your finger to stir my tea
And for dessert I'll suck your teeth
Be too sweet and you'll be a goner
Yeah I'll pull a Jeffrey Dahmer

I eat boys up breakfast and lunch
Then when I'm thirsty I drink their blood
Carnivore animal I am a cannibal
I eat boys up you better run

I am cannibal
I am cannibal (I'll eat you up)
I am cannibal
I am cannibal (I'll eat you up)

I am cannibal
I am cannibal (I'll eat you up)
I am cannibal
I am cannibal (I'll eat you up)

I love you
I warned you

Videos

Trivia

  • Kesha named an eyeshadow shade from her make-up line, Kesha Rose Beauty, after this song. The shade "Cannibal" is a bright red color.
  • In early 2020, the song started to go viral on the app, TikTok, with users doing a dance while lip syncing to the song.[2]
    • Kesha posted a video of herself doing the dance alongside TikTok star Charli D'Amelio on February 26, 2020.[3]

References

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