Tik Tok: The Greatest Song of our Generation?

Now we’ve all heard the song “Tik Tok” by Kesha. You’ve heard it on the radio, you’ve heard it bars, you hear people singing it, you’ve quoted it on your facebook status… it’s everywhere. The song has even gone as far as topping the billboard charts here in U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and for some reason… Norway. The song has also been heavily criticized by many. Shoving aside the fact that Kesha sounds like a gigantic whore when she sings, her lyrics have been highly criticized.

However, I think that if you take a closer look at her choice of words, you will find that the lyrics are not stupid or silly… but brilliant. Masterful, even. So, let’s dig deeply into her use of diction. I think you will find that she is not only a fabulous vocalist, but an innovative songwriter. Her prose and choice of words will not only revolutionize the music industry, but sets the standard for 21st century literature.

So here are the aforementioned lyrics:

Wake up in the morning feeling like P Diddy
Grab my glasses, I’m out the door, I’m gonna hit this city
Before I leave, brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack

Cause when I leave for the night, I ain’t coming back

I’m talking pedicure on our toes, toes
Trying on all our clothes, clothes
Boys blowing up our phones, phones
Drop-topping, playing our favorite CDs
Pulling up to the parties
Trying to get a little bit tipsy

Don’t stop, make it pop
DJ, blow my speakers up
Tonight, I’mma fight
‘Til we see the sunlight
Tick tock on the clock
But the party don’t stop, no

Ain’t got a care in world, but got plenty of beer
Ain’t got no money in my pocket, but I’m already here
And now, the dudes are lining up cause they hear we got swagger
But we kick em to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger

I’m talking about everybody getting crunk, crunk
Boys tryin’ to touch my junk, junk
Gonna smack him if he getting too drunk, drunk

Now, now, we go until they kick us out, out
Or the police shut us down, down
Police shut us down, down
Po-po shut us

Repeat chorus

DJ, you build me up
You break me down
My heart, it pounds
Yeah, you got me

With my hands up
You got me now
You got that sound
Yeah, you got me

With my hands up
Put your hands up
Put your hands up

Now, the party don’t start ’til I walk in

Repeat chorus

And now… we scrutinize.

Wake up in the morning feeling like P Diddy
Grab my glasses, I’m out the door, I’m gonna hit this city
Before I leave, brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack

Cause when I leave for the night, I ain’t coming back

OK, well I think I know what Kesha is saying. You know how when you wake up in the morning and you’re still really groggy and you’re still kinda stuck in that in-between where you don’t know where your dream ends and reality starts? Well clearly she was having a dream that involved P. Diddy. Whether she was actually P. Diddy or she was just chilling with P. Diddy is irrelevant. Either way she is still pretty disoriented, and in a dreamlike state. I myself had a dream the other night that I was hanging out with Avril Lavigne. It was so realistic that I couldn’t remember if it actually happened or not. But I don’t think it did.

Alright so she’s grabbing her glasses so that can she leave. She’s clearly a very responsible woman. I personally need glasses if I were to drive. However, I’m sure alcohol will be involved later in the night so I would hope she isn’t driving. Oh and here’s where the brilliance comes in. She says she is going to “hit this city,” but, and follow me now, she doesn’t mean that she will physically strike the city. She is not a terrorist and does not mean any harm. In this instance, the word “hit” means she’s going to be present in the city and in all likelihood have a good time. Nothing wrong with that.

I think we all have made this mistake before. Upon remembering to brush her teeth, she confuses her tube of toothpaste with a bottle of Jack Daniels Whiskey. Simple mistake. I know that I keep my liquor in the same place where I keep my toothbrush and toothpaste. But hey, at least she is very concerned about her hygiene. Hopefully next time she’ll have more success when attempting to brush her teeth.

And lastly, she notifies us that she isn’t planning to come home at the end of the night. People may interpret this as her hooking up with a random guy and staying at her place. However, I’m sure she made reservations at a Holiday Inn and plans to stay there for the night. Very, very responsible. It’s a five-star hotel and they offer great accommodations.

I’m talking pedicure on our toes, toes
Trying on all our clothes, clothes
Boys blowing up our phones, phones
Drop-topping, playing our favorite CDs
Pulling up to the parties
Trying to get a little bit tipsy

She wants to look good, so she’s getting a pedicure. Smart decision… feet can be very sensual when they look all nice and pretty. Notice the repeat of the word “toes”… you’ll begin to see a pattern. It’s just really creative. She tries on a lot of clothes… I suppose it’s cold out or something.

Now, again you will see Kesha’s ingenious use of words. She says that boys are “blowing up our phones, phones,” again do not take this literally. It’s called figurative speech. I’m an English major… so I know this. It just means that boys are calling her, presumably just checking in and seeing how she is, maybe asking about her family.

After drop-topping (and who doesn’t love a good drop-topping session every now and then?) she puts some on some music, and then pulls up at a party or two. I’m sure she’s taking a taxi… again this blog does not endorse drinking and driving. Lastly, she wants to drink not to get drunk, but just for a slight buzz. That way she can have fun and also maintain her responsible decision- making.

Don’t stop, make it pop
DJ, blow my speakers up
Tonight, I’mma fight
‘Til we see the sunlight
Tick tock on the clock
But the party don’t stop, no

She’s telling us all not to stop and keep it popping. I believe she’s talking about that bubble-wrap material that everyone enjoys. Once you start popping those it’s so hard to stop! Am I right, people??

By DJ she is referencing the disc jockey, not DJ Tanner. Again she uses the word “blow” to emphasize the use of hyperbole. Another literary term… don’t fret if that went over your head (again… English major).  She then shortens the words “i’m going to”  to “I’mma”… three words into one, that’s pretty damn impressive. Or should I say That’s predampressive.

Apparently she wants to fight until she sees the sunlight, meaning she’ll fight way into the night. Not sure if she means a physical altercation here, or if fight just refers to partying. Either way she’s a spunky one.

Lastly, she uses the title of the song in the lyrics. It’s in the form of onomatopoeia, because tick tock is the sound a clock makes. Damn, I’m just ripping out literary devices. Of course, the party doesn’t stop. In this case, she considers life a party… it’s a very healthy outlook to have in life.

Ain’t got a care in world, but got plenty of beer
Ain’t got no money in my pocket, but I’m already here
And now, the dudes are lining up cause they hear we got swagger
But we kick em to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger

Without any cares in the world, you live stress-free. It’s scientifically proven that constant stress can shorten your life. Thus, Kesha is going to outlive all of you. However, beer can cancel that out; especially excessive beer-drinking. However, who doesn’t like a girl that drinks beer? Live a little, people!

She lacks money… but she’s here. So that means she must have spent all of her money in the commute, and must access an ATM before she could purchase a drink.

It’s always good to have swagger. Confidence is a very good trait to have, and as Kesha so eloquently states it leads to guys lining up for her. May seem slutty that she’s bragging about it, but the next line tells us that she is saving herself from marriage… unless the heartthrob Mick Jagger comes along. I think everybody can agree that Mick Jagger is the ultimate sex icon. For both guys and girls.

I’m talking about everybody getting crunk, crunk
Boys tryin’ to touch my junk, junk
Gonna smack him if he getting too drunk, drunk

Again, notice the repetition here. For those unaware, “crunk” is a slang term for drunk, only cool people use it. Next time you’re drinking with your friends just spontaneously yell out “We’re gettin cruuuunked kiaaaad.” It’ll get a very favorable response. Gotta love the incorporation of slang in an otherwise formally written song.

Next, Kesha makes us aware of the fact that boys are trying to touch her inappropriately. Now that is flat-out sexual harassment, and cannot be tolerated. Unacceptable. They deserve what they get, which Kesha states is getting “smacked,” Good for you, Kesha. Then report them to authorizes.

Now, now, we go until they kick us out, out
Or the police shut us down, down
Police shut us down, down
Po-po shut us

The night is clearly drawing to a close and Kesha is wrapping up her story. She stays at the bar until close, which we all do sometimes. It’s a challenge to stay out that long, but clearly Kesha maintained her wits, kept her drinking to a minimum and will make sure all of her friends get home safely.

The police always come to bars just in case there’s a scene. So I’m sure Kesha is just merely pointing that out. The “po-po” is a more endearing term for police, so Kesha again having some fun with words. Po-po is a very popular word, used in books by Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway and Billy Shakespeare… Kesha is just continuing the legacy and deserves as much recognition as those writers.

DJ, you build me up
You break me down
My heart, it pounds
Yeah, you got me

With my hands up
You got me now
You got that sound
Yeah, you got me

She is now describing the reliance she has on the music in the bar. With a good song choice she is “built up” and with a poor choice she “breaks down.” That is a lot of pressure to put on a DJ. We do not know what Kesha’s idea of good music is, but I’m sure it’s something good like Fallout Boy or Ashlee Simpson.

Now, the party don’t start ’til I walk in

She must be supplying the cake or something. Because a party is not a party if there’s no cake.

Now that you see the song the way I do, you can now finally understand the brilliance. I think the problem is that most of you just simply  did not “get” the song. But once you dig down and examine Kesha’s prose, you simply cannot deny its magnificence. She is truly talented.  Kesha is a pioneer for the music industry, and her song Tik-Tok will go down in history as one of the greatest musical achievements of our generation, or any other generation.

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2 thoughts on “Tik Tok: The Greatest Song of our Generation?

  1. I legitimately laughed out loud a few times during this one

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