Sabrina Carpenter Says She Appreciates a 'Punchline' in Her Lyrics — Which Is Why She Went with 'Me Espresso'

"Espresso" peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 since its release on April 12

Sabrina Carpenter has jokes!

During the latest episode of Hot Ones on Thursday, July 11, Carpenter was asked about her strategy behind writing catchy lyrics like those in her hit song "Espresso."

"I do like to pay attention to... if people can understand lyrics," Carpenter, 25, told host Sean Evans.

“So much of what I like is the punchline,” she added. “If people don’t know the punchline, it’s like, waste. That’s how I feel about 'me espresso.' I’ve heard a lot of people that were like, ‘She should’ve said, "That’s that blonde espresso, duh."'"

<p>Nina Westervelt/Billboard via Getty</p> Sabrina Carpenter performs in New York City on June 8, 2024

Nina Westervelt/Billboard via Getty

Sabrina Carpenter performs in New York City on June 8, 2024

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The "Please, Please, Please" singer concluded, "And I’m like, ‘Well, yes. That is another song as well that deserves its spot in the world, but this one for me … ‘me espresso’ just felt like the right thing to say, and it rhymes with the line before it."

Elsewhere in the interview, Carpenter opened up about learning to trusting her gut through her song "Nonsense" — which she performs live with an improvised outro — and how it almost didn't make it on her emails I can't send tracklist.

"The lesson I learned with 'Nonsense' was, this song was so kindred with my personality and I started to get in my head on what fits a record vs. what fits Sabrina, or myself as an artist and that taught me so many lessons moving forward," she explained. "In the next record it's whatever feels the most honest and connects with me the most, I feel like will connect with other people."

<p>Victor Boyko/Getty</p> Sabrina Carpenter in Paris on June 18, 2024

Victor Boyko/Getty

Sabrina Carpenter in Paris on June 18, 2024

Carpenter released "Espresso" on April 12 and performed the song live for the first time during her set at Coachella music festival.

Since its release, the song has spent 12 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and peaked at No. 3.

In an interview with Rolling Stone in June, Carpenter opened up about the song's viral success.

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“My mom has been like, ‘Do you feel crazy right now?’” Carpenter said of the track. “I just love that people get my sense of humor."

On May 18, the singer-songwriter made her musical guest debut on Saturday Night Live and performed the hit track during her first performance. She also performed "Nonsense" and "Feather."

Now, Carpenter is gearing up to release her forthcoming studio album Short n’ Sweet, out Friday, Aug. 23.

“MY NEW ALBUM IS COMING OUT AUGUST 23rd!!!!💋,” Carpenter wrote on social media in her announcement. “This project is quite special to me and I hope it’ll be something special to you too.” 

One month later, Carpenter will kick off her Short 'n' Sweet headlining tour across North America.

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