"I Took a Pill in Ibiza" as written by and Mike Posner....
I took a pill in Ibiza
To show Avicii I was cool
And when I finally got sober, felt ten years older
But fuck it, it was something to do
I'm living out in LA
I drive a sports car just to prove
I'm a real big baller 'cause I made a million dollars
And I spend it on girls and shoes

But you don't wanna be high like me
Never really knowing why like me
You don't ever wanna step off that roller coaster and be all alone
You don't wanna ride the bus like this
Never knowing who to trust like this
You don't wanna be stuck up on that stage singing
Stuck up on that stage singing
All I know are sad songs, sad songs
Darling, all I know are sad songs, sad songs

I'm just a singer who already blew his shot
I get along with old timers
'Cause my name's a reminder of a pop song people forgot
And I can't keep a girl, no
'Cause as soon as the sun comes up
I cut 'em all loose and work's my excuse
But the truth is I can't open up

Now you don't wanna be high like me
Never really knowing why like me
You don't ever wanna step off that roller coaster and be all alone
You don't wanna ride the bus like this
Never knowing who to trust like this
You don't wanna be stuck up on that stage singing
Stuck up on that stage singing
All I know are sad songs, sad songs
Darling, all I know are sad songs, sad songs

I took a plane to my home town
I brought my pride and my guitar
All my friends are all gone but there's manicured lawns
And the people still think I'm a star
I walked around downtown
I met some fans on Lafayette
They said tell us how to make it 'cause we're getting real impatient
So I looked 'em in the eye and said

You don't wanna be high like me
Never really knowing why like me
You don't ever wanna step off that roller coaster and be all alone
You don't wanna ride the bus like this
Never knowing who to trust like this
You don't wanna be stuck up on that stage singing
Stuck up on that stage singing
All I know are sad songs, sad songs
Darling, all that I know are sad songs, sad songs


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"I Took a Pill in Ibiza" as written by Mike Posner

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  • +5
    Song MeaningThe song tells a sad story, but to really understand the emotion of how Mike feels I strongly recommend listening to the orignal version of the song that is acoustic.

    So in the beginning Mike is telling us a story of how his downward spiral started that led him into his somewhat depressed feeling. He took a pill from someone at an Avicii concert to impress the people around him and show them he was "cool", because celebrities and musicians are supposed to party without consequences, right? Well when he comes down off his high, he feels terrible. But he just kind of passes it off as "oh well, that was stupid but it was a one time thing and I'll move on". But things lead to him doing more stereotypical rich celebrity things just to fit in with everyone and because that's what everyone thinks is cool about being rich and famous, doing and buying whatever you want.

    Mike starts to realize that he's kind of losing himself and that the fame is getting to his head. He feels stuck doing these things because maybe that's what people see him as now and he feels he has to keep it up to seem cool or impressive, but he's not really enjoying it after a while.

    In the second verse, Mike explains how his fame is fading because he was sort of a one-hit wonder and his song got old, so now no one really think about him now. He gets with a lot of girls, probably using his fame, but has to put on the mask of the celebrity version of Mike that everyone is used to. He's basically faking confidence and acting like someone he's not. He doesn't like what his life has become though and is afraid to get into a real relationship because he doesn't feel he can really be himself around someone because then he wouldn't be who they assumed he was (the celebrity persona).

    In the third verse he visits his hometown because he's sick of the LA lifestyle and needs to get away. He goes home to try to figure himself out, trying to remember his roots. Things have changed around his neighborhood and his friends are gone, another symbol of change that bums him out. The city has moved on without him and even though he should feel comfortable being back home again, he again feels alienated. Some people in his city are well aware of him though because he is famous now and from their city, so they feel pride. After meeting some of these people, it is obvious they really look up to him because he "made it". They assume being a celebrity is awesome. So Mike tries to explain to them that it's not as great as it seems because it changes how you behave and the people you hang out with.

    The chorus explains that becoming famous introduced him to a lot of activities he wouldn't normally do and with people who aren't true friends. After having a lot of money and fame, he's unhappy and alone. Everyone assumes being a pop star is all fun and games, but Mike is saying the party lifestyle isn't for him but he's stuck pretending that's who he is. He's depressed and all that comes to mind when he tries to write or sing music is sad songs because they match his mood.

    It's a really sad song and tells an interesting story that we don't hear much from the rich and famous. Although the popular remix is fun and catchy, it does the lyrics an injustice and Mike himself has said it's ironic that people have so much fun listening to the remix version.
    mrawesome03on June 06, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think he's shedding light on the reality of being famous. It's not all it's cracked up to be
    zb23on May 24, 2016   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningNo, not Avicii!

    Peer pressure is real. When someone says it, you might think of health class back in the awkward days, but it's so much more than that. The first verse is about a drug experience. The speaker took drugs because of the lifestyle he was looking up to LA. This can happen anywhere on any type of scale. You can't help that you're going to follow someone so when you do, follow someone who has the right values. These people taught the speaker that when you have a million dollars, the best thing to spend it on is prostitutes and footwear.

    The speaker then moves on to tell listeners to refrain from being high--like him. That's the catch because the speaker believes that is what will inevitably happen after the big rush. He never knew why in the depths of himself of why he did it. Once you get off the big rush, the speaker finds out that everyone he lived this lifestyle with didn't really care about who he was when it came down to it. He doesn't want to even be famous! That's how much this affected him. Who wouldn't want to be famous?

    Although a lot of singers "blow their shot," the singer has in particular gone too far. WhAT iS tHE pOp sONg?! Someone tell me. Any real relationship he has is impossible to keep because he was taught through the Hollywood lifestyle of casting people away, so when he actually has the opportunity to be vulnerable, he can't.

    The speaker went back to his roots. He didn't bring his artistry and talent but his fame label and his skill. Any real friends he used to have are gone (this is often the price of being famous because people can get jealous or not trust someone who may have changed). However, everything looks better than he remembered it because he romanticized it after Hollywood chewed him up and spit him out. The people there have also romanticized him because of the local history he had from "Cooler Than Me."

    The next line is possibly the best verse in the song because he encounters people who were once him and so many in this process. People want to know what it is like to be famous because they never see the other side. This is the other side's REAL experience.

    I'm sure there are good parts and bad parts of being famous. Which part is the majority is the determining factor. You can't let one person's experience make you want to be famous and another's not. You have to make those decisions for yourself. But you also need to know that there are certain guaranteed things that come with it, especially for musicians.

    The third verse is the best in the song and of course it was taken out. What else does that tell you about Hollywood?
    Italia8989on June 18, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThe remix version is way way way better. But anyways if someone wants to know more about the meaning of the song check out Todd's review on youtube.
    2015071on April 23, 2016   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationIt's about his collaborating with Avicci on the song "Stay With You", and his feelings of fame and being a musician.
    seeingon May 06, 2016   Link

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