What does Life of the Party mean?

Shawn Mendes: Life of the Party Meaning

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Song Released: 2014

Life of the Party Lyrics

I love it when you just don't care
I love it when you dance like there's nobody there
So when it gets hard don't be afraid
We don't care what them people say
I love it when you don't take no
I love it when you do what you want cause you just...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jan 23rd 2017 !⃝

    I think the song is basically about loving who you are and being okay with that. When your out in public don't be afraid to be yourself and don't care about what other people are going to say about you. Always be yourself no matter what the world thinks :) Such an inspirational song and it makes me feel happy everytime I listen to it


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    Apr 28th 2017 !⃝

    Basically this song is about being yourself. He's saying that everyone in this world is different and that's okay, that no one should take shame in being the individual they are, they should embrace it, and strive to continue to be yourself no matter the circumstance. He's encouraging all of the shy and self conscious people to come out of they're shell a little bit and push to show how great they can really be. Not everyones going to have a soulmate/otherhalf. So at the end of the day just we are all different, were all under the same sky, and we all love each other.


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    Nov 16th 2014 !⃝

    "The song is basically about loving who you are as an individual," he said. "Lots of teenagers and people have trouble figuring out who they want to be, and we go through this stage where you feel like you don't really belong, like quite uncomfortable. 'Life Of The Party' is just saying, 'Don't freak out if you feel like you're different, love who you are'.

  4. anonymous
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    Nov 29th 2023 !⃝

    I think its adout being your self and the part where is says "come out tonight there's no one standing in your way"is adout coming out and saying that your proud of yourself

  5. anonymous
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    Jan 19th 2021 !⃝

    I think it means that you shouldn´t have to worry about others . Shawn sounds like hes encouraging to be yourself.

  6. anonymous
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    Jun 7th 2020 !⃝

    Whenever I hear this song I imagine a boy and a girl in love,but the girl is bit scary,embarresed.And she hide her feelings,her self from others.She care a lot about what others think.The singer(boy who loves her)telling her to show her self,just don't worry about what others think, just follow your heart and live your life for your self.

  7. anonymous
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    Jun 16th 2019 !⃝

    In my opinion this song is about teenagers going into adulthood. Don't be scared to take risks and make your best mistakes because these mistakes will help you grow as a persons. Make the most of your youth days and don't always be a closeted person and live your life

  8. anonymous
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    Oct 22nd 2018 !⃝

    Shawn said this song is telling people that it's okay to be yourself and that every "flaw" is special and is a part of you and it's okay to be who you were born to be and to be confident, to come outside and be the life of the party and don't be afraid to show yourself and not care about what others think of you because you're beautiful.

  9. anonymous
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    Jul 27th 2018 !⃝

    To me this song is really about unconditional love.

    Every time i hear it, i imagine a relationship between a guy and his girlfriend, but this girl battles with depression and anxiety in her life.

    The girl has a big amazing heart, loves to dance, loves music, truly wants to be all she can be and genuinely cares about people, but she also has this "weight" on her from her mental illness.

    There are the good days when she can let loose and "dance like nobody's there" where she's feeling good, the anxiety and depression are far away, (like when they freeze you at the dentist...you know the pain is still there but you cant really feel it)...its a sunny day, a good day

    ...but there are also the hard days, when the depression weighs her down and the clouds come out, and it triggers her anxiety...this shadow of doubt, fear and paranoia starts to creep in...provoking physical symptoms (facial expressions, body language) that can sometimes be perceived by other people, and unfortunately can make those people feel off-put.

    Those off-put responses, (no matter how minute)...are immediately picked up by the girl as weird vibes, and then amplified in severity due to the anxiety, and just like that...it can feel like the whole world is against you, and all you can feel is this heavy irrational sense of failure...

    However, the boyfriend is there with her, he knows her, knows her heart and understands her struggles and feelings even if he doesn't struggle with depression himself. He made a choice a long time ago to love and support his girl (ALL of her)

    So he walks her through her struggles, empathizing with her, saying words of support during the chorus of the song as if to say something like...

    "Awe babe, i can see your having a hard time right now, i cant even imagine how you must be feeling...Don't worry about them though, they don't understand what its like and honestly that's okay, bcc how could they...don't worry about "normal" bcc everyone's got something...i know how easy it is for you to be hard on yourself...and how in moments like this you can feel so alone...you don't have to be ashamed or sorry for those feelings, its not your fault. Your a beautiful, amazing, kinda, caring, genuine, talented person with a good heart! You have inconceivable value and worth, and you are worthy of those things...and when it gets hard? ill always be here for you, because even when you feel like your alone, your not...so just do the best you can each day, whatever that best may mean...and in that? you will always be the life of the party to me"

  10. anonymous
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    Mar 3rd 2018 !⃝

    I've heard this song numerous times and I quite understand the lyrics.

    It's about that when you're teenager, you feel insecure and not good enough for anybody. Depression and anxiety surrounds you. But, you know that you can do it. You must know that you're worth it. Life is short don't spend a lifetime thinking negatively. Instead, live life to the fullest. There's this one lyric where he said

    "take your shot it might be scary, hearts are gonna break"

    I think it means that you must accept who you are and stay confident even if it's hard. So I hope this helps :D

  11. anonymous
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    Feb 27th 2018 !⃝

    Being who you are and not caring about what others think just be yourself no matter what
    (many different meanings) so come out don't hide yourself.

  12. anonymous
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    Feb 2nd 2018 !⃝

    As a teenager, there are times where we don't feel like we fit in and anxiety surrounds us. But we must accept who we are and don't care about what people talk about you behind your back. We all should live the life of the party. Be the inspiration. Rise like a star

  13. anonymous
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    Nov 12th 2016 !⃝

    I believe this song is about a same-sex relationship and the difficulties that go along with it. Shawn seems to be reassuring his lover that even though "it might be scary" and "hearts are gonna break", they have each other and they have nothing to apologize for.

  14. singerstargirl
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    Aug 25th 2016 !⃝

    This one is about going after what you want. "Take your shot, it might be scary" means that even if it is terrifying to get involved with someone, life is about not regretting anything. It's better to try and not succeed than never try in the first place.

  15. anonymous
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    Apr 28th 2016 !⃝

    love yourself!

  16. anonymous
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    Apr 20th 2016 !⃝

    This song isn't about Shawn coming out, its about loving who you are, don't try to be one of those stereotypical people, because normal's boring. If the whole world becomes something where everyone is this stereotypical being, our whole world is gonna be really boring. Love who you are, don't care what people say, and if it means you are going to out yourself as lesbian,gay, bi, or trans, don't hold back because you're afraid what people say or think. Just be you and love yourself for who you are is what this song is saying.

  17. anonymous
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    Jan 9th 2016 !⃝

    "Come out tonight come out tonight, there's no one standing in your way, .... We don't care what them people say." this makes me think this song is related to Shawn telling himself to come out, as in being gay. I've been assuming he was for a while now, this gives me some more vibes that he is.

  18. anonymous
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    Oct 22nd 2015 !⃝

    Depending on the context or the perspective of the individual. But this pretty much gives a clear explanation, even though it may break people's heart to be who you really instead of being something that's false, you become to accept the terms that being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender. Even though being the life of the party or society is hard due to bad judgment of individuals like them. And not to mention he even included himself in the verse as if he vividly is feeling the same way about himself, and he loves the fact that those individuals can be themselves even if they watch them and speculate their motives and behavior he knows that there is something raw and real.....LOVE WILL ALWAYS WIN

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