What does Birthday Party mean?

AJR: Birthday Party Meaning

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Album cover for Birthday Party album cover

Song Released: 2019

Birthday Party Lyrics

This hospital's got lots of crying kids
A minute ago, I did not exist
It's nice to finally meet my relatives
I bet it's always gonna stay this fun
I bet it's easy staying 'way from drugs
I bet our parents always stay in love
Always stay in...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jul 31st 2019 !⃝

    Birthday Party, in my opinion, is about the lose of childish innocence and bliss. The AJR brothers have posted on their social media that people need to stop telling them to stay away from politics, likely specifically referring to Birthday Party and the Neotheater album as a whole. Lyrics like “I bet my country’s nice to immigrants”, “I bet I’ll live to see a female president”, and “I hope my ignorance is alway bliss, ‘cept ignoring pigment in our skin” clearly refer to immigration policies, sexism, and racism. As the narrator loses their childhood, along with it, their blissful ignorance also disappears. As the song gets near to the end, Jack, the singer, seems increasingly sarcastic, especially on the last line: “Yeah, I can tell this life will be a cinch. And that’s just how it is.” AJR often focuses on growing up, but this is definitely their most in-depth politically song on the topic.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Mar 27th 2020 !⃝

    AJR's interpretation of how the world seems to kids. Children see people as equals, and its only the influence of the world and their bringing up that makes these inequalities reality.

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    Jan 19th 2020 !⃝

    It is that he is a newborn and talking about how 'great' his future's gonna be

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  4. anonymous
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    Apr 27th 2019 !⃝

    The narrator is a newborn baby whom talks about his future life and eventual death. At his birth, it is his first birthday party.

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