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"How Long" is a song recorded and produced by American singer Charlie Puth. He also co-wrote the track with Jacob Kasher and DJ Frank E. The song was released on October 5, 2017, by Atlantic Records as the second single from Puth's upcoming second studio album, Voicenotes (2018). Commercially, it has reached the top 10 in Israel, Malaysia, the Philippines, Scotland, and the United Kingdom as well as the top twenty in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovakia, Spain, and Switzerland.

Background

Charlie teased the song in September 2017 on social media. He tweeted two photos in a row, which were captioned "how" and "long" respectively. In October 2017, he posted photos and video clips of him in the studio with the captions, "has", "this", "been" and "going". On October 4, 2017, he posted a video of the voice note recording behind the song with the caption "on", eventually spelling out "how long has this been going on" altogether, stating the song's hook.

Lyrics

Alright

Ooh, yeah

I'll admit, I was wrong, what else can I say, girl? Can't you play my head and not my heart? I was drunk, I was gone, that don't make it right, but I promise there were no feelings involved, mmh She said, "Boy, tell me honestly Was it real or just for show?", yeah

She said, "Save your apologies Baby, I just gotta know" How long has this been goin' on? You been creepin' 'round on me While you callin' me "baby"

How long has this been goin' on? You been actin' so shady (shady) I've been feelin' it lately, baby

Ooo-oh (yeah) Ooo-oh (encore) Oooh-ooh-oh

I'll admit (I'll admit), it's my fault (my fault), but you gotta believe me When I say it only happened once, mmh I tried (I tried), and I tried (I tried), but you'll never see that You're the only I wanna love, oh, yeah

She said "Boy, tell me honestly" (honestly) "Was it real or just for show?", yeah (real or just for show?) She said, "Save your apologies" (apologies, yeah) "Baby, I just gotta know"

How long has this been goin' on? You been creepin' 'round on me (on me) While you callin' me "baby" (baby) How long has this been goin' on? You been actin' so shady (shady) I've been feelin' it lately (lately), baby

Ooo-oh (yeah) Ooo-oh (encore) Oooh-ooh-oh How long has it been goin' on, baby? Ooo-oh (yeah) Ooo-oh, you gotta go tell me now Oooh-ooh-oh

She said, "Boy, tell me honestly Was it real or just for show?", yeah She said, "Save your apologies Baby, I just gotta know" How long has this been goin' on? (on, on)

You been creepin' 'round on me (on me) While you callin' me "baby" (baby) How long has this been goin' on? You been actin' so shady (shady) I've been feelin' it lately (lately), baby

How long has this been goin' on? You've been creepin' 'round on me How long has it been goin' on, baby? Oh How long has this been goin' on? You've been actin' so shady (shady)

I've been feelin' it lately, baby