Move over Justin Beiber… actually move 5 spaces over. We need to make room for One Direction, the biggest teenage icon and a pre-teen sensation to hit the music scene since Beiber Fever struck a few years ago.
They even sell One Direction fashion dolls for every band member.
Their latest hit Live While We’re Young is about sneaking out of the house, staying up all night, making irrational decisions, and…. sex? Or so it seems.
Listening to the lyrics, the upbeat melody makes it seem innocent enough, but then they throw in some slang words.
The music starts. Your boppin’ your head to the beat. And the teenage heart-throbs start to sing….
“Hey girl I’m waiting on ya, I’m waiting on ya
Come on and let me sneak you out
And have a celebration, a celebration
The music up, the windows down
Yeah, we’ll be doing what we do
Just pretending that we’re cool and we know it too
Yeah, we’ll keep doing what we do
Just pretending that we’re cool, so tonight
Let’s go crazy, crazy, crazy ’til we see the sun
I know we only met but let’s pretend it’s love
And never, never, never stop for anyone
Tonight let’s get some and live while we’re young”
You don’t have to Google it to know that the slang definition for “get some” is “get some sex”. But, of course, it could mean “get some fun” in this case, right?
The second verse, however, is even more suggestive:
“Hey girl it’s now or never, it’s now or never
Don’t overthink just let it go
And if we get together, yeah, get together
Don’t let the pictures leave your phone”
Why wouldn’t they want pictures to leave their phone? What are they doing? At this point in the song, it doesn’t matter what “get some” means, it matters that they are clearly suggesting that they are doing something inappropriate.
I’m not saying that One Direction sat down to write this song and said “Hey! Let’s write about sex.” In fact, I’m almost certain that wasn’t their goal. They probably meant for it to be just another fun dance song…. which is why it’s even more concerning.
Our culture has warped words and meanings to such an extreme that there is no distinction between “fun” and “sex” and “get some”. It’s all blurred together in one big confusing search for self-satisfaction.