WATCH: Halsey Shares Powerful 'Nightmare'

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Halsey has debuted a song that she says is for the “young women sweating mascara tears” at her concerts.

“Nightmare” is a dark, expletive-laden anthem in which the pop star sings: “No, I won’t smile / but I’ll show you my teeth … I’ve been polite but won’t be caught dead / letting a man tell me what I should do in my bed.”

On Twitter, Halsey explained: “Imagine getting onstage every night and seeing young women sweating mascara tears, lightning in their eyes, throwing elbows and raising fists, screaming till the veins in their necks raise under warm skin, and not being inspired by it.

“this song is about you, for you.”

The single dropped with a powerful video, directed by Hannah Lux Davis. Check it out below (Warning: Contains language that some may find offensive):