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Maroon 5: Payphone Meaning

Tagged: Sex [suggest]

Song Released: 2012

Payphone Lyrics

I'm at a payphone trying to call home
All of my change i've spent on you
Where Have the times gone baby
It's all wrong, where are the plans we made for two

Yeah, I, I know it's hard to remember
The people we used to be
It's even harder to...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    May 21st 2012 report

    This song is trying to convey the message that no matter how hard he tried to make this relationship work, it failed because his girl didn't care about him. He's at a payphone trying to remember the good times he had in the relationship but as it has gotten worse and worse he gets increasingly frustrated. He can never reach her on the payphone because he can't remember the good times, only the bad.

    Despite being miserable, he can't seem to end the relationship because he still loves her in little ways and he's afraid of being alone.
    He wishes to be back in the past when the relationship was good and he was happy, but he knows this will never happen.


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    Oct 3rd 2021 report

    He did everything, in fact risk his life for a girl who played him. He took a crime which involved his girlfriend upon himself just to show how much he cares about her, in return his girlfriend showed no care nor empathy while he was on the run for the crime he didn't commit all in the name of love.

    While on the run he called her regularly and tried making her remember all the good times they had. In spite of his moon and green light she cares less to see how great his love was for her.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    May 24th 2013 report

    The Payphone is a metaphor.
    In the first chorus, it is saying that he is calling home all the change he spent on that girl- the change is his time, and he has spent and valued all of his time with her,but now those times were gone, and he wants them back home, with him. He misses their valued time together and wants to bring it back. Hes asking the rhetorical question, "where are those times and plans that they made?".

    Yeah, I, 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"

    This stanza is basically explaining the fact that they are not together or with each other anymore, and it feels like now that everything is different it's almost impossible to go back.

    "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"

    They keep pushing off their time, and while that was happening, they were drifting apart and the bridges burnt down, and they fell away.

    "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..."

    All good things come to an end, and the sun is setting in their own paradise, meaning there is going to be a new daylight, a new times, (just likek the song daylight), and they feel like the time has been wasted.

  4. anonymous
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    Jun 19th report

    Payphone is all about a failed relationship. It tries to imply that even if he persevered for their relationship of his girl, it just wasn't enough thus making their relationship into a failure. I obviously would not want to explain the whole lyrics of the song, but here's an explantion about its chorus:

    1. "I'm at a payphone trying to call home"
    -This line explains that a man is at a payphone trying to recall the beautiful memories he had with his partner. But instead of it being beautiful, it was rather miserable and that what makes him sad.

    2. "All of my change I spent on you"
    -This line implies about the man's efforts in keeping their relationship afloat but unfortunately failed due to an unexpected circumstance (such as an argument, insecurities, etc.)

    3. "Where have the times gone? Baby, it's all wrong"
    -This line shows the man's "frustration" about why their relationship still couldn't keep up despite all his efforts. At this point, he feels miserable already.

    4. "Where are the plans we made for two?"
    -This line contemplates the man questioning their plans that they made during their relationship such as marriage, having kids, or enjoying life with him/her.

    5. "If 'happy ever after' did exist, I would still be holding you like this"
    -This line explains the man's thinking of a fantasy of their relationship being successful and thus leading it to their best quality of life. I think that this is his way of coping his heartache after their relationship failed, or maybe I'm just dumb at understanding it. Who knows?

    6. "All those fairytales are full of sh*t"
    -This is the part that I'm not sure about. Maybe he doesn't care of other people's interpretation of their relationship and only cares of his own? I'm not really sure...

    7. "One more f**king love song I'll be sick"
    -This line shows that the man just had enough of it and anything that is related to love (such as a love song) just wouldn't help him to move on and just makes him to remember his girl miserably.

    Note: This is just my understanding about this song so take this with a grain of salt. We all have other interpretations of this song and that what makes this song meaningful. <3

  5. anonymous
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    Feb 13th report

    I think he is at the payphone calling home since he is now homeless. As he lived with his girlfriend before this. And the other parts of the lyrics basically about him can't believe that the relationship once in good shape is now ruined. Hence, he now hates all the fairytales and love song. Sad for him, the plans they made for both of them now becoming dreams.

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  6. anonymous
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    Oct 19th 2021 report

    It about a guy who fantasies a girl. he is too coward to talk to her, and the vid proceed to show how them vs the world, it was all a fantasy.

  7. anonymous
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    May 30th 2021 report

    This song is about shrek and his tough time building a relationship with fionas father. Shrek tries his best to get along with fionas father but feels as though he is being judged and discriminated because he is an ogre, fionas father has already built an assumption on shrek just because he is an ogre and let other peoples opionions infiltrate his judgement of shrek.

  8. anonymous
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    Nov 6th 2019 report

    It means thats his heart is really broken because of a girl he loved dearly.

  9. anonymous
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    Mar 21st 2018 report

    He did what it takes to make this relationship work but it was only a sound gong... lol

  10. anonymous
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    Sep 27th 2017 report

    He loved her. And she loved him. But it was wrong the whole time.

  11. Inna Fan
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    Jan 14th 2017 report

    "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..."
    Basically, he wasted his time sleeping with her, and having a relationship or whatever it was. He's sort of shocked; paralyzed. He can't get over what they had.

  12. anonymous
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    Sep 18th 2014 report

    I think he's using the payphone because he's calling from jail. They got in a major fight and he finds himself in jail over it.

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  13. anonymous
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    Apr 24th 2014 report

    This song is about a man who fell for a Borderline Personality Disordered female. It is pretty straight forward.

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  14. anonymous
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    Apr 22nd 2014 report

    He's trying to call his baby to make sure she's okay. Now he's lost and about leave his girlfriend/wife with the plan.

  15. anonymous
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    Mar 31st 2014 report

    You're a freakin multi-millionaire and you're using a pay phone? Can you even find a pay phone any more?

    You haven't paid attention to the relationship like you should have, and now you've taken to whinging about "Happy ever after" and have discovered... (news flash) "Fairy Tales are full of it".

    Give us all a break, and pay someone who can write lyrics that aren't utter non-sensical rubbish to go with your catchy tunes for a change.

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  16. anonymous
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    Jan 22nd 2013 report

    he was with this girl he loved and everything was going well. She then decided to cheat on him unleashing unbelievable carnage in both their lives and none of it made any sense. The metaphor is the ridiculous developments caused by her self indulgent thoughtless actions. He steals a gun from hard core criminals to try to escape from the horror and loneliness he is experiencing and then the cops are after him. everything is out of control all caused by the person whom he gave his heart and soul to selling out for some sex.

  17. anonymous
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    Jun 29th 2012 report

    I still Don't Understand Because people have been saying that he is trying to call her and she isnt picking up but she did thats how the song started and why is he blaming her because she didnt do anything he told her to stay back

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