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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.