Song of the Day #2,899: ‘I Took a Pill in Ibiza (SeeB Remix)’ – Mike Posner

mike_posner_pill_ibizaThe song at #7 this week, Mike Posner’s ‘I Took a Pill in Ibiza,’ is a good example of what I was writing about just yesterday.

Here’s a track that started its life as a slow, acoustic ballad about the loneliness of fame. But it didn’t hit the Top Ten in that form. It took the EDM producing team SeeB speeding it up and laying it over a beat to pull that off.

They wound up with two very good songs, to be honest. I prefer the original, slower version because it better matches the mournfulness of the lyrics, but the SeeB version certainly has its charms.

[Verse 1]
I took a pill in Ibiza
To show Avicii I was cool
And when I finally got sober, felt 10 years older
But fuck it, it was something to do
I’m living out in LA
I drive a sports car just to prove
I’m a real big baller cause I made a million dollars
And I spend it on girls and shoes

[Chorus]
But you don’t wanna be high like me
Never really knowing why like me
You don’t ever wanna step off that roller coaster
And be all alone
You don’t wanna ride the bus like this
Never knowing who to trust like this
You don’t wanna be stuck up on that stage singing
Stuck up on that stage singing
All I know are sad songs, sad songs
Darling, all I know are sad songs, sad songs

[Verse 2]
I’m just a singer who already blew his shot
I get along with old timers
Cause my name’s a reminder of a pop song people forgot
And I can’t keep a girl, no
Cause as soon as the sun comes up
I cut ’em all loose and work’s my excuse
But the truth is I can’t open up

[Chorus]
Now you don’t wanna be high like me
Never really knowing why like me
You don’t ever wanna step off that roller coaster
And be all alone
You don’t wanna ride the bus like this
Never knowing who to trust like this
You don’t wanna be stuck up on that stage singing
Stuck up on that stage singing
All I know are sad songs, sad songs
Darling, all I know are sad songs, sad songs

[Verse 3]
I took a plane to my home town
I brought my pride and my guitar
All my friends are all gone but there’s manicured lawns
And the people still think I’m a star
I walked around downtown
I met some fans on Lafayette
They said tell us how to make it cause we’re getting real impatient
So I looked ’em in the eye and said

[Chorus]
You don’t wanna be high like me
Never really knowing why like me
You don’t ever wanna step off that roller coaster
And be all alone
You don’t wanna ride the bus like this
Never knowing who to trust like this
You don’t wanna be stuck up on that stage singing
Stuck up on that stage singing
All I know are sad songs, sad songs
Darling, all I know are sad songs, sad songs

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,899: ‘I Took a Pill in Ibiza (SeeB Remix)’ – Mike Posner

  1. Dana says:

    I generally don’t like dance versions of non-dance songs. I mostly hear them in the gym and cringe. Here. I’m not familiar with the original so I don’t gave anything to compare this version to.

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