Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber's vocal contribution to Jack Ü’s hit song, “Where Are Ü Now,” has been tragically misinterpreted. This song has been popularly portrayed as being about missing a significant other either after a breakup or a fight. But just like drinking orange juice after brushing your teeth, this lyrical explanation is a mistake.
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After brief consideration, any person has the potential to realize that this song is clearly the pop star’s lamentation over how one day he will become a father who will watch his ungrateful child grow up and leave him. Before you close this article for seeming somewhat like a late April Fools' leg-pulling, let me offer you some coupons of astute observation.
First, the most repeated lines of the song, featured approximately 30 times, say “Where are you now that I need you… I need you the most.” Contrary to popular belief, these lines are not about the intense sadness of missing a significant other and questioning your ability to go on with your life without them.
It’s actually about the first few years of being an “empty nester” in which a parent notices their child’s absence and feels the need to have them home again so that their child can return to their duties of lawn mowing and doing the other household chores that have been falling apart without them.
Like many of the lines of this song, the next one that gives clarity to the song's meaning is a flashback into how things once were before JB’s metaphorical child left the house. When Justin says, “I gave you the key when the door wasn’t open," he is remembering the point when he realized his imagined child was old enough to be entrusted with the responsibility of carrying their own house key.
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Next, many of Justin Bieber’s faithful listeners accredit the line, “When you broke down, I didn’t leave you,” to pertaining to Justin’s fidelity to his significant other when she reached emotional hardships. However, as Justin told a nonexistent magazine, this line is actually another flashback to teaching his child how to ride a bike and being there to save the day when destiny pulled them to the ground.
In another important line, Justin emphasizes how both parents must put their children’s needs before their own and how children will often forget how much their parents have done for them, saying, “I gave you the shirt off my back, what you saying.”
Lastly, Bieber says, “I showed you the game everyone else was playing.” What do you think this could possibly be about? This line acts as an explicit memory of J. Biebs acting as his child’s soccer coach, spending extra practice time to make sure his child knew the game just as well as anyone else.
It all goes to show that Justin's going to make a great parent someday. And don't worry, I'm sure the Biebs will forgive your confusion.
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