Stuff I Like: Somewhat Profound Lyrics in Unexpected Places

I like pop music (in case you haven't heard...my favorite musical group of all time is these guys).  In the last few months, I've noticed a few songs that are disguised as catchy, harmless pop, but have these alarmingly profound lyrics hiding inside!

The song:  "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepson (Everyone's current favorite song that for some reason people are embarrassed to admit? [But guess what, everyone?  Everyone else likes it, too, so really, there's nothing to be ashamed of]).
The Shakespearan-level line:  "Before you came into my life, I missed you so bad."  <--Srsly, y'all.  Before I knew you, before I even was aware of your existence on Planet Earth, there was a void in my life, a hole that I wanted to be filled, something I knew was missing.  When that line isn't embedded in Carly Rae's upbeat bridge, tell me that's not the deepest thing you've ever heard.

The song:  "Stronger" by Kelly Clarkson (the girl who can do no wrong)
The Shakespearan-level line:  "Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone."  <--Wow.  The difference between loneliness and alone-ness was one I hadn't really thought about before, but this line is so right.  Loneliness is a sadness, a longing to be with someone else (you know, like maybe that void Carly Rae Jepson used to feel).  But it's more than possible to be alone and feel strong and capable and tall and just good in that alone-ness.  SO PROFOUND.

The song:  "We Found Love" by Rihanna (which I am not posting the real video of, because she is missing one clothing item or another the majority of the time)
The Shakespearan-level line:  "We found love in a hopeless place."  Isn't this pretty much THE MEANING OF LIFE?!  Everywhere we look things seem hopeless, bad things happen, the world seems to have gone crazy, yet we find love and give love and have family and friends and romances and that somehow makes it all worth it.  And a techno dance beat to back us up never hurts either.


  1. Thanks for defining some of these lyrics! And yes, I'll admit it--even I like "Call Me Maybe",

  2. My top 3 cardio workout songs at the moment. Not even joking. You should see me run to Stronger. I don't even want to know what kind of faces I make.......

  3. OK if you like stronger, you'll like it even more after you see this video from seattle children's hospital:

  4. let's talk about the surprise ending to the "Call Me, Maybe" video!! :-) didn't see that one coming....