Song of the Day #3,553: ’27’ – Machine Gun Kelly

Prior to discovering today’s SOTD, my knowledge of Machine Gun Kelly was limited to his performance as rapper Kid Culprit in the 2014 film Beyond the Lights.

That film, written and directed by Love & Basketball‘s Gina Prince-Bythewood, is one of my favorite romantic dramas, and a stellar showcase for my favorite actress, Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Machine Gun Kelly plays a rather ridiculous yet somehow successful rapper, which appears to be his role in real life, too.

Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, MGK has released a handful of EPs and three relatively well-received albums. The song ’27’ closes out his most recent record, 2017’s Bloom. It riffs on the fact that so many famous musicians died at 27 (including Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix), with MGK deciding that even if he dies at the same age, he will have made his mark.

[Intro]
And if I must go and die at 27
Then at least I know I died a legend
Now, will you roll and ride like we’re together?
And keep the vibe alive inside forever
And feel me forever
They say I need to slow down, but I don’t know how

[Verse 1]
Yeah
Real feelings from past dealings
When people counted me out ’til I grew up to count millions, uh
Like I guess it’s good to be different, huh?
I’m a star so the sky isn’t the limit, huh?
I’m living like it’s my last day
Smoke as if there’s not already 27 roaches in the ashtray
Smile as if no one hated at all
As if anyone understood anytime I evolved
Tell me what do you do when your dreams come true?
Buy a Bentley and look just like you?
How am I supposed to write a song when I’m famous
And all the pain is created?
I need to overdose on inspiration
27

[Pre-Chorus]
Why don’t you just go home?
Well, I can’t right now, I’m a rolling stone

[Guitar solo]

[Chorus]
And if I must go, and fly away
And kiss my baby girl goodnight
And if this really is goodbye
Then let’s set the city on fire
Can you take me higher?
Now, can you take me higher?
Now, can you take me higher?
Can you take me higher?

[Post-Chorus]
If I must go, die at 27
Then at least I know I died a legend
Will you roll and ride like we’re together?
And keep the vibe alive forever
Keep the vibe alive forever
If I must go, die at 27
Then at least I know I died a legend
Will you roll and ride like we’re together?
And keep the vibe alive forever
Keep the vibe alive forever

[Outro]
I let these words seep through my soul
And speak through the song
‘Cause if one day, I’m no longer here in the physical
Then at least I give you my voice to listen to
What is a beautiful life without a beautiful death?
What is a beautiful mind, how is our beauty defined?
Is it for you to decide, is it my duty to die?
No matter how I’m remembered, just let me be remembered
Kells
Yeah, forever young, though
Always be those crazy kids running wide-eyed down the boulevard
27, Bloom

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,553: ’27’ – Machine Gun Kelly

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I guess it makes sense that someone would write a song about rock stars dying at 27.

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