Musical Autopsy

In this movella, I will strip a song down to its core and try to decipher its inner meaning, if it has one, and what is wrong with it. Song suggestions welcome. *Update - I only do songs that made one of the billboard charts at some point in time. Thanks!*

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15. Sorry by Justin Bieber

Song: Sorry

Artist: Justin Bieber

Songwriter(s): BLOOD DIAMOND, JULIA MICHAELS, JUSTIN BIEBER, JUSTIN TRANTER, SKRILLEX

Current Billboard rating: 1

Billboard Peek: 1

Release Date: Jan 23, 2016

 

As most of you have probably heard, Mr. Biebs is dominating the charts. Let's hear his most popular song as of now, "Sorry". Before we start, I'd like to share a quote that was released, "Justin Bieber wrote the apologetic song with songwriters Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels who provided an explanation for the meaning of the lyrics: "We were just trying to capture that moment in a relationship or a particular moment in your life where you realize you made a mistake and you're finally ready to admit it and apologize." Justin Tranter added: "Truly saying sorry is never easy to do, and when you are you just hope it’s not too late."" On that beautiful note, let's get started

 

~~You gotta go and get angry at all of my honesty

Alright, so this line is pretty straight forward. Justin is complaining because, after he admitted to his presumed wrong doings, this person's mad at him.


 You know I try but I don't do too well with apologies

Ah, so this explained why he had to tell the truth. Biebs said "Hi, Felicia. I did (insert Justin-like thing), and, well, I'm sorry,"


 I hope I don't run out of time. Could someone call a referee?

I think the second part of this line that uses the word "referee" (Line 3). is relating to how fair this conversation is. Well, Justin, I guess you got what you asked for - me.


 'Cause I just need one more shot at forgiveness

 I know you know that I made those mistakes maybe once or twice

See? I only screwed up a couple times. Wait... this is Justin we're talking about... ri--


 And by once or twice I mean maybe a couple of hundred times

Yeah, Justin. That's kind of what we thought


 So let me, oh, let me redeem, oh, redeem, oh, myself tonight
 'Cause I just need one more shot, second chances

Alright, so, despite what I said earlier in line three, I won't be your "referee", but it honestly sounds like this person, presumably a girl, has given you plenty of second chances. Whatever, at least you're trying to be a good person... right? RIGHT?

 

 Yeah
 Is it too late now to say sorry?

So Biebs here is admitting he's done wrong. Huh! I wonder why....


 'Cause I'm missing more than just your body, oh

Oh, I see! The truth comes out - the girl was hot. I mean you don't miss that at all. He just doesn't remember what else he liked, at least not well enough to include it in the song.


 Is it too late now to say sorry?
 Yeah, I know-oh-oh, that I let you down
 Is it too late to say I'm sorry now?

Now, I am going to own up and say this isn't the worst chorus I've heard in pop music. Sure, it is a tad repetitive, but I do think It has a mediocre meaning... especially from the dude who, you know, spit on his fans.

 

 I'm sorry yeah
 Sorry yeah
 Sorry
 Yeah, I know that I let you down
 Is it too late to say I'm sorry now?

 I'll take every single piece of the blame if you want me to

Real sooth, Biebs


 But you know that there is no innocent one in this game for two

I thought you were begging for this dudette's forgiveness?! Now your blaming her? Way to win a girl over.


 I'll go, I'll go and then you go, you go out and spill the truth
 Can we both say the words, say, forget this?

No, I don't think we can forget this.

 

 Yeah
 Is it too late now to say sorry?
 'Cause I'm missing more than just your body, oh
 Is it too late now to say sorry?
 Yeah, I know-oh-oh, that I let you down
 Is it too late to say I'm sorry now?

 I'm not just trying to get you back on me (oh, no, no)
 'Cause I'm missing more than just your body (your body), oh
 Is it too late now to say sorry?
 Yeah, I know-oh-oh, that I let you down
 Is it too late to say I'm sorry now?

[2x]
 I'm sorry yeah
 Sorry, oh
 Sorry
 Yeah, I know-oh-oh, that I let you down (let you down)
 Is it too late to say I'm sorry now?

 

 

So this, obviously, isn't such a very terrible song, but I still wanted to do it anyway.

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