Song of the Day #1,620: ‘Payphone’ – Maroon 5

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At first I didn’t get Maroon 5’s ‘Payphone.’ The hook didn’t stick with me after a listen or two and I wasn’t sure why it was turning into such a big hit.

But at some point it dug in and I realized that it’s a true beast of a song. And then it became ubiquitous and almost fell out of favor before I got around to making this list.

But ultimately it deserves a spot here, even if it’s a lesser achievement than ‘Moves Like Jagger,’ a song I feel has much more staying power.

I do wish the trend of rap breaks in pop hits would end, though. Do I really need to hear from Wiz Khalifa in the middle of this track? What purpose does that serve other than to sell records?

On another note, this is the first time I’ve seen the video for ‘Payphone’ and it’s quite bizarre. Adam Levine plays a seemingly mild-mannered bank employee who escapes during a robbery (in part to impress a beautiful co-worker) and then goes on a random crime spree. I don’t get it.

[Intro]
I’m at a payphone trying to call home
All of my change, I spent on you
Where have the times gone
Baby, it’s all wrong, where are the plans we made for two

[Verse 1: Adam Levine]
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
You say it’s too late to make it
But is it too late to try?
And in that time that you wasted
All of our bridges burnt down

[Pre-Hook]
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

[Hook]
I’m at a payphone trying to call home
All of my change I spent on you
Where have the times gone? Baby, it’s all wrong
Where are the plans we made for two?
If happy ever after did exist
I would still be holding you like this
All those fairytales are full of shit
One more fucking love song, I’ll be sick

[Verse 2: Adam Levine]
You turned your back on tomorrow
Cause you forgot yesterday
I gave you my love to borrow
But you just gave it away
You can’t expect me to be fine
I don’t expect you to care
I know I said it before
But all of our bridges burnt down

[Pre-Hook]

[Hook]

[Hook Outro]
Now, I’m at a payphone

[Verse 3: Wiz Khalifa]
Man, fuck that shit
I’ll be out spending all this money
While you sitting around wondering
Why it wasn’t you who came up from nothing
Made it from the bottom
Now when you see me I’m stuntin’
And all of my cars start with the push of a button
Telling me I changed since I blew up or whatever you call it
Switched the number to my phone so you never could call it
Don’t need my name on my shirt, you can tell that I’m ballin’
Swish, what a shame, coulda got picked
Had a really good game but you missed your last shot
So you talk about who you see at the top
Or what you could’ve saw
But sad to say it’s over for
Phantom pull up, valet open doors
Wiz like go away, got what you was looking for
Now it’s me who they want
So you can go take that little piece of shit with you

[Hook]

[Hook Outro]

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,620: ‘Payphone’ – Maroon 5

  1. Dana says:

    Well, I’ll let Amy rave about today’s song as it gets under her skin like few others.

    Totally agree about the ubiquitous and unnecessary rap break. Thankfully, the clean version of the song that received the radio play eliminated the rap and put in a far more appropriate bridge.

    As for the video, I guess Adam just wanted to be in a high budget shoot out car chase explosives video that had nothing to do with the songšŸ˜„

  2. Amy says:

    Didn’t get it?! Perhaps not the video, but the song!?!? As Dana says, few songs have so gotten under my skin. I could listen to it – with or without the rap break – again and again and again.

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