Recently I was watching an acoustic cover of the song Closer. Someone had commented on it asking why the singers were taking the song so seriously. It got me to thinking… it isn’t necessarily super serious but there are so many lyrics that are very relatable to millennials. I’m going to attempt to do a verse by verse analysis of the song to explain why a potentially not so serious song resonates so much to some millennials. This isn’t an explanation of why I relate to the song, it’s more of analysis based on things I’ve noticed with people around my age.
Hey, I was doing just fine before I met you
I drink too much and that’s an issue but I’m okay
In our twenties a lot of us are living pretty great independent lives. Just because we haven’t met a potential boyfriend or girlfriend doesn’t mean we aren’t living a fulfilled life. Since a lot of us are living independent lives, we are still going out a lot and possibly drinking too much from time to time. Over drinking may create some drama in our lives once in a while but in general our lives are fine despite it.
Hey, you tell your friends it was nice to meet them
But I hope I never see them again
Sometimes we may meet someone pretty cool. It may even seem like your lives seem to mesh pretty well. However, someone people will think that things are getting too serious when eachother’s friends start to know about the relationship. If they start getting introduced to too many people in the other person’s life they may start backing off because they don’t want to be tied down.
I know it breaks your heart
Moved to the city in a broke down car
And four years, no calls
Even though we know we may be hurting people by leaving, we value our independence so much that people will move or travel on a whim. The broke down car lyric also highlights that these moves or travels are often done despite financial stability.
Now you’re looking pretty in a hotel bar
And I can’t stop
No, I can’t stop
We may come across the people that we left on occasion. These run ins often will bring back the feelings for that person because of a lack of closure.
So baby pull me closer in the backseat of your Rover
That I know you can’t afford
Bite that tattoo on your shoulder
Pull the sheets right off the corner
Of the mattress that you stole
From your roommate back in Boulder
We ain’t ever getting older
Some people may even end up hooking up with that person they ran into after all that time. The whole part about the Rover also highlights the desire a lot people my age have to possess flashy items even if they don’t have the means. It’s ironic though because the things that can’t be shown off, people go to extreme measure to spend as little as possible on them. That concept is displayed in the lyric about the mattress. Or maybe that’s just a weird lyric.
We ain’t ever getting older
There maybe a lot of craziness and uncertainty in a millennial’s life but a the end of the day many don’t want to get older and be “forced” to take on more responsibility because they don’t want to give up the fun and freedom they are experiencing.
You look as good as the day I met you
I forget just why I left you, I was insane
Stay and play that Blink-182 song
That we beat to death in Tuscon, okay
The more time that is spent with some of the people who were left behind in the process of enjoying our freedom the more nostalgic we may become about the good times with those people. With that nostalgia it may start sinking in that eventually we may want to settle down a little so that the people we have good experiences with, we can keep having good experiences with.
Note- This whole post may be a stretch but I just thought it be fun to see if I could pull out any meaning from this song since it became such a hit. Don’t take this analysis too seriously, the intent of this song could be totally different or completely not serious.