Song – We Are Young

I honestly have no idea how long this song has been out, but it has managed to get stuck in my head. I love the tune, and especially the chorus. It’s so nice to hear music on the pop stations that actually have music going on beneath the singing instead of just some kind of beat.

The only thing about this song is that I don’t understand it. Maybe I’m just dense. Perhaps I’m so used to my country songs where, for the most part, you can understand what’s going on in the song and it makes sense. I looked up the lyrics to “We Are Young” and I still don’t understand what’s going on. You see, when I listen to a song I imagine what’s going on in it, in my head. It plays like a miniature music video. I’m unable to do that with this song. Maybe you can help me to understand it?

The first part starts out like this:

Give me a second,
I need to get my story straight
My friend’s are in the bathroom getting higher than the
empire state
My lover she’s waiting for me just across the bar
My seat’s been taken by some sunglasses asking about a
scar, and
I know I gave it to you months ago
I know you’re trying to forget
But between the drinks and subtle things
Though holes in my apologies
I’m trying hard to take it back
So if by the time the bar closes
And you feel like falling down
I’ll carry you home
Tonight

In my head I see this guy standing at one end of the bar talking to… an ex-girlfriend? And why does he have to get his story straight? Is he getting it straight to tell the ex or to tell the lover who is sitting across the bar? And who is the guy in sunglasses sitting next to? The lover or the ex? Plus, it sounds like he’s badgering his ex-girlfriend. He says, “I know you’re trying to forget..” If she’s trying to forget then just leave her alone! Also, if you messed up and she’s the one who has the scar that you gave to her, then I don’t think that you telling her that you’ll take her home tonight is a good thing. Or am I misunderstanding something? Perhaps it’s the fact that he’s not using the English language properly because I’m assuming that when he says that his friends are getting higher than the empire state, that he’s referring to the building and not New York itself. Technically New York is The Empire State. You can get a lot higher than NY because it borders Canada, not to mention the New England states.

The chorus is just a bunch of him trying to sweet talk her about how young they are and they can set the world on fire, etc.

The next verse goes like this:

Now I know that I’m not
All that you got
I guess that I
Just thought maybe we could find a ways to fall apart
But our friends qre back
So let’s raise a toast
Cause I found someone to carry me home

Umm…. did she agree to go home with him? Is that why he’s raising a toast? And what about the other girl sitting across the bar? The only thing that I can figure is that he’s so trashed already that he doesn’t understand what he’s saying and that’s why it’s not making any sense to me. “Now I know that I’m not all that you got. I guess that I just thought maybe we could find a ways to fall apart.” Is he saying that he knows his ex-girlfriend has other options other than him, but he was hoping that she would give in and give him another chance for at least one night? And did she fall for it? Is her name Rhianna???

Like I said, I love the tune and how it all flows. It’s a fun song to sing along with. I just don’t understand what it’s telling me. lol Yes, you are allowed to tell me that I’m putting way too much thought into this. 🙂

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