Watch the video for ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’

Lil Nas X has dropped his highly-anticipated new single, ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’, today (March 26), after having teased its release since mid-2020.

With snippets of ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ being teased as early as July last year, the song had been featured in a Super Bowl ad for Logitech back in February. Earlier this month the rapper had revealed the song’s release date on his Twitter alongside the cover art.

The single arrives alongside a music video directed by Tanu Muino and Lil Nas X himself. In it, we see Lil Nas’ own interpretation of a Garden of Eden, flamboyant and fantastical, futuristic and colorful, Lil Nas’ character traversing seductively between the delights of heaven and hell.

The video’s description, it explains that the song was mixed “with an immersive 360RA experience in mind”, recommending the use of headphones for the full effect.

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Photo: Getty Images

Lyrics "Montero (Call Me By Your Name) - Lil Nas X

I caught it bad just today

You hit me with a call to your place

Ain't been out in a while anyway

Was hopin' I could catch you throwin' smiles in my face

Romantic talkin'? You don't even have to try

You're cute enough to fuck with me tonight

Lookin' at the table, all I see is weed and white

Baby, you livin' the life, but nigga, you ain't livin' right

[Pre-Chorus]

Cocaine and drinkin' with your friends

You live in the dark, boy, I cannot pretend

I'm not phased, only here to sin

If Eve ain't in your garden, you know that you can

[Chorus]

Call me when you want, call me when you need

Call me in the morning, I'll be on the way

Call me when you want, call me when you need

Call me out by your name, I'll be on the way like

[Post-Chorus]

Mmm, mmm, mmm

Mmm, mmm, mmm

[Verse 2]

Ayy, ayy

I wanna sell what you're buyin'

I wanna feel on your ass in Hawaii

I want that jet lag from fuckin' and flyin'

Shoot a child in your mouth while I'm ridin'

Oh, oh, oh, why me?

A sign of the times every time that I speak

A dime and a nine, it was mine every week

What a time, an incline, God was shinin' on me

Now I can't leave

And now I'm actin' hella elite

Never want the niggas that's in my league

I wanna fuck the ones I envy, I envy

[Pre-Chorus]

Cocaine and drinkin' with your friends

You live in the dark, boy, I cannot pretend

I'm not phased, only here to sin

If Eve ain't in your garden, you know that you can

[Chorus]

Call me when you want, call me when you need

Call me in the morning, I'll be on the way

Call me when you want, call me when you need

Call me out by your name, I'll be on the way like

[Post-Chorus]

Oh, call me by your name (Mmm, mmm, mmm)

Tell me you love me in private

Call me by your name (Mmm, mmm, mmm)

I do not care if you lyin'

Photo: Vulture
Photo: Vulture


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Lil Nas X renames the Garden of Eden in MONTERO

Lil Nas X's big hit, "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)," is loaded with meaning. For starters, his birth name is Montero Lamar Hill, something he explained during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in January 2021. "It's slightly embarrassing, but I'm not embarrassed," the singer said. "My mom wanted the car, the [Mitsubishi] Montero, and she never got one." He added, "So yeah, I'm named after a car."

It's significant that Lil Nas X used his birth name, which seems to be a soft spot for him, in a song that emphasizes names. The lyrics read: "Call me by your name, I do not care if you lyin'," per Genius. Both the lyrics and music video have major links to the biblical story of the Garden of Eden, aptly renamed Montero. There's a snake of temptation that Lil Nas X's character seems unable to resist. The lyrics echo both the Garden of Eden and temptation: "I'm not phased, only here to sin/ If Eve ain't in your garden, you know that you can."

In a 2019 interview with Gayle King, the singer said that as a teenager, he prayed that being gay "would go away," per CBS. Well, his reclaiming of the Garden of Eden, where traditionally all living things were named, and calling it Montero, shows an embrace of who he is to the very core. One fan tweeted that MONTERO "is the most gorgeously subversive and proudly queer music video I think I've ever seen." Bravo.

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