We've all heard these great lyrics being blasted nonstop recently from every frat, dorm room, and even cars driving by. And who can blame everyone? The song is super catchy. But is there any value to the lyrics? Actually, if we take a closer look, we might be able to gain some insight to our culture.
At first it seems like the singer, Carly Rae Jepsen is just another girl, infatuated with some stud in ripped jeans, hoping and praying that he'll notice her. Maybe that's all she is, a stereotypical girl with a crush. "I'd trade my soul for a wish, pennies and dimes for a kiss," she declares, dreaming of her boy, but clearly it's all just wishful thinking. Until she shocks us all in the chorus — she gives the guy her phone number! Now, for a girl like her, this is unheard of. All the guys chase her! But here she is being the one chasing, and it's just "crazy"!
The upbeat nature of the song exudes a "what the heck!" sentiment, as she steps over normal gender boundaries and goes for the guy herself. It seems like she is nervous to see the outcome, but excited to try it at the same time.
So does Carly Rae perpetuate female stereotypes, or is she in fact breaking them? Does the way in which she portrays her situation shed new light on girls, giving new hope for gender role reversal? Or does it just add to the ever-growing pile of love songs for wishful girls?
Enjoy. (Like the twist at the end??)