How convenient that I talked about Jon Bellion’s song, “All Time Low” last week, and now the actual band has released a new single called, “Dirty Laundry.” It’s great. You should immediately go listen to it. Right now. Here, I’ll help. Click here.
Now that you’ve listened, you know what I’m talking about. This song is great. I’ve always loved and been a fan of All Time Low, thinking their lyrics were awesome (I’m not wrong), I’ve been there since “Dear Maria, Count Me In,” and I won’t hide it. But this song. Damn. It is so freaking good. And I’m not just saying that.
But first, if you don’t know the band, let’s meet them.
From left to right: Zack Merrick, Alex Gaskarth, Rian Dawson, and Jack Barakat AKA one of the best bands ever, but I’m biased.
Also, that is such an old picture. Good times. Here’s a more recent photo.
They look more human here mainly because they’ve grown up and realized those old hairstyles were not fun (I tease—my hair was not pretty then either). It blows my mind that they are actually older than me to be honest. And I’m getting off topic. Did I mention I love All Time Low?
Let’s talk about the lyrics, which is what this blog is about.
I don’t believe in saints,
They never make mistakes,
I know it’s not my place,
Who am I to tell you that you need to change?
Her closet’s such a mess
Filled up with all the skeletons she’s kept,
Nobody’s perfect I confess,
But she’s perfect enough
Without ever dressing up
So, technically this could be verse 1 and 2, but I’m grouping it together as verse 1 because they’re both before the first chorus.
Okay. So. First stanza. Wowee wow. I love it? I love that from the beginning of the song he admits he has no place to tell the you they need to change. This establishes trust in the song, which is a technique we see in writing fiction and nonfiction all the time, and I love it because songs kind of tell stories but through music. Why else would we even listen to music then?
Second stanza: I love that they actually talk about the closet, even though they use the whole skeletons in a closet cliche, which actually works really well here. It’s a surprise because they don’t just simply say, “Her closet’s full of skeletons;” they paint a picture by saying it’s a mess and how it’s filled with the skeletons aka secrets she’s kept. And then it gets real fucking (sorry, Mom) sweet by saying she’s perfect without dressing up. Ugh. Toothache. I love it.
Dirty laundry is piling in her room
She’s got her secrets
Yea I got mine too
I don’t care about what you did
Only care about what we do
Dirty laundry looks good on you
LOOK. AT. HOW. SWEET. THIS. CHORUS. IS. And when I say sweet, I mean that my heart aches because this is love, guys. Also, my room is totally piled high with laundry, so I can totally relate (though it’s all clean and I haven’t put it up; I’m just lazy). This chorus automatically makes it my new dirty laundry playlist for when I clean my dirty laundry. I know what I’m doing this weekend.
Moving on. Again, with the whole honesty and trust thing with this chorus. He says she’s got secrets but hey, so does he, but also he doesn’t care about the past, only the future. Again, tooth-achingly sweet. And then more sweetness with the whole dirty laundry looks good on you. I love it. I don’t know if I’ll ever stop saying I love this song, and I’m not sorry.
Now here’s some honesty
Sometimes I trip over your history
Wish I could change my mind
But it’s the things I shouldn’t see
That always catch my eye
Heh. I’ve been talking about the honesty in this song, and then he goes and sings about it in the second verse. So, what I love about this second verse is that it gets super descriptive with imagery without you thinking so. We’ve already got the idea of dirty laundry in mind, how it piles up high in the room, and then he’s fucking (sorry, Mom) singing about how h trips over her history, which is just really nice. It’s a double meaning in that he could literally be tripping over some dirty ass laundry, or he’s tripping over her past and what she’s done.
BUT THEN, he’s all like, still don’t care because it’s that dirty past of yours that keeps me interested, and then we’re hit with the chorus 2 times to finish out the song. And those choruses after the second verse just make the meaning of the verse better because again, it’s reiterating that he doesn’t care about her past but about their future. Together. Cue last toothache.
There’s no bridge in this song, but I’d argue it’s actually not needed because the verses and chorus gets the point of the song across so well.
Before I end my basically praise All Time Low post, let’s talk about the sound of the song real quick because I think it’s important to the lyrics.
Hopefully you listened to the song when I told you to at the beginning of this post, and if not, shame on you. Go fix that. Now.
There’s something about how the sound of the music and the song just add more depth to the lyrics because the whole song is haunting yet mellow but also sweet, if that makes sense. It helps that there’s the background vocals of the little do do do do do do’s or ohs or whatever, and it really helps with the ambiance of the song. This song sounds exactly like what a heartfelt conversation with your other half should feel like. And for the whole song, until that very last chorus, everything is super mellow, and then we get that last chorus with classic All Time Low rocking out on their instruments and vocals, and it’s the climax of the song, the last heartfelt proclamation that’s saying I love you because of who we will be together and not who you were or what you did. And that’s just really beautiful.
Okay. Peace, music nerds.
P.S. Here’s a pile of dirty laundry, in honor of the song.