We know we’ve done a lot of coverage on Maroon5 and Wiz Khalifa’s “Payphone“, but we just can’t help it — the song is too catchy! Now that we’re putting the new tune on the deCODED train, let’s take a look at what the lovelorn song is truly about…
I’m at a payphone trying to call home
All of my change I’ve spent on you
Where have the times gone, baby it’s all gone
Where are the plans we made for two, yeah
“Payphone” starts off with the narrator desperately stuffing change into one of those pre-cell phone machines, which represents a grand romantic gesture: he could have just called from a cell or landline out of convenience, but he’s trying to prove his love to his ex-girl.
I, I know its hard to remember
The people we used to be
Its even harder to picture
That you’re not here next to me
He begs his ex-lover to remember the times they had together in the past, because he’s finding it hard to go on without her by his side.
You say it’s too late to make it
But is it to late to try?
And in our time that you wasted
All of our bridges burned down
His ex-flame claims that it’s too late to repair their broken relationship, but the narrator begs to differ. As they waste time pussyfooting around each other, though, their last threads of hope (aka the bridges) “burned down”, so now there really is no chance to reconcile.
I wasted my nights
You turned out the lights
Now I’m paralyzed
Still stuck in that time
Where we called it love
But even the sun sets in paradise
All of his efforts spent on trying to get her back were wasted: she “turned off the lights” and denied his advances. He’s sitting in limbo, thinking about the days they were together, but comes to the realization that “even the sun sets in paradise” — all good things must come to an end.
If happy ever after did exist
I would still be holding you like this
All those fairy tales are full of sh*t
One more f***ing love song, I’ll be sick
The narrator definitely does NOT believe in fairy tales any more, now that his relationship is through! He’s also fed up with love songs, because those are all make believe to him as well.
You turn your back on tomorrow
‘Cause you forgot yesterday
I gave you my love to borrow
But you just gave it away
With one last angry breath, the narrator accuses his ex of not being hopeful for the future because she forgot about her past, AKA their relationship. He gave all of his love to her, and she never gave it back.
You can’t expect me to be fine
I don’t expect you to care
I know I said it before
But all of our bridges burned down
She shouldn’t expect him to be over their relationship like her, because she’s being pretty darn careless and he still cares a whole heck of a lot. He references his “bridges burned down” metaphor again for emphasis: they will never get back together now that she’s being totally heartless.
Man, f*** that sh*t
I’ll be out spending all this money while you sitting round
Wondering why it wasn’t you who came up from nothing
Made it from the bottom, now when you see me I’m stuntin’
Here comes Wiz Khalifa’s verse! Wiz references one of his old flames who just didn’t measure up to his success. As he got his career going full speed ahead, his ex complained why she wasn’t having the same level of success, and that really grinded Wiz’s gears.
And all of my cars open go with the push of a button
Telling me I changed since I blew up or whatever you call it
Switched the number to my phone so you never could call it
Don’t need my name on my shirt, you can see that I’m ballin, swish
When Wiz first made it big, his ex-girl accused him of changing who he was, and Wiz couldn’t handle the accusation. He switched his phone number on her and sticks it to her a little further by telling her that everybody knows who he is now — he couldn’t care about her less!
What a shame, could have got picked
Had a really good game but you made your last shot
So you talk about who you see at the top
Or what you could have saw, but it’s sad to say it’s over for her
Wiz compares his ex-love to a player on a basketball team: she could have been picked to play on his team, but she made her last shot and it wasn’t good enough. He gives her permission to talk smack about him or what they could have been all she wants — it’s over for her anyways, so what does it matter?
Phantom pull up, valet, open doors
Wished I go away, got what you was looking for
Now it’s me who they want, so you can go and take that little piece of sh*t with you
As he’s pulling up to an event in a Phantom and the valet parks his sweet ride, Wiz reflects on what his ex said to him: she wished he’d go away, and well, he did! His last little jab might be towards her new guy: Wiz is the one on everybody’s lips now, so she can go away and pretend she’s happy with her new beau.
Once again, watch the lyric video for Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa’s “Payphone”:
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