Happy Monday, LemonWire readers. Once again, we’re back with another list of songs to help get you through the week.
Over the past several weeks, we’ve been grouping together songs that share one or more defining traits. Last week, for example, in honor of Memorial Day, we looked at songs containing themes of war and peace.
Now that the month of June is upon us, however, it seems appropriate to brighten up our list this week. To that end, we’ll be looking at songs fit for any summer playlist. The sun’s out, the weather is warm, and we’re bringing good vibes to go along with the season.
The first song we’ll be looking at this week is “Up All Night”, by Beck.
Up All Night
“Up All Night” is the third released single from Beck’s 2017 album “Colors”. Before its official release, it was included in the soundtrack for the video game FIFA 17. On its release, “Up All Night”peaked at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Alternative Songs airplay chart. The music video, featuring Solene Rigot and Pedro Attemborough, was nominated for Best Music Video at the 2018 Grammy Awards.
Overall, “Up All Night” is a feel good song that’s perfect for putting on a playlist while you make a long drive with friends to the beach. But don’t take my word for it. Next, we’ll take a look at the lyrics to “Up All Night”.
As always, let’s start with the first verse to lay down the context for the song. While we’ll see that “Up All Night” sticks with an upbeat arrangement, it’s not just a song about good times. Rather, it’s a song about creating good times after being stuck in a slump.
“When you get the rhythm and words all make you cold
When they break it down and this world is all you know
Hands up, you’re working it ’round
Now get yourself together
When you count the dominos fall, it’s time to go”
From the very first line, you might not get the impression that “Up All Night” is a great summer song. But it’s just setting up a contrast that will carry throughout the song. Now let’s take a look at the pre-chorus section, where we get a direct reference to our favorite season.
“Now I’m feeling so far away
I see the colors and all the kids going home
Night is crawling into the day
I hear my voice ringing
The summertime’s singing”
The placement of the final line of the pre-chorus is telling, as the chorus simply repeats the phrase, “Just want to stay up all night with you”. This allows for a few different interpretations. We could assume that the summertime is calling out to Beck, inviting him to stay out all night and enjoy the season. Or, maybe Beck switches voices in the chorus, and he’s addressing some unnamed “you”, which could refer to a significant other, or the same “you” being addressed in the verse.
The chorus extends to what I guess we could call the post-chorus section, in which we don’t get a whole lot more lyrically speaking, except a simple message.
“I’ll keep it moving
Don’t wait for nothing now
Gotta keep it moving
Don’t wait for nothing now
I’ll keep it moving
Don’t wait, don’t wait for nothing now”
If anything, “Up All Night” is less about the summertime specifically, as it is about the spirit of the season. It’s a season of movement, and symbolically, a season of thriving life. And, if he’s trying to give his listeners a message, it’s to not stop moving forward, even when life gets so hard that you want to quit, when you’re at the point where you can’t imagine taking part in any kind of simple joy.
Long story short, if you’re looking for the perfect song to help shake off any lingering winter stiffness, look no further. “Up All Night” is a fun, upbeat summer jam that’s sure to get you in the mood to start moving. It’s also a great song for couples to listen to while they stare dreamily into one another’s eyes all night.
Well, that about does it for our first song of the summer this week. Tomorrow, we’ll be back with another breezy summer tune to usher in sunshine and good vibes.