Payphone

Where have the times gone? Baby, it’s all wrong. Where are the plans we made for two? If “Happy Ever After” did exist, I would still be holding you like this. All those fairy tales are full of shit. One more fucking love song, I'll be sick.” –Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa, Payphone


Sebagai lead single dari studio album keempatnya, “Overexposed”, grup band Maroon 5 merilis lagu bertajuk “Payphone” pada tanggal 17 April 2012. Album keempat mereka dirilis kemudian pada tanggal 26 Juni 2012. “Payphone” ditulis dan diaransemen oleh Adam Levine, Benjamin Levin, Ammar Malik, Dan Omelio, Shellback, dan Cameron Thomaz, serta diproduseri oleh Shellback dan Benny Blanco. Lagu ini menampilkan rapper Wiz Khalifa sebagai rekan kolaborasi. Sebuah music video (MV) dari “Payphone” ditayangkan secara perdana pada tanggal 10 Mei 2012. MV ini disutradarai oleh Samuel Bayer dan dibintangi oleh model Bregje Heinen. MV “Payphone” berupa mini action drama dan memperoleh nominasi dalam ajang MTV Video Music Awards untuk kategori Best Pop Video.
This song explores the way a relationship used to be and the way they no longer are. “I know it’s hard to remember, the people we used to be. It’s even harder to picture, that you’re not here next to me You say it’s too late to make it, but is it too late to try? And in our time that you wasted, all of our bridges burned down.” Cinta adalah jembatan dalam hubungan dua orang. Ketika jembatan itu telah runtuh, maka tak ada yang tersisa diantara mereka, selain puing-puing kenangan. “I’ve wasted my nights, you turned out the lights. Now I’m paralyzed, still stuck in that time when we called it love, but even the sun sets in paradise.” Sebuah jembatan tidak akan berhasil dibangun dengan kokoh apabila hanya satu pihak saja yang berjuang. Indeed, it takes two to tango. Lirik lagu ini menggambarkan hancurnya sebuah hubungan karena satu pihak yang terus berusaha bertahan, sementara pihak lainnya justru tidak ambil peduli. In the end, there’s no such a ‘happy ever after’ for both of them.

“Payphone” adalah lagu pop rock ballad mid-tempo. Untuk kesekian kalinya, Maroon 5 sukses meramu lirik-lirik penuh kegalauan dalam sebuah lagu pop upbeat yang casual. Lagu ini memperoleh tanggapan positif dari para kritikus musik dunia, namun banyak yang mencatat bahwa bagian rap Wiz Khalifa justru mengurangi esensi dari lagu tersebut. Bill Lamb dari About.com memuji “full band arrangement on second and third choruses”, “Adam Levine’s soulful vocals” dan “melodic pop feel”, tetapi mempertanyakan bagian rap Wiz Khalifa dengan menyebutnya “unnecessary”. Banyak yang menilai bahwa lagu ini adalah ungkapan Levine dari hati yang paling dalam paska putusnya ia dengan sang mantan pacar, Anne Vyalitsyna.

You turned your back on tomorrow, ‘cause you forgot yesterday. I gave you my love to borrow, but you just gave it away. You can’t expect me to be fine, I don’t expect you to care. I know I’ve said it before, but all of our bridges burned down.” –Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa, Payphone


* Ditulis sambil mendengarkan lagu “Payphone” oleh Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa.

“I’m at a payphone trying to call home
All of my change I spent on you
Where have the times gone? Baby it’s all wrong
Where are the plans we made for two?

I know it’s hard to remember, the people we used to be
It’s even harder to picture, that you’re not here next to me
You say it’s too late to make it, but is it too late to try?
And in our time that you wasted, all of our bridges burned down

I’ve wasted my nights, you turned out the lights
Now I’m paralyzed, still stuck in that time
When we called it love, but even the sun sets in paradise

I’m at a payphone trying to call home
All of my change I spent on you
Where have the times gone? Baby it’s all wrong
Where are the plans we made for two?
If “Happy Ever After” did exist, I would still be holding you like this
[Video:] All those fairy tales are full of shit
[Album:] All those fairy tales are full of it
[Video:] One more fucking love song, I'll be sick
[Album:] One more stupid love song, I'll be sick

You turned your back on tomorrow, ‘cause you forgot yesterday
I gave you my love to borrow, but you just gave it away
You can’t expect me to be fine, I don’t expect you to care
I know I’ve said it before, but all of our bridges burned down

[Clean radio version verse:]
Now baby don’t hang up, so I can tell you what you need to know
Baby I’m begging you just please don’t go, so I can tell you what you need to know

[Explicit version verse (Wiz Khalifa):]
Man, fuck that shit, I’ll be out spending all this money
While you’re sitting round wondering
Why it wasn’t you who came up from nothing
Made it from the bottom, now when you see me I’m stunning
And all of my cars start with a push of a button
Telling me the chances I blew up or whatever you call it
Switch the number to my phone so you never could call it
Don’t need my name on my shirt you can tell it I’m balling
Swish, what a shame could have got picked
Had a really good game but you missed your last shot
So you talk about who you see at the top
Or what you could have saw but sad to say it’s over for
Phantom pulled up valet open doors
Wiz like go away, got what you was looking for
Now it’s me who they want, so you can go and take
That little piece of shit with you”

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