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Dirty Heads – Vacation Lyrics 1 year ago
Swim Team speaks a lot to the life Dirty Heads are living, and Vacation is no different.

"If you don't like your life, then you should go and change it" -- this isn't crazy deep, but man if it is not true. I can absolutely appreciate what these guys are doing, and the fact they are aware of it is even better.

So many artists "make it" and then lose the depth with their songs. They become formulaic. Dirty Heads certainly has become more popular, and maybe not all are deep, vacation certainly isn't the deepest song ever, but they know what they've got, and this song feels like a celebration of that. In fact, they even wrote a song called Celebrate on the album.

If you can't listen to this and feel like you're on vacation, maybe you should try another vacation destination.

Juice WRLD – Life's a Mess Lyrics 1 year ago
Listening to the song for the first time, all I can think of is ‘how hard this guy has had it with love.’ Starting with falling head over heels, receiving unfulfilled promises, letting go, and finally learning to live and love once more. These are steps that many of us take for granted, and if not, we never get a happy ending, and thus, the statement ‘life is a mess.’

The song shows the many options at your disposal when searching for love or fulfilment. The center of the matter is never giving up, keeping on the move, never drowning in past mistakes or heartbreaks, but soaring with every step you take into the future. As the chorus shows, you will finally ‘Find it.’

The first time watching the video, I was amazed by all the mess in colors and the messy lines that do not amount to anything. In the end, I peer at the completed canvas, and the song ends with ‘don’t let me be here alone’ because I already found you. To me, it is undeniable that the song is about a woman, but at the same time, it can offer advice to many people finding it hard to co-exist with others in life. Finding something that will keep you busy and pour your passion to it is what might save you!

That’s just it. The song elicits many different scenarios in my head, and sticking to one is proving difficult. All in all, it is incomparable and quite poetic!

Jason Derulo – Savage Love Lyrics 1 year ago
“If I woke up without ya
I don't know what I would do
Thought I could be single forever 'til I met you
Usually don't be fallin', be fallin', fallin' first
You got a way of keeping me comin' back to back.”

And just like that, Jason Derulo does what great artists have done for centuries – he cuts through and goes straight to the core of what it means to be human. Art can touch us, and those moments are the most profound when we see ourselves reflected in the art we’re consuming. In ‘Savage Love,’ listeners see themselves reflected in the tranquil beats produced by Kiwi artist Jawsh 685 – their hopes, their dreams, their fears. As if Jason has a direct view of the collective id of our nation, and maybe even the entire world.

This is likely the chief reason why ‘Savage Love’ has become so popular with over 2.4 video posts made on the Chinese-owned datamining operation masquerading as a social networking app TikTok – that uncanny “I know exactly how you feel, Jason!” feeling everyone gets without question every time we hear him sing. The Jason Derulo-sanctioned TikTok dance is easy to learn and accessible to dancers of all abilities and body types, and for good reason. Like how we can see ourselves in his lyrics, we’re able to see others in these TikTok videos.

As we head even further into this age of uncertainty, art like ‘Savage Love’ can act as a temporary reprieve from the world. Whether your heartstrings are being pulled by Jason’s heavenly vocals or you’re grinding to Jawsh’s tranquil melodies, you’ll find in this song a way to leave our earthly troubles behind for a while, even if it’s only two minutes and fifty-one seconds. After all, is there anything more that can be asked of a musical artist?

Kanye West – Wash Us in the Blood Lyrics 1 year ago
On the last day of June 2020, Kanye West teams up with Travis Scott to release “Wash Us in the Blood.” The song title is a reference to “Washed in the Blood” as mentioned in the bible which means accepting the free gift of salvation. Salvation seems to be a strong point of the song as cleansing and being washed in the blood, or saved, is mentioned numerous times in the song. The song’s base message talks about how nobody can save any of us besides being “washing in the blood,” no matter what people do.

In the bridge of the song, both Kanye and Scott talk about the Holy Spirit, and ask the Spirit to come down to help those in need. Just a couple of lines over, Scott raps about how execution is still happening to the majority of the United States even though the bible mentions “Thou shall not kill, I shall not spill.” This is a crazy connection recently due to the protests that broke out over the death of George Floyd and this song being referenced and made months before the protests broke out. This connection, to a lot of people, is bizarre due to the activities and the protests that have happened since and how they can be connected to a song “made” in the past. Overall, just like Black Parade by Beyoncé, this song contains important and efficient messages about current events and will become a historic song.

Beyoncé – Black Parade Lyrics 1 year ago
As a woman of color, I have always admired Beyoncé's ability to empower women and the POC community through her music, while also addressing serious political issues. I applaud her call to release the surprise track "BLACK PARADE" on Juneteenth, especially since we're seeing an increasing divide over the BLM movement. And the song, true to Queen B's form, pulls absolutely no punches—the song begins with her southern heritage as a Texan where "her roots aren't watered down" and continues back to her African ancestry with beautiful African imagery like baobab tree, the motherland, dashiki print, and golden Ankh charms.

The chorus is amazing because she gives us such vivid picture of her on the throne, leading a parade of her Beyhives in a nonviolent, but determined, protest. She crowns herself as leader and maternal figure, spreading her wings in protection and solidarity, while also encouraging us that we have the power to fight back with the words "bees is known to bite". I love her shout out to MLK, Malcolm X, Tina Turner, Curtis Mayfield, and Tamika Mallory. Her battle cry of "black love" is such a brave statement in a time when many celebrities are keeping silent. The song is an amazingly empathetic way for her to support the black community, both in her powerful message and the proceeds that will go to black-owned small businesses.

My favorite thing about "BLACK PARADE", besides the beautiful African and emotional protest visuals, and all Queen B and honey and hive references, is the sheer pride and love behind her words. She's telling us that she refuses to let the hate drag her down, to stand up for civil rights, and she encourages us to follow her lead. "Speak the glory, feel the love" gives me the literal shivers. In an Instagram post, Beyoncé tells us: " I hope we continue to share joy and celebrate each other, even in the midst of struggle. Please continue to remember our beauty, strength, and power. “BLACK PARADE” celebrates you, your voice, and your joy and will benefit Black-owned small businesses." Her words have been major themes in her music since the beginning. It's been amazing to watch her take an open stance against all this hate in our country and standing up for black voices and businesses. I just know that history will remember our Queen as one of the most powerful and motivating black female activists of our time.

Lady GaGa – Sour Candy Lyrics 1 year ago
The moment that Sour Candy came out to music-streaming services, fans all over the world went wild and crazy, seeing the famed singer Lady Gaga and the talented, South Korean girl group BLACKPINK come together for the first time, and after listening to the song, I completely understand why. The entire song is a comparison between personality and something sharp tasting- sour candy, in this case.

In the first verse, Jisoo of BLACKPINK speaks about the luxury of having sour candy. She says, “You're the one who packed me with the word expensive” which relates to the topic of how sourness is sometimes hard to find and costs more than something common like normal-tasting candy, for example. Jennie, during the chorus, says, “I'm sour candy. So sweet, then I get a little angry…” which simply talks about how something sour goes from sweet to sharp-tasting in a matter of seconds. Sour candy is sometimes a craving to people. Candy that is sour has acidity that reacts violently with the taste buds in your tongue, giving you a stingy sensation, but it is a sensation that some lust for; why would anyone want something that hurts you?

As a lover for sourness, I am always going to keep coming back to sour candy. If it hurts me more, if it is more sour than usual, in other words, I will love it even more and keep wanting to come back to it which is what the song talks about. The line, “I'm hard on the outside, but if you give me time, then I could make time for your love,” sung by Lady Gaga in the refrain, alone talks about how she’s impenetrable at first, but over time, she starts to love you, just like how sour candy is often hard at first but will slowly become sour first then sweet and soft later on.

The song overall catches my attention because of its beat, lyrics, and flow. The theme is easy to follow throughout the song; there are not any tangents or any lines that refrain away from the comparison of personality to sour candy. It’s a hit or miss with some people: you either love sour candy and will always keep coming back for more, even if the candy hurts you, or you could hate it and never return back to it, but sour candy won’t change for you just because your preference is normal-tasting candy. You’ll have to accept the fact that it’s sour, or you’ll have to try something else which is an invisible comparison that can also be made from the song to a personality- you might not like that someone is tough and hard to talk to, but it’s something you can’t change about them and will have to be patient with in order to receive a sweet reward!

Billie Eilish – No Time To Die Lyrics 1 year ago
Everyone’s favorite 18-year-old pop star just released the theme song to the new James Bond film entitled “No Time to Die”. The song is a haunting gem that contains lyrics that seem to mourn the loss of a powerful relationship that was ultimately never meant to be and the process of moving on from that broken bond. Billie Eilish is now the youngest entertainer to perform the theme song to the legendary movie franchise.

The song begins with the line, “I should have known I’d leave alone” in order to paint the picture of a person reflecting on a broken relationship with the retrospective knowledge that she had fallen for a lie. The song goes on to express this theme of missing warning signs and expressing regret over the time lost. Then the chorus begins and she wonders if everyone else knew before she knew that she was simply going through the motions with this person. This is the general description of a person processing a breakup and beginning to question everything about the failed union.

As the song progresses, there is a shift in both tone and lyrical content. The second verse begins with a more confident Billie singing, “I let it burn/You’re no longer my concern”. This marks the point after a break up where she has come to terms with the end despite the fact that she is aware of the lack of trust between her and the other person. The music of the song also become a bit more progressive, further signaling a shift in perspective. The song is heavy with emotional content and truly shows the vocal control this young singer has. It is also important to highlight the fact that “No Time to Die” was written by Billie along with her producer brother, Finneas.

Halsey – You Should Be Sad Lyrics 2 years ago
Prior to the debut of her third album Manic, Halsey released “You should be sad,” a country-inspired single which was accompanied by a seductive music video. However, behind the glitz and glamour lies a powerful message about the healing process following a break-up.

It is suspected that “You should be sad” is the follow-up to Halsey’s hit single “Without Me,” as both songs are directed at ex-boyfriend and rapper G-Eazy. Whereas “Without Me” portrayed the initial anger and rage following the break-up, “You should be sad” represents a state of clarity and remorse as shown in Verse 1: “Got no anger, got no malice / Just a little bit of regret (Regret).” The lyrics imply that Halsey is ready to move on, regardless of the frustrating relationship that she endured.

Another quality shown in this song is honesty. Instead of sugar-coating the relationship, Halsey is straightforward and blunt, which is demonstrated in the Pre-Chorus: “No, you’re not half the man you think that you are / And you can’t fill the hole inside of you with money, drugs, and cars / I’m so glad I never ever had a baby with you / ‘Cause you can’t love nothing unless there’s in it for you.” This series of blows about her ex’s character reveals that Halsey is not scared of speaking her mind and doing so loudly. But amongst the insults, there are hints of gratefulness that the relationship is in the past. The lines “I’m so glad I never ever had a baby with you,” and “I’m just glad I made it out without breaking down” portray Halsey’s gratitude.

Lastly, Halsey reiterates that she did everything she could for her ex, and she isn’t the one to blame. She explains in the Chorus and Verse 2 that “I tried to help you, it just made you mad,” and “I really meant well from the start / Take a broken man right in my hands / And then put back all his parts.” Not do these lines show Halsey’s compassion for the ones she loves, but it serves as an important reminder that you are not responsible to “fix” a broken person.

“You should be sad” is a testament to the power of moving on after a break-up. By holding nothing back and taking a stand, Halsey sends the clear message that she isn’t one to be taken advantage of.

Pearl Jam – Dance of the Clairvoyants Lyrics 2 years ago
“Dance of the Clairvoyants” hit me harder than I was ready for or expecting. A clairvoyant, meaning someone who can see the future, in this sense is clearly regarding someone who thinks​ they can know the future. I myself feel extremely guilty of trying to be a “clairvoyant,” always predicting my next move and feeling uncomfortable in the stillness of the present.

There are multiple lyrics that stuck out to me in this song, the first being “so save your predictions and burn your assumptions.” The band is reminding us all that we’re all living on the same clock, and we can’t know the future of what any day could bring us; it all could change within an instant.

There’s ​a lot​ to unpack in these lyrics; Pearl Jam writes verse after verse to drill and remind its listeners that living anywhere outside of the present is simply keeping us stuck in a perpetual moment in time, always wishing for something that we aren’t currently experiencing (“When the past is the present and the future's no more. When every tomorrow is the same as before.”

I’ll end with this: this song made me think a lot about my own interpretation of life. It’s easy for us, with all the outside influence we experience daily, to constantly wish for tomorrow or the next day, just hoping and waiting things ​then​ will be enough. The verse “not one man can become greater than the sun” expressed this emotion fully. I interpreted it as “clairvoyants” (regular people, like me or you) are living in an imaginary utopia of feeling like they have any control whatsoever. The only thing that guarantees a new day is to see the sun rise again.

Halsey – Alanis’ Interlude Lyrics 2 years ago
Art imitates life. It seeks to make sense of the world while challenging new and old conventions. In a post “Me Too” society, young women like Halsey work at defining this moment in their art. Halsey has masterfully challenged gender roles and an outdated patriarchal view of relationships in her new song, Alanis' Interlude. Halsey is shifting the focus of the differences between men and women, promoting the idea that we are indeed one.

Noticeably the track begins with an autotuned call to not chain your innocence.T-Pain? Is that you? This sentiment reminds the listener to follow one's true nature and not conform to societal pressure. The first verse examines what's required of a man and women physically. Does the man wear the suit? Is it ok for a woman to bite her nails? Halsey's response is simple, “who believes in needs like these”. In the second verse Halsey creates the image of a school girl eating in the bathroom out of shame. This adds another level of complexity to her social statement by putting body shaming in her crosshairs.

The song shifts between a chorus and a post chorus, highlighting two main points. The chorus works as commentary on the men who must change in the face of this social revolution. Halsey sings as if she is the desperate man, pleading for sex and promising change. The post chorus omits the need for labels, stating that men and women are equals. Further claiming the unity between the two as just love.

Halsey’s artistic expression in the post me too world will inform a new generation of boys, girls and every other gender identification out there. With heavy emboldening drums, the track feels reminiscent of the energetic and determined flow embodied in the movement.

Eminem – Darkness Lyrics 2 years ago
The first time I heard “Darkness” by Eminem, I had a lot of conflicting emotions. I was angry. I was devastated. I felt sick to my stomach. As the song went on, I started to realize what (and who) it was about. What at first seemed to be a rap about being a disillusioned celebrity soon revealed itself to be a glimpse into the mind of a severely disturbed individual. “Darkness” attempts to recreate the mental state of the Las Vegas shooter, taking the listener through his thoughts as he prepared to kill dozens of people in the 2017 mass shooting. It’s haunting and painful in a way that cannot be shaken off. Eminem sings the refrain “I don’t wanna be alone in the darkness” throughout the song, perhaps drawing a connection both to how he feels and how the shooter might have felt that day.

There are several phrases in “Darkness” that have double meanings, such as “round after round, I’m getting loaded. That’s a lot of shots, huh?” Eminem fans could take this as a reference to shots of alcohol, referring to the days before he decided to commit to sobriety in 2008. A secondary meaning can be applied to the shooter, loading up his gun and firing off multiple shots. The entire song has parallels that can be true both for people in the spotlight and people struggling in the darkness. We all feel alone sometimes. We all have thoughts like that, feelings of isolation and sadness. The song points out a deeply troubling and important truth about mental health in our society; sometimes people feel that way and we can’t see it. Sometimes people have “no signs of mental illness” but they’re struggling to escape the darkness in their own mind. Eminem very effectively communicates this thought in “Darkness,” in a way that sticks with you and reflects some of our culture’s most troubling issues.

The outro of the song is perhaps the most chilling part of the entire track. Listeners hear audio from news coverage of not only the Las Vegas shooting, but several other deadly mass-shootings that have occurred over the past few years in the United States. I believe that Eminem wrote this song to bring these horrific events to the forefront of our minds for a reason. He wanted us to see that there are people struggling to express their inner pain, and those people are all around us. He wanted to send a message to those in power that something must be changed. He wanted to ignite something in everyone who listens, something that urges us to make change. I can’t speak for everyone, but for me, “Darkness” did just that.

Justin Bieber – Yummy Lyrics 2 years ago
What I love about this song is that it’s an upbeat smooth song that talks about how happy he is with his wife: “I am elated that you are my lady”. This new side to Bieber shows a more mature and happier person who is ready for this new chapter. He seems excited to share his luxurious adventures with his better half, including what seems to be a desire to split everything fifty-fifty.

It’s a feel-good happy song about devotion. It’s one of those songs that makes me want to get up and dance with the man of my dreams. We can speculate all we want about what the song means or why he wrote certain words but ultimately, it’s a song that is meant to be fun. Its smooth beat gives us a gimps into what he has planned for this next album. Could it be more R&Bieber? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

Lady GaGa – Shallow Lyrics 3 years ago
It’s a real passionate tune that starts off sounding like a simple love song, but blows up out of nowhere. The combination of harmonies with Bradley Cooper is outstanding as well as crucial. At the same time, it feels like they’re paired together just so Gaga can steal the stage with her astounding voice. When she lets loose towards the middle of the song, it feels like she’s moving mountains. “Shallow” sucks you into a whirlwind of emotions, making the hairs on the back of your neck stand straight up.

On a personal level, I’ve gone through some things that seem to connect with the lyrics pretty well. Everyone can relate to a love song, but going from shallow to deep is something special. Even though the song is written for a movie, the emotion conveyed is strong enough to impress anyone. By the time the song’s over, you sit there not knowing what hit you. There’s no doubt that “Shallow” comes from a high level of songwriting that few artists are able to achieve.

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