I don’t know about you, but when you’re a bit older certain songs may shock their meaning. Has that ever happened to you? The other night I wanted to listen Careless Whispers (by the way, for years I thought it was called: I Never Want to Dance Again). Now that I’m older, but not necessarily wiser – I’m sharing my thoughts and impressions on hit songs.
Love Me Harder by Ariana Grande and The Weekend
Don’t get me wrong here, but I love this song. It’s a great duet, yet once paying close attention to the lyrics…it’s kind of a graphic song. Mainly The Weekend’s verse gives the biggest answer what this song is about. She’s asking for a rougher nooky from her partner. I believe Buzzfeed pointed this out first.
Careless Whispers by Wham!
For those that were either a teenager or adults during this period – it was impossible to escape the saxophone intro of this song. Without an argument, George Michael delivers a song that is soothing, melancholic and iconic; however, many reminicent this song with a romantism or even with sensually. Nonetheless, Careless Whispers is basically about a major screw up. If you haven’t seen the video clip, I recommend it. It’s like a mini movie which you don’t see that too often nowadays. Some of the comments on YouTube are golden! Primarily the user that shared their thoughts on the saxophone introduction, ‘And that’s how the saxophone reputation was born.’ Poignant and hilarious because both the 80s and the 90s, when there’s a romantic scenario in a film or series…the saxophone starts to play. And yes, we all can guess what happened next.
Here With Me by Dido
This song by Dido is beautiful and I feel this song is fresh even though it’s almost 14 or 15 years old. Here With Me became known for its appearance in the film, Love Actually. Dido’s song emergers after Juliet (Keira Knightly) discovers that Mark (Andrew Lincoln) did not dislike her, but he was in love with her. In reality the song could not relate to the characters because the ballad is about abandonment. Mark and Juliet never dated and weren’t friends. A song that suits these characters would be White Flag.
Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men
One day, I was still in college and listening to this song. So, I decided to ease my mind and I always had this habit of analyzing the lyric of a song. And if this song became a film, the storyline would follow the love between a dead person haunting their former residence. The ghost has a strong communication with his/her former partner or spouse. Quite melancholic if you think about it.
Everywhere by Michelle Branch
The debutant at the time penned a song that was on repeat in 2001. Everywhere surfaced in various films, promotions and commercials. Majority were either romantic or about a cute crush like in the series, Lizzie McGuire. However, Michelle talks about one sided love to the point that is obsessive. Because the final sentence of Everywhere says, You’re in everyone I see/ so tell me/ Do you see me? Obviously, like most crushes function is that hope becomes romantic. Overall, she doesn’t know if that person likes her too.
Don’t Dream It’s Over covered by Sixpence None The Richer (Orignally by Crowded House)
Sixpence made the best cover of this song in my opinion. Leigh Nash brings delicacy through her vocals with her version of the late 80s hit. Still, this song is as depressive as its title. Back in 2012, Crowded House revealed in Rolling Stone that it is the feeling of loss and insecurity.
Chained to the Rhythm by Katy Perry
This new single by Perry is more than what meets the eye. The narrative mixed with its video clip combines elements of the film Pleasantville and the perception of the current society. Often social media portrays one side of the story and those that lives in a bubble will not understand real world problems. Reference to the surbian bliss of the Levittown town ideals and the selfie era parallels those that their biggest concern is if their Instagram post got likes.
Hands to Myself by Selena Gomez
This song is breathy, it’s catchy and literal. Hands to Myself is her sexual desire towards her crush. It’s an obsessive one because she says, The Doctor says you’re no good. She also compares her crush to the flavor of a cocktail drink which can be addictive. Definitely this song is not coy at all.
Ayer by Luis Miguel
This song was a hit in the early 1990s. The Mexican crooner known for his ballads, Ayer is dramatic ,but also it reveals a huge frustration. Ayer (Yesterday) describes the intense session of lovemaking he had with a woman to wake up and realize it was all a dream. Conclusion, his imagination was too real for this dude.
When Will I See You Again by The Three Degrees
This song is moody and their voices combined makes this song melodic. Yet, the core of When Will I See You Again is uncertainty. The protagonist of the ballad got involved with her friend romantically what appears after one night. The aftermath has zero closure because she’s not sure if they’re in love or their friendship is officially over. And as a last observation, her friend left her in the shadows without the answer of their relationship status.
That’s all I have for now. If there any songs out there which I’m sure there is that I missed. Comment below.
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