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Bang! Lyrics

I get up, I get down and I'm jumpin' around
And the rumpus and ruckus are comfortable now
Been a hell of a ride but I'm thinkin' it's time
To grow (bang! bang! bang!)

So I got an apartment across from the park
Put quinoa in my fridge,...

  1. 1TOP RATED

    #1 top rated interpretation:
    alienkiid
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    Feb 21st 2021 report

    This song is absolutely /not/ about suicide, c'mon you guys.

    Just because it includes the lines, "Let's go out with a bang!" does not mean it's about suicide. From my point of view, I think this song is about the transition to adulthood.

    -"I get up, I get down and I'm jumpin' around
    And the rumpus and ruckus are comfortable now
    Been a hell of a ride but I'm thinkin' it's time
    TO GROW"
    I put emphasis on the 'to grow'. He's had lots of fun being a child, but now it's the inevitable part of his life when he must transition to adulthood.

    -"So I got an apartment across from the park
    Put quinoa in my fridge, still I'm not feelin' grown"
    Although they are doing adult-y things, like having quinoa and renting apartments, he still doesn't feel like an adult.

    -"Feel like I'm gonna puke 'cause my taxes are due,
    Do my password begin with a one or a two?"
    He's expressing worry about becoming adult and unsure how to do these types of things.

    Just trust me on this, AJR would never write a song about suicide. But I suppose that's just my opinion. :)

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    anonymous
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    Jan 12th 2021 report

    I honestly think, (This is my fist interpretation), he wants to go out with a Bang before he gets "old". What do I mean by that? I meant that he wants to do multiple exciting stuff before/wile he gets old, meaning for the "Lets go out with a bang!" Why the multiple exciting stuff though? Well, right after the verse it says, "BANG! BANG BANG! Here we go." The "here we go" part implies that they are doing it/ doing it soon (Assuming it's only been a few seconds after this song has been released)
    P.S: This is my first interpretation I have ever written and I suck so feel free to rate this a 1-Star :>

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    #3 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Dec 10th 2020 report

    What the heck you guys. That's all I can even say.

    This song IS NOT about suicide. If you knew the band at all, you would know that they like to write songs about things most people do not, and that most of their songs are about growing up.

    You guys are thinking about the lyrics all wrong. If AJR were to actually write a song about suicide, they would've dropped in fame dramatically. Going out with a bang does not mean shooting yourself. In the song, it means "I'm an adult now. Things are going to get super boring so let's celebrate childhood while we still can."

    They literally said it themselves. The song isn't about suicide it's about how boring adulthood is.

    Okay, moving past that. For those of you that have questions about some of the lyrics, I'll actually focus on that now instead of what the song isn't.

    The whole, "...put quinoa in my fridge..." thing is a comparison to adulthood. Ryan Met, one of the members of the band said that if adulthood could be summed up in one word, it would be quinoa. Quinoa is some kind of food made of a flower or something, but the reason Ryan said that is because when you put quinoa in your fridge and let it sit there, it gets sticky and hard and just difficult to eat.

    For the "I'm way to young to lie here forever I'm way too old to try so whatever" means that they don't want to sit around doing nothing, but they don't want to put effort into trying to actually do something, so they're just going to enjoy life before they have tons of responsibilities as an adult.

    AJR is a great band full of great people, and they would never write a song about suicide, trust me.

    Hope this helped!

  4. anonymous
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    Dec 6th report

    Its so freaking sad people think its about suicide.

    Hear their other songs, this one is just about going through life.

    Change your thinking.

    Jesus Christ..

  5. anonymous
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    Feb 5th 2022 report

    Yes, it's about suicide. From start to finish every word is about the endless drudgery of existence. And the chorus is most definitely about ending it all. (So put your best face on, everybody
    Pretend you know this song, everybody
    Come hang
    Let's go out with a bang (bang! bang! bang!)
    I'm way too young to lie here forever
    I'm way too old to try so whatever
    Come hang
    Let's go out with a bang (bang! bang! bang!)
    Put your best face on. That's exactly how people with depression go through life.
    Pretend you know this song. Because unless you have thoughts of suicide you only think you know. You pretend to understand just as suicidal people pretend to be ok.
    Everybody come hang. Because alone I might just give in but with people around I'm safe from my thoughts.
    And even in the video when the (Let's go out with a bang (bang! bang! bang!) Plays they all gesture as if shooting themselves (head going side to side).
    Honestly this song isn't advocating suicide. It's just a person living with suicidal thoughts.

  6. anonymous
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    Dec 8th 2021 report

    I think it's about both. To me this song is about childhood ending and adulthood being too much to think about, too stressful, too different and deciding to end it. I think saying that it was never intended to have the double meaning of suicide is... kinda ridiculous, that was the absolute first thing I got from it. Now given, I have had a very difficult life and a lot of brushes with suicidal thoughts and tendencies in the past, it's definitely something that has a lot of significance in my life, but with this many people getting the same vibe and the band seemingly being very intentional with their lyrics and meanings in other songs as well, I can't imagine that it WASNT thought of...

  7. anonymous
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    Nov 17th 2021 report

    yup I gotta agree with the top comment. NOT ABOUT SUICIDE PEOPLE.Its about adjusting to adult life. And not acting like your eighteen all the time. I love this song, and I definitely wouldn't be listening to it if it was like, I need to die now and all that. Life is worth living!!! God loves you as of you were His only child. So please dont think its about suicide!

    I hope this helped!!

  8. anonymous
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    Nov 9th 2021 report

    every body has there own opinions but in my opinion this song is about becoming an adult."lets go out with a bang" is basically saying lets have some fun before its to late in there case before becoming an adult."lets go out with a bang" is a popular saying at least in my opinion and for what i've heard it means it does not mean shooting yourself, it means well we might as well have some fun.

  9. anonymous
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    Aug 19th 2021 report

    The songs about the awkward transition between being children to adults. The band said so. A lot of their songs are about holding on to childhood.

  10. anonymous
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    Jul 9th 2021 report

    My friend recommended me this song, and the first thing she said (before I even heard it) was “people think this song is about group suicide, it’s not.” So the ONLY thing I was thinking about while I listen was “oh why would people think that?” And then “oh.” Basically, I’m very biased. I think that this isn’t about suicide, just because of what the band said. However, I can definitely see very strong and clear reasons people would think it is. I mean, “let’s go out with a bang”? Really? They could’ve made it more clear what they were talking about

  11. anonymous
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    Apr 29th 2021 report

    It's definitely about suicide. Have as much fun as possible, do whatever you want, and then end your life without having to accept consequences for any of it.

  12. Interpertations25
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    Apr 21st 2021 report

    OMG is all I have to say right now!

    This song isn't about suicide. It is about how people are transitioning to an adult and they are going through different thing that they haven't gone through, or an older person wanting to do something fun with their life and when it says "BANG" I think it might mean they're going through with that "Fun" thing. Please don't hate on me because I just want to spread my opinion and maybe help people understand different song that they don't understand. I hope y'all have an amazing day and stay positive.

  13. anonymous
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    Apr 21st 2021 report

    God why do ppl think its about suicide?! its not! "here we go" Lets go have fun before we get old. "lets go out with a bang" this is our last song were gonna go have fun "its been a hell of a ride" We are leaving childhood. "So I got an apartment across from the park" hes moving out of hos parents' house.I for one think "bang bang bang" is fireworks. idk why, just do.

  14. anonymous
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    Feb 26th 2021 report

    He alternates between time to "GROW" and time to "GO".

    Verses start off miserable and end with a vow to change his life (time to grow) only to end up miserable again resigning to the fact that it's now (time to go)

    It is about suicide.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  15. riley1
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    Feb 25th 2021 report

    i think it is about growing up. i saw alot of interpretations about suicide but i couldn't see that aspect of it. i think it is about needing to grow up but not being able to.

  16. anonymous
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    Feb 24th 2021 report

    The mother of my stepchildren shot herself in the head. Her final Facebook post read “Happy 4th of July I’m sure it will go out with a bang”. 7 years later their father hung himself. My stepchildren are in their early 20’s now so this song is in heavy rotation for their age group. In a way I’m glad to see that some still have a certain amount of innocent naivety to not think it’s about suicide. I pray none of you will ever have to experience half of what they did. I’m not out to change anyone’s mind just asking for sensitivity towards those that see it differently.

  17. anonymous
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    Jan 27th 2021 report

    ok this song is defiantly about suicide (hear me out please )
    no band writes about deppression with songs like 100 bad days karma and bummer land and then just all of a sudden writes about growing up

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  18. anonymous
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    Jan 4th 2021 report

    What's really sad is how many people are picking apart the lyrics of a song but most likely don't know or understand or even try to dig deep into spiritual matters by learning not even a single verse from the Holy Bible. Get your priorities right people.

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