Unintentionally (?) Deep Kidz Bop Lyric Changes

Working in an environment with children has taught me that:

a) Kidz Bop still exists and

b) some of the lyrics get a major makeover–beyond just taking out curse words and sexual references.

Most of these are pretty straightforward (but still sometimes hilarious) switches to describe more kid-friendly behaviors. (One of my favorites is “Fill my cup, put some liquor water in it.” This crazy uptown party doesn’t even do juice or soda–they’re all about straight-up, unmixed hydration.)

But some of the more perplexing edits have turned pop lines either very confusing or–if you look at them the right way (and squint a little)–pretty deep:

“When the sun goes down, i hope you raise your cup it up.” 

Either this song is about wishing people superpowers to move stars, or it’s about resisting the passage of time. And aging. And death. Of course, you can’t really stop the sun from setting, so all these hopes and efforts for eternal youth are futile.

Speaking of futile struggles . . .

“I keep going to the river to pray. ‘Cause I need something that can wash out the pain all the rain.”

No struggle is more futile than trying to wash rain–everything just becomes more wet. She believes that her prayers will bring an end to her problems, but in fact, they can only add to them.

“Will your mouth still remember the taste look of my love?”

This might be some poetic synesthesia, in which love blurs all logical boundaries between senses. Or maybe what her mouth “remembers” refers to what she continues to speak about. Because maybe beautiful love that goes unspoken is as good as forgotten. (After all, there’s a reason why he’s “thinking out loud.“)

“The bed’s world’s getting cold and you’re not here. The future that we hold is so unclear.”

Is it just me, or did that line just get a whole lot darker and slightly apocalyptic?


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