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Memphis (Reply)

I am so obsessed with Memphis that I wrote a reply to Justin’s lyrics. For those who do not know, Memphis is a track (feat. Diplo & Big Sean) from Music Journals album released in 2013. It’s an electric hip-hop music and imagine how more beautiful it is noting that Justin recorded this when he was around 19 years old. The lyrics talk about a typical love problem of being confused about what’s going on in the relationship, but what I like about this is how Justin come up with sincere and creative lyrics to bring out his emotion. This is how I interpret it:

Justin and the girl have already confessed their love for each other. However, it was challenging because although they know each other’s feelings, expressing it is a problem. There is something in this girl which Justin could not understand, something that prevents him from showering his love for her. It seems that Justin wants to be close to her but he could not do it for some reason. This troubled Justin a lot, and he doesn’t know what was wrong so he ended up moving a distance from the girl hoping that he will understand what is happening.

Meanwhile, on the girl’s perspective, she feels that Justin’s attempt to distance himself is so unjustifiable. She thinks that Justin easily gave up, just because he doesn’t know what was wrong he automatically withdraws from whatever they have started. She is angry, she thought that it was wrong for Justin to go far away from her, but she also feels sad about how things are going on. What makes her even sad is the fact that she doesn’t know why it is happening.

The problem is neither of them knows whose fault it is and who started the uneasiness in their relationship.

Here are the original and reply lyrics. By the way, I only made few alterations.

 

ORIGINAL

“Memphis”

(feat. Big Sean)

 

Love you, need you

I need you here to stay

 

Girl you’re on my mind like 24/7

Every single time that I’m not with you (woop woop woop)

If you spend the night, baby it could be heaven

Hit me on my line if you’re tryna come through

 

I feel my heartbeat bumpin’ to the bass (boom, boom, boom, boom)

She give me butterflies and they won’t go away (away away)

Under the stars, she took my hand and said,

“Love you, need you, need you here to stay.”

 

I’d like to give you what you need

I try but you’re makin’ it hard for me

How do I make you believe?

Cause I love you, need you, need you here to stay

 

I’d like to give you what you need

I try but you’re makin’ it hard for me

How do I make you believe?

Cause I love you, need you, need you here to stay

 

Every time you’re distant, girl somethin’ is missin’

And wish that I could fix it, I wish things were different

What else, what else, if you love me, girl then say it

Say what else, what else, if you wanna be my baby

 

I feel my heartbeat bumpin’ to the bass (boom, boom, boom, boom)

She give me butterflies and they won’t go away (away, away)

Under the stars, she took my hand and said,

“Love you, need you, need you here to stay.”

 

I’d like to give you what you need

I try but you’re makin’ it hard for me

How do I make you believe?

Cause I love you, need you, need you here to stay

 

I’d like to give you what you need

I try but you’re makin’ it hard for me

How do I make you believe?

Cause I love you, need you, need you here to stay

 

[Sean]

Is this what you want? The baddest, the baddest

I know what you want, without askin’

I hit once, have to have it, I hit it twice, it’s a habit, don’t get caught up in traffic

I heard that it’s hazardous the stormin’ outside, let’s do that on the mattress

I just keep asking, is it real, is it real? Look, tell me, is it real?

Yep, real enough to go and get it tatted?

Give you flowers, now you look like you won a pageant

I can take you to the crib, condo, or the cabin, what’s up?

If you make it, I can make it happen, I can grant it

Don’t you take my “grant it” though for granted

I know that’s not your intent, we ain’t even campin’

And to leave this bed I’mma need a fuckin’ ransom

Man I got her screamin’ “Finally Famous!” when we fly around

Never lie to you ‘less I lie you down (swerv)

I put the writin’ on the wall, but you don’t understand it all like we in Chinatown

We one and one, both one of ones, and when you put the twos together

That’s not twenty-two, it’s forever, I promise 20-20 couldn’t even make it clearer

I swear, Sean Don

 

I’d like to give you what you need

I try but you’re makin’ it hard for me

How do I make you believe?

Cause I love you, need you, need you here to stay

 

I’d like to give you what you need

I try but you’re makin’ it hard for me

How do I make you believe?

Cause I love you, need you, need you here to stay

 

==========

REPLY

“Memphis”

(feat. Big Sean)

 

Love you, need you

I need you here to stay

 

Boy you’re on my mind like 24/7

Every single time that I’m not with you (woop woop woop)

If we spend the night, baby it could be heaven

But you’re not here ‘cause you leave me alone

 

I hear my mind saying Why do you have to go?(oh why)

Yeah you disappeared, seems that you let go (he goes)

Under the stars, I took your hand and said,

“Love you, need you, need you here to stay.”

 

I’d like to be with you again

I kept thinking but you’re not here with me

How do I stop the pain?

Cause I love you, need you, need you here to stay

 

I’d like to be with you again

I kept thinking but you’re not here with me

How do I stop the pain?

Cause I love you, need you, need you here to stay

 

Every time you’re distant, boy somethin’ is missin’

And wish that I could fix it, I wish things were different

What else, what else, if you love me, why you left me

Say what else, what else, I gave you everything, baby

 

I hear my mind saying Why do you have to go?(oh why)

Yeah you disappeared, seems that you let go (he goes)

Under the stars, I took your hand and said,

“Love you, need you, need you here to stay.”

 

I’d like to be with you again

I kept thinking but you’re not here with me

How do I stop the pain?

Cause I love you, need you, need you here to stay

 

I’d like to be with you again

I kept thinking but you’re not here with me

How do I stop the pain?

Cause I love you, need you, need you here to stay

 

[Sean]

Is this what you want? The baddest, the baddest

I don’t know what you want, can’t ask it

I hit once, have to have it, I hit it twice, it’s a habit, don’t get caught up in traffic

I heard that it’s hazardous the stormin’ outside, let’s do that on the mattress

I just keep asking, is it real, is it real? Look, tell me, is it real?

Yep, real enough to go and get it tatted?

You gave flowers, do we really understand it?

I can take you to the crib, condo, or the cabin, what’s up?

If you make it, I can make it happen, I can grant it

Don’t you take my “grant it” though for granted

I know that’s not your intent, we ain’t even campin’

And to leave this bed I’mma need a fuckin’ ransom

Once, you got me screamin’ “Finally Famous!” when we fly around

Never lie to you ‘less I lie you down (swerv)

I put the writin’ on the wall, but you don’t understand it all like we in Chinatown

We one and one, both one of ones, and when you put the twos together

That’s not twenty-two, it’s forever, I promise 20-20 could even make it clearer

But damn you’re gone

 

I’d like to be with you again

I kept thinking but you’re not here with me

How do I stop the pain?

Cause I love you, need you, need you here to stay

 

I’d like to be with you again

I kept thinking but you’re not here with me

How do I stop the pain?

Cause I love you, need you, need you here to stay

 

**Photo credits: Google images

 

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