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Guessing the Full Breakup Story From Robin Thicke’s Paula Tracklisting

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Really, Robin Thicke? This is how you’re gonna get your soon-to-be-ex-wife Paula Patton back? The seemingly very revealing tracklisting for Paula is out (alongside its particularly mournful cover art) and at first glance, it seems like you can garner a lot of what may have happened between the couple with a simple read-through. Our thoughts:

 1. “You’re My Fantasy”
We get it. She’s your one and only … sexually. This is perhaps to negate all the sex talk in “Blurred Lines”? The rumors about Thicke’s supposed cheating? Don’t worry, Paula, you’re still his fantasy.

2. “Get Her Back”
Here’s your thesis statement.

3. “Still Madly Crazy”
“Still Crazy After All These Years,” much? Paula, Robin is still into you. Madly! Crazy, actually. He’s borderline.

4. “Lock the Door”
Maybe a reference to securing the location before some serious lovemaking, or maybe a not-so-subtle nod to what Thicke maybe should have done before he acted unfaithfully. Did someone walk in on him? Should Paula be “locking the door” to outside influences? (For example: gossip rags.)

5. “Whatever I Want”
Is this why Robin was unfaithful? Because he suddenly had the power (fame, man!) to do whatever he wanted? Power does corrupt.

6. “Living in New York City”
Living in New York City can be very tempting. And Robin is Canadian. Maybe it was the ways of the Big Apple that had him sinning? Important to note that in 2010 Robin reportedly spent “several weeks” in New York City recording and living in a rented Soho apartment. Is this when it all went wrong?

7. “Love Can Grow Back”
Can it? Is this declarative? Or suggestive.

8. “Black Tar Cloud”
Hold up, what? Here’s the wrench thrown into the story: Is there a drug problem Robin is admitting to — contributing to Robin and Paula’s breakup?

9. “Too Little Too Late”
Uh, yeah, if it’s heroin we’re talking about here, it might be too late. (Or is this a JoJo cover? It’s probably not a JoJo cover.)

10. “Tippy Toes”
A reference to their son, Julian?

11. “Something Bad”
You know what you did, Robin …

12. “The Opposite of Me”
… And you clearly want us to think it’s out of character.

13. “Time of Your Life”
But if you let him back into your life, you’ll be … happy.  (Side note: Is this a Dirty Dancing cover?)

14. “Forever Love”
And they lived happily ever after. The end.

Reading Too Deep Into Robin Thicke’s Paula Songs