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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14. What Do You Mean? by Justin Bieber

Song: What Do You Mean?

Artist: Justin Bieber

Songwriter(s): Justin Bieber, Jason Boyd, and Mason Levy

Read more: Justin Bieber - What Do You Mean? Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Current Billboard Rating: 3

Billboard Peak: 1

Release Date: September 19, 2015

 

What do you mean?

And roll the credits! Song over!


 Ohh ohh ohh

Oh... It's not over


 When you nod your head yes
 But you wanna say no
 What do you mean?

Justin, I hate to say this, and I would like to warn you that I am not a psychologist, but she is probably saying "no" with emotion. Whatever, do what you wish.

 


 Hey yeah
 When you don't want me to move
 But you tell me to go

Well, the first time was explainable, but I am pretty confused as well. Maybe you should ask her...


 What do you mean?

Oh you did. Well, she's a jerk for not answering.


 Ohh
 What do you mean?

Ah, well this is getting annoying.


 Said we're running out of time
 What do you mean?

This one's easy to explain - you're running out of time


 Ohh ohh ohh
 What do you mean?
 Better make up your mind

Is that a threat?


 What do you mean?

 You're so indecisive of what I'm saying

Wait, you're indecisive too? Maybe you guys are soul mates!


 Trying to catch the beat, make up your heart
 Don't know if you're happy or complaining
 Don't want for us to end
 Where do I start

Well, you could sit her down, and tell her how you feel, Justin, but I know that's not your style - right?


 First you wanna go to the left and you want to turn right

Does this have a metaphorical meaning? Or maybe she is literally giving you directions. Hey, you probably need it anyway.


 Wanna argue all day, make love all night

This relationship got weird.


 First you up then you're down and between

I... don't know what to say


 Ohh I really want to know...

 What do you mean?

Cue the chorus!!


 Ohh ohh ohh
 When you nod your head yes
 But you wanna say no
 What do you mean?
 Hey yeah
 When you don't want me to move
 But you tell me to go
 What do you mean?
 Ohh

Cue the chorus again!


 What do you mean?
 Said we're running out of time
 What do you mean?
 Ohh ohh ohh
 What do you mean?
 Better make up your mind
 What do you mean?

 You're overprotective when I'm leaving

Overprotective over who? Ah, that's the source of your problems.


 Trying to compromise but I can't win

Maybe you should just quit . Losing is, after all, for losers, and you couldn't have that, Justin


 You wanna make a point but you keep preaching
 You had me from the start, won't let this end
 First you wanna go to the left then you want to turn right
 Wanna argue all day, make love all night
 First you're up then you're down then between
 Ohh I really wanna know...

In case you haven't already memorized the lyrics to the chorus,... here they are!!

 

 What do you mean?
 Ohh ohh ohh
 When you nod your head yes
 But you wanna say no
 What do you mean?
 Hey yeah
 When you don't want me to move
 But you tell me to go
 What do you mean?

 I want to know...
 Oh

Anyone who hasn't memorized the lyrics has psychological issues.


 What do you mean?
 Ohhh
 Said we're running out of time
 What do you mean?
 (Oh baby)
 Ohh ohh ohh
 What do you mean?
 Better make up your mind
 What do you mean?
 Ohh ohh ohh
 (This is ours baby, yeah)
 When you nod your head yes
 But you wanna say no
 What do you mean?
 (You're so confusing baby)
 Hey yeah
 When you don't want me to move
 But you tell me to go
 What do you mean?
 (Be more straight forward)
 Ohh

*sighs*


 What do you mean?
 Said we're running out of time
 What do you mean?
 Ohh ohh ohh
 What do you mean?
 Better make up your mind
 What do you mean?

 

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