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SONG MEANING: “Me Too” by Meghan Trainor continues her unique brand of self-love and self-empowerment pop songs that encourage listeners to be more content and confident. “Me Too,” however, goes further than her other songs and verges on bragging about her own success. 

Meghan Trainor’s got a good thing going for her. Her throwback-reliant musical style, sassy attitude, and positive messages have quickly rocketed her to fame. She’s very talented and very good at what she does.

And her latest single and music video “Me Too” wants you to know it.

The track sounds like a throwback to “Gangnam Style,” and the goofy giraffe costume, the dance troupe, and the tongue-in-cheek-bragging further suggest the popular Korean hit released by Psy in 2012.

Add to that a little bit of controversy, and you’ve got a real hit. Apparently, the artist noticed that her waist had been retouched in the music video. She immediately demanded it taken down and had the editors release the untouched version instead. This, of course, endears her to her fans and suggests that she really means what she says in her “body positive” songs, paving the way for “Me Too” to be a success also.

You can listen along if you like. I’ve added “Me Too” by Meghan Trainor to my Spotify playlist “Clifford Stumme’s Pop Prerogative.” Feel free to follow the playlist!

Line-by-Line Analysis

First Verse

Trainor, in the music video, wakes up and gets out of bed. She starts preparing for the day (which includes filming a music video that she dances for later in “Me Too”) while singing, “Who’s that sexy thing I see over there? / That’s me, standing in the mirror.” Immediately, listeners can detect the body-positive message we’ll hear through the rest of the song. Trainor appears to be countering negative messages some people send themselves when they see themselves after they’ve just gotten out of bed without any makeup or other preparation. She seems to be saying, “No, I am [and you vicariously are] still sexy even when you feel you’re at your least attractive.”

She continues, “What’s that icy thing hanging around my neck? / That’s gold; show me some respect.” This half of the verse takes a different tack and suggests that this song will also be self-praise and a little bragging as she reflects on the status she’s achieved as a popular celebrity.

Pre-Chorus

Trainor continues, “I think God everyday / That I woke up feeling this way.” She’s obviously very happy about what she’s been able to accomplish, and she’s trying to live her life to the fullest. She then sings, “And I can’t help loving myself / And I don’t need nobody else.” She’s satisfied with who she is and wants everyone to know that she doesn’t need to find her completion in a relationship with someone else. She also seems to be suggesting that her listeners (particularly female ones) need to hold similar standards for themselves.

Chorus

She continues, “If I was you, I’d wanna be me too / I’d wanna be me too / I’d wanna be me too.” This is where the body-positive/”self-positive” message disappears, and we get a glimpse at (for lack of a better term) a chest-thumping, “come-at-me-bro” song describing her own satisfaction with herself.

This tactic serves two purposes. First, Trainor is celebrating her own success. Second, she seems, through example, to be encouraging her listeners to adopt similar attitudes–to be so happy with who they are that they begin to think that others want to be like them. She wants them to stop wanting to be someone else and to embrace themselves.

Second Verse

In the second verse, Trainor sings, “I walk in like a dime piece.” Urban Dictionary defines “dime piece” as “a girl [who] is bangin’, hot, beautiful, ‘A perfect ten.'” 

She continues, “I go straight to VIP / I never pay for my drinks / My entourage behind me.” This portion of the song is a little bit more mysterious in its intention since Trainor’s audience will likely not be able to empathize with her accomplishments. Either she’s fine with simply bragging for a little while, or she’s trying to brag about who she is so that her audience will have an example to follow as they look for the good in their lives.

She continues, “My life’s a movie, Tom Cruise / So bless me, baby, achoo / And even if they tried to / They can’t do it like I do.” Here she continues her celebration and takes pride in her life and the status she’s achieved, something that may actually be a significant show of self-love–another attitude that Trainor is well known for.

Summary

Meghan Trainor’s “Me Too” is her taking an opportunity to explain how much she loves herself and how happy she is with her own accomplishments. Trainor certainly has accomplished a lot, and she has a right to be proud, so maybe this song is overdue. It doesn’t seem to have the same depth or audience-focus that her other hits (“All about That Bass” and “No”) have had, but the song is still catchy and interesting, and it contains several ideas that insecure and timid members of her audience need to hear.

Please share your thoughts about this song. Did you like it? Did it seem to be more about bragging or encouraging self-love in others? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Clifford Stumme has his master’s in English literature and is a blogger and a college instructor/center-director at Liberty University. He likes juggling and reading/writing, and he is married to the wonderful and beautiful Wife April. He thinks pop music is awesome. Seriously awesome.

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  • Rani

    I think that there’s nothing wrong with celebrating your success while encouraging others at the same time. And even if there is a little bragging in there, c’mon. Her songs have gotten all kinds of awards, and she’s gotten a grammy: she kinda does have bragging rights for that. XD

    • It’s true. I just think it’s weird to hear this stuff next to all of her “be-positive” and “don’t compare yourself to others” messages. Seems dissonant.

  • Colleen

    I’m disappointed most definitely! My children loved her music and so did I! I thought finally someone who sings self confidence! I was proud of her! Not any more. This is not the kind of confidence I am teaching my children. Don’t use the words” thanking God every day” and then say “you don’t need anyone else”. You wouldn’t be where you are without God or all of us! There are plenty of other words that you could have thrown together to build a better image of self confidence! You have done it before. Yes, you have a great life now. You should be happy and thankful for it. You certainly don’t have to rub it in all our faces, the ones who made you a star! How about a song thanking God and everyone for seeing someone who would make a positive impact in this messy place called USA. I guess we were wrong, you became a stereotypical famous person. Now don’t get me wrong, not all famous people are full of themselves. You are heading down that track with this horrible, but yes, catchy song. I love the beat, but hate the words! Please fix the message your sending and reassure us that we didn’t make a mistake with you!

    • Interesting take. Why else do you think this song is such a problem?

  • Penny

    I heard it today for the first time, and am not impressed. It’s another insipid pop track and a voice helped along by Autotune, at least in the chorus. Body positivity is a good message. Bragging about all the sycophants trailing behind you and buying you your drinks is just snobby. And why does it have to be all about looking good? Can’t women and girls EVER be happy to be smart, talented, kind, and Godly? This is the same old thing and no one will remember this copycat in a few years.

    • Yeah, I’m with you on some of that. It sounds fun to me–I like the music–but the lyrics do nothing to inspire or entertain me.

  • Shiven

    I see why you would say that! But I feel what she is trying to say is..often girls (esp.) have this complex to have someone as companion in life to be complete or claim ‘totally happy’. So all she said is..you don’t need anyone else in that regards. Of course she seems to be thankful to God.. If we just try to get the person’s intent..it seems really not negative. And it is okay to brag a little bit, she is not in anyone’s face per se!
    I hope you’ll see the lyrics in new light. Just a thought!

  • Shiven

    In general, I totally adore this woman! She really has the courage to come up with songs like Áll about the bass’ and if you watch careful, she ain’t size zero. She walks the talk 😉 I love her! I am happy for her!

  • Lynne

    I like the beat but do not like the overall message I get from it. To me it sounds like she is saying “Look at me, I don’t blame you for being jealous. I would want to be me too.” I don’t want my daughters to be jealous of anyone else. I want them to be happy with who they are. If that is the message she is trying to convey, it did not come across to me that way.

    • That’s a super good point I hadn’t even thought of. She’s all about self-empowerment, but this song is a complete slap in the face to what she’s said before.

  • Lisa Magic

    I think Megan has taken it a bit too far. First she was talking All About That Base and she went as far as to shaming skinny people and calling them skinny b words. She also sends a message that boys only like girls who have “a little more booty” when she says “boys like a little more booty to hold the night” she also calls skinny people “stick figures” “fake” and “plastic” (which are untrue) and now she is saying “if I were you I’d wanna be me too”. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with being confident. But, you should not have to brag to be confident. Even my mom said she did not like what Megan Trainor. I love that Trainor is confident but she doesn’t need to brag. That either shows girls to go envy others or to say to others “I know your jealous. Well, come on and take a picture. Wanna be me? Too bad!” Do parents really want their kids to act like that?

    • It’s a super good point, and you may be saying better what I was trying to say above.

  • Jayson

    At first glance it sounds like just another rap-like song about self promotion. However, i think Megan is smarter than that and instead it is meant to be a tongue in cheek parody of such. I mean, Megan’s portrayal of herself as an obnoxious narcissist is over the top, and the song lyrics are contradictory. She says she doesnt need anyone else but she is surrounded by people at all times. Im going to give her the benefit of the doubt and say that she intends for us to see the irony and to see how this much “self-love” is just ridiculous.

    • Oh, dang. I hate satire. It’s so tricky, and I’m bad at getting sarcasm. 😛 You may be right.

  • KJO

    Losers will NEVER get this song! And that’s what it’s about! Haha!! Get it?! Oh…still no…….?? ROFLMAO!

  • cheryl

    I agree with this assessment. If I hadn’t seen the video, I might have thought that she was being a little too arrogant. But when you sing in your jammies and come out wearing that costume, it’s hard to think she’s not just having some fun. I think she is sending another of her “love yourself” messages that she is known for – everyone should just be happy with themselves. As a Christian, I know that my self worth is rooted in Christ, but you can’t expect that from a secular artist. So I don’t fault her for this catchy diddy that I don’t see as overkill.