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Rebecca Black - Friday - Lyrics Deciphered Watch

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    Rebecca Black’s song “Friday” may be the most profound and accurate representation of being a teenager since J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye”. Sadly, Ms. Black’s music video for “Friday” has recently come under fire. I, for one, see the music video as a misrepresentation of the songs lyrics - it has a message that needs to be taken and accounted for.


    Seven a.m., waking up in the morning
    Gotta be fresh, gotta go downstairs
    Gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal
    Seein’ everything, the time is goin’
    Tickin’ on and on, everybody’s rushin’
    Gotta get down to the bus stop
    Gotta catch my bus, I see my friends (My friends)



    Ms. Black is making a statement about the monotonous schedule of life that teenagers long to escape. Cereal symbolizes the childhood she has left behind for this more structured existence. She must have her cereal, because it is one of the last bastions of a childhood coming closer and closer to an end as adulthood looms. This is proven by the next two lines, in which she cries out for the world to slow down. However, this monotonous day is broken by a surprise encounter with her friends. She is so surprised and overjoyed by the event that she repeats (My friends) for further emphasis on the change.


    Kickin’ in the front seat
    Sittin’ in the back seat
    Gotta make my mind up
    Which seat can I take?



    This short verse is a metaphor for the social anxiety almost every teen feels; it’s alternately a comment on the terrifyingly vast unknown of one's role in society after school. The double meaning is ingenious. Her friends wait expectantly for her decision, but she feels nervous. Who should I associate myself with? Would they be mad if I sat in the back or front? Ms. Black clearly feels uncomfortable in social situations. By asking what seat she can take, Ms. Black contemplates what her place in society will be when she grows up. Will there even be a place for her? Will she be in the front seat mainly with one group or in the back with another? The possibilities are open and it scares her. At the same time, "Kickin' in the front seat/ Sittin' in the back seat", shows the eternal class struggle that she has noticed in her life. Those "Kickin' in the front seat" are the upper class and they life of luxury they enjoy. Those "Sittin' in the back seat" are the working class and their inability to enjoy their position ("Kickin'" as Ms. Black metaphorically calls it) and hence are always sitting.


    It’s Friday, Friday
    Gotta get down on Friday
    Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend
    Friday, Friday
    Gettin’ down on Friday
    Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend
    Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
    Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
    Fun, fun, fun, fun
    Lookin’ forward to the weekend



    Here Ms. Black confronts the fears of the future in a negative and possibly self-destructive way. She looks forward to the weekend, as there is no structure and one is able to do what one wants to do. However, to forget the agony of the train of adulthood barrelling towards her, she spends her time partying (what kind of party, we are not told) until she forgets her troubles. She looks forward to the weekend as an escape from the troubles and fear that permeate her young life.


    7:45, we’re drivin’ on the highway
    Cruisin’ so fast, I want time to fly
    Fun, fun, think about fun
    You know what it is
    I got this, you got this
    My friend is by my right, ay
    I got this, you got this
    Now you know it



    “Cruisin’ so fast” is more evidence for dealing with the pressures of the future in a negative way. One believes she almost wants the car to crash as to release her from the prison of her future. Instead of dwelling on this, however, she thinks about fun; maybe if she thinks of fun these fears will vanish. She tries to tell herself things will be alright. I've got it, Ms. Black reassures herself, I have friends by my side who can help me through this fear. And thus she believes it for a while. On another note, her friend being on her right is symbolic of her conservative values, and rejection of liberal politics, not even noticing her friend on the left.


    Yesterday was Thursday, Thursday
    Today i-is Friday, Friday (Partyin’)
    We-we-we so excited
    We so excited
    We gonna have a ball today
    Tomorrow is Saturday
    And Sunday comes after … wards
    I don’t want this weekend to end



    Yesterday was oppression, today is freedom. Who wouldn’t be excited about that? Society can no longer restrain her from following her own path, whatever that may be. The weekend may also symbolise retirement, after years of work she would be able to settle down and do what she wants with her life. Tomorrow is Saturday, the complete release from structure. She does not want to live the time of hard work between school and retirement, she just wants to go from having few responsibilities to having even fewer at the end of life. She doesn’t want this period of freedom to end.


    R-B, Rebecca Black
    So chillin’ in the front seat (In the front seat)
    In the back seat (In the back seat)
    I’m drivin’, cruisin’ (Yeah, yeah)
    Fast lanes, switchin’ lanes
    Wit’ a cop on my side (Woo!)
    (C’mon) Passin’ by is a school bus in front of me
    Makes tick tock, tick tock, wanna scream
    Check my time, it’s Friday, it’s a weekend
    We gonna have fun, c’mon, c’mon, y’all



    This rapper, whose name is Patrice Wilson, represents a voice of reason trying to help Ms. Black through her fears. By saying she is in both the front AND back seats, he suggests that Ms. Black can reconcile her social anxiety by not choosing one side alone, embracing both and not letting any become her favorite. However, he feels angered about the pressures society puts on its teens to achieve everything. He sees a school bus in front of him and, like a bomb, wants to explode into screams. It should be Friday already, so those poor kids can have some of that ever-lasting pressure taken off! Also notice how one is only really "chillin'" in the "front seat", again explaining how one can only have fun and truly be free while in the upper class social structure.


    It’s Friday, Friday
    Gotta get down on Friday
    Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend
    Friday, Friday
    Gettin’ down on Friday
    Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend



    With the repetition of this chorus, one realizes the emphasis she is putting on how everyone is looking forward to the end of the pressures and structures that society imposes. Her final point is that no one enjoys the structure, not fully. We all look forward to the weekends. Many people also look forward to the end of work, when life’s Saturday comes around and death awaits.
    Reading these lyrics one may think it is a simple song about a girl having fun on Friday, but with all genius that is not the case. Rebecca Black has created a form of manifesto stating that everyone dislikes the pressures of society and long for the time of freedom and lack of responsibilities at the Saturday and Sunday of life: retirement and childhood respectively. Between them is the vast majority of life, work that doesn’t end until the metaphorical weekend.
    The point Rebecca Black is trying to make is not that life will be horrible, but that life is hard, but it’s worth staying around till the end, because then you are allowed to finally have some fun. This is an admirable work that should be further analyzed from other viewpoints; I’m sure there is more hidden information below the surface, crawling to escape it's prison, like the enigmatic Ms. Black herself.








    Better then Shakespeare :holmes:
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    nice story bro
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    While your point is justified, I think it's just a really bad song
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    I felt like this during English lit at school; the teachers forced us to get meaning out of stuff which the authors probably didn't even think of.
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    Hahaha, great.
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    is this also a joke?
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    What can I say. That song is wrong in every possible aspect.

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    Thanks for moving it to chat.
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    Haha. no

    But she may wish she has that much depth, insight and oversight at 13
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    brimming with intellect, she is :coma:
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    (Original post by lukejoshjedi)
    Haha. no

    But she may wish she has that much depth, insight and oversight at 13
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    I would like to ask - which do you think is the worst part of the song?

    1. When she's gotta make up her mind which seat could she take while there are 4 people in a 5-seat car.
    2. The awkwardly dancing girl in the pink dress.
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    (Original post by Oh my Ms. Coffey)



    Better then Shakespeare :holmes:
    That was epic + rep for you, really made me laugh
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    (Original post by MJay91)
    I would like to ask - which do you think is the worst part of the song?

    1. When she's gotta make up her mind which seat could she take while there are 4 people in a 5-seat car.
    2. The awkwardly dancing girl in the pink dress.
    I'd say this part.

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    (Original post by Oh my Ms. Coffey)
    I'd say this part.

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    :lol: How about this one?

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    Prefer the original Dylan version myself :awesome:, but each to their own .

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    HAHA Brilliant! REP+ that's some good analysis there lol
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    (Original post by MJay91)
    :lol: How about this one?

    Im loving these RB pictures, make my day.
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    (Original post by Oh my Ms. Coffey)
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    What is this? I don't even....
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    (Original post by MJay91)
    :lol: How about this one?

    haha xD i laughed when i saw this
 
 
 
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