From Maroon 5's “Girls Like You”:

Roll that Backwood, babe, and play me close.

Slang websites show the phrase means “trick” or “deceive” but I'm not sure this is what the singer means.

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Of course, trying to interpret contemporary pop song lyrics must involve a certain amount of guesswork, but the line could mean "make a joint from a cigar and then watch me closely". A 'Backwood' is a US brand of cigar, popular among smokers of marijuana in that language zone for use as the basis for rolling a 'blunt' (a hollowed-out cigar filled with marijuana). Some slang websites offer another meaning of 'play me close', that is, "watch me attentively".

Playing me close


I was at first doubtful about how "Play Me Close" was interpreted but other lyrics like:

Maybe it's 6:45
Maybe I'm barely alive
Maybe you've taken my shit for the last time, yeah
Maybe I know that I'm drunk
Maybe I know you're the one
Maybe you thinking it's better if you drive

They tell me Michael Harvey's interpretation of "Play me Close" is spot on as the explanation of Roll that Backwood, babe

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