I came across this song a few weeks ago on Pandora and have had it on repeat ever since.
At first listen, I thought it was a love song. With lyrics like “Don’t you know people write songs about girls like you,” I assumed it was written by someone in love with a girl who didn’t quite understand her own appeal, but upon closer listen, the song seems to be more of a warning than a lovesick declaration of youthful, unrequited wanting.
I was initially disappointed (I’m a sucker for a sappy love song) but soon came to realize that this was a song from anyone who has ever cared about someone who is slightly off course and is, in its own way, still a love song.
It can be difficult to watch someone you care for make bad choices– or witness the way insecurities manifest as vanity or laziness that keeps them from living up to their potential –and I think this song is almost like a letter to that person (An eye-opening love letter with a catchy, hard-not-to-dance-to-beat.)
Listening to this song, it’s probably easy to think of people you know in that situation, but if you’re anything like me, the lyrics may also shine a light on your own self-destructive tendencies.
“What would you do if you lost your beauty? How would you deal with the light?
How would you feel if nobody chased you?”
“How would you deal with the empty decisions eating away at the days?”
“How would you cope if the world decided to make you suffer for all that you were?”
I truly believe that everyone — even the most self disciplined, successful person in the world — has a part of them that tries to rebel against themselves. It stems from deep insecurities that cause us to get in our own way, but I’m learning that recognizing that this resistence is a fruitless cycle and using that awareness to stop the self-induldgent buffoonery is what gets us off of the wrong path, and guides us to the path of our highest potential.
Now when I hear this song, I’m reminded to check in with myself and actively work towards becoming someone who can hear the words “girls like you” and know it’s something I can proud of.