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Jon Bellion Sings The Word “Low” Probably About 5 Million Times In His New Song

Raise your hand if you’ve heard of the American rock band All Time Low. You know, performers/creators of the still popular “Dear Maria, Count Me In” and “Remembering Sunday” and etc. They’ve had six albums come out since they formed in 2003.

Now raise your hand if you’ve heard of the SONG, “All Time Low” by Jon Bellion. Come on, Jon. You can’t name a song “All Time Low” if there’s already a super popular and successful band with the exact same name.

Confused yet? Yeah, so was I.

I’ll readily admit that All Time Low is one of my favorite bands ever. A friend took me to their concert for my birthday my senior year of high school, and it was probably the best concert I’ve ever been to. But I’m getting off track.

This post is about Jon Bellion’s song, and I’m here to tell you why I loathe it. And possibly love it.

If you’ve read my last blog post, which was actually my first introductory blog post, you know this blog is meant for me to workshop lyrics of current songs, whether they have good lyrics, bad lyrics or  lyrics in between. So, let’s get down to business.

A little background: according to Jon Bellion himself, this song is supposed to represent what it feels like “three days after a breakup,” and we get that in the verses. The verses in my opinion are actually really well written. Let’s break verse 1 down.

 

Verse 1

I, was the knight in shining armor in your movie

Would put your lips on mine and love the aftertaste

Now I’m a ghost, I call your name, you look right through me

You’re the reason I’m alone and masturbate

 

OKAY, that last line of the first verse is a little bit too much information to be honest, but he’s honest, and that’s actually sort of refreshing, no matter how gross (Mom, if you’re reading this, look away).

But these lyrics are really clever. It talks about what it’s like to be in a relationship in a really simple way that everyone recognizes (knight in shining armor in your movie—I can forgive this cliché because it pulls you into the song and everyone can relate so kudos), and also, I just love the line of how he’s a ghost after the breakup and she looks right through him. That is crushing and a new way to hear how breakups are shitty that I haven’t seen before. It’s saying, “I died after we broke up” without actually saying “I died now that we’re over,” which we’ve heard a million times before.

So, this first verse is pretty solid. And it’s followed by a really nice pre-chorus which leads us into the irritatingly catchy chorus.

 

Pre-Chorus

I, I’ve been trying to fix my pride

But that shit’s broken, that shit’s broken

Lie (lie, lie) lie, l-lie, I try to hide

But now you know it

Chorus

That I’m at an all time

Low, low, low, low, low, low, low, low, low

Low, low, low, low, low, low, low, low, low

Low, low, low, low, low, low, low, low, low

Low, low, low, low, low, low, low, low, low

 

Really nice repetition in this pre-chorus, which is nice because repetition helps listeners like us learn the song more easily so we can sing along as we’re driving down the freeway or running on a treadmill. Again, the ideas here are simply and nicely stated, and I love that he’s again being honest saying his pride is a low point for him (ha ha) but THEN we get to the chorus for the first time.

I’ll be honest, the chorus has a nice lead in, if it weren’t for the fact that THE WHOLE CHORUS CONSISTS OF THE WORD LOW OVER AND OVER AGAIN. 36 TIMES TO BE EXACT.

And then, two minutes later, after verse 2* and the chorus yet again, 85% OF THE BRIDGE IS AGAIN, THE WORD LOW.

*I won’t go over verse 2 because I think it’s as well written as the first verse: it rhymes, tell us of his heartbreak,  all good stuff.*

Now, don’t get me wrong, this song is super catchy, almost so catchy that I can forgive Jon Bellion for singing the word low approximately 288 FUCKING TIMES (sorry, Mom) in this stupid song—yes, I listened and calculated this shit because I am that petty—but there’s a reason I said almost.

This chorus drives me bonkers because there is so much potential that I think is wasted. And when I say wasted, I mean I want to know more than how a guy is just feeling low low low low low low low low low etc. because WE GET IT. What’re you gonna do about it?

Yes, the chorus of the word low repeated is super catchy, and the music is actually really great, but really? All you could come up with for a chorus is the word low over and over again? A lot of people really like this song, and it’s one of the most popular songs I hear when I turn on the radio, so Jon Bellion must be doing something right. I mean, I caught myself singing it in the kitchen the other night as I was making dinner. It is that catchy.

So, here’s my small list of what I don’t like about the chorus:

  1. I think the lyrics fall completely flat in the chorus. Which, I mean, technically could be Jon Bellion’s point because aren’t we all a little flat after a breakup?
  2. I would have loved for the chorus to further explore the theme of the song, because I love a lot of lyrics, but that’s just me. But maybe it’s smart having this chorus be this way because there is simply nothing else to say when you’re at this low point in your life after a hurtful breakup.

I told you it was small. Moving on.

I might be the only one who both hates and loves this song. I love it because it’s super catchy and fun to sing, but I hate it because I wish something more had been done with the chorus. So much could have been done differently. Who knows—I certainly don’t know. I’m also not the recording artist who wrote and recorded this song and is probably making millions.

So, you win this round, Jon Bellion. I hope you’re happy with what you’ve done, making this song get stuck in my head for hours. And I do mean hours. I’ve woken up with this chorus stuck in my head. Thanks a lot. But also, thanks for writing this awesome song that a lot of people love and relate to because that’s what’s important really. Making that connection. Keep doing you and being successful.

Peace out, music nerds.

Brittney ❤

P.S. You should totally go check out Jon Bellion’s acoustic version of his song. It’s kind of awesome. Damn has this boy got some pipes. Please keep singing forever, Jon Bellion.

P.P.S. Is it really acoustic though, when he’s using that little beep boop thingy on the music stand? It has a chord attached to it or something? It’s not an acoustic guitar, I know that much. I don’t know, guys. I have no idea.

 

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