What Do You Mean? - Justin Bieber



The Experience: Don't know if you're happy or complaining. Don't want for us to end. Where do I start... But how many of us will be able to support another's weight through all of life's ups and downs?



Music video: The lyric video follows skaters Ryan Sheckler and Chelsea Castro around town on their wheels, underlining the freedom of having someone at your side who can follow your every move, and keep pace with every daredevil attempt. There are risks, but you take them together. The music video follows Justin Bieber and his current muse Xenia Deli as Justin fakes a kidnapping to earn her love. The idea that a relationship needs more bonding than sex can provide is refreshing, but gets lost along the way: they spend two minutes of the five minute video cavorting in bed with neon lighting that makes Xenia's apartment look more like a brothel than a home, and with a sign outside advertising adult movies. Aside from the fake kidnapping, there is very little connection to the uncertain lyrics of the song itself.

The Meaning of What Do You Mean?: Justin Bieber explores the turning point in any relationship: mutual understanding. You can't love someone you don't understand. You can't give your entire life to someone you don't truly know. You can only take risks for a person you truly love. What Do You Mean? doesn't offer any answers. But it does underline an important question.

Ask yourself: Do you know the person you say you love?

Album: Purpose

LYRICS:

What do you mean?
Ohh ohh ohh
When you nod your head yes
But you wanna say no
What do you mean?
Hey yeah
When you don't want me to move
But you tell me to go
What do you mean?
Ohh
What do you mean?
Said we're running out of time
What do you mean?
Ohh ohh ohh
What do you mean?
Better make up your mind
What do you mean?

You're so indecisive of what I'm saying
Trying to catch the beat, make up your heart
Don't know if you're happy or complaining
Don't want for us to end
Where do I start
First you wanna go to the left and you want to turn right
Wanna argue all day, make love all night
First you up then you're down and between
Ohh I really want to know...

What do you mean?
Ohh ohh ohh
When you nod your head yes
But you wanna say no
What do you mean?
Hey yeah
When you don't want me to move
But you tell me to go
What do you mean?
Ohh
What do you mean?
Said we're running out of time
What do you mean?
Ohh ohh ohh
What do you mean?
Better make up your mind
What do you mean?

You're overprotective when I'm leaving
Trying to compromise but I can't win
You wanna make a point but you keep preaching
You had me from the start, won't let this end
First you wanna go to the left then you want to turn right
Wanna argue all day, make love all night
First you're up then you're down then between
Ohh I really wanna know...

What do you mean?
Ohh ohh ohh
When you nod your head yes
But you wanna say no
What do you mean?
Hey yeah
When you don't want me to move
But you tell me to go
What do you mean?

I want to know...
Oh
What do you mean?
Ohhh
Said we're running out of time
What do you mean?
(Oh baby)
Ohh ohh ohh
What do you mean?
Better make up your mind
What do you mean?
Ohh ohh ohh
When you nod your head yes
But you wanna say no
What do you mean?
(I'm so confused baby)
Hey yeah
When you don't want me to move
But you tell me to go
What do you mean?
(A bit more straightforward)
Ohh
What do you mean?
Said we're running out of time
What do you mean?
Ohh ohh ohh
What do you mean?
Better make up your mind
What do you mean?

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