You’re grabbing a drink at Starbucks, and you’re waiting to the side of the register when you hear in the background
“So don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me down.
D-Don’t let me down.”
The beat drops, and you find yourself bobbing your head to the “electric dance music” or “EDM” for short.
That was a catchy song, you think in your head.
And it sticks in your head while you drive home. You turn on the radio, and as you’re switching between radio channels, you hear a familiar melody.
Wait. That sounds familiar.
It’s the same song!
Okay. What’s with the ubiquity of this song? It’s everywhere!
“Don’t Let Me Down” by the Chainsmokers featuring Saya sounds like another love song with a catchy tune to it, which it probably is, but I think it can be generalized to any kind of close relationship.
“Crashing, hit a wall
Right now I need a miracle
Hurry up now, I need a miracle”
The speaker seems to be in a great state of distress that he or she finds nowhere to go wishing for something miraculous to happen to get him/her out. The desire for a miracle is emphasized since it’s repeated.
“Stranded, reaching out
I call your name but you’re not around
I say your name but you’re not around”
He is like on an island with no way to reach out to someone. It probably sounds like a familiar situation to many people. Nobody seems to be there in a crucial time. It’s the same as in the second stanza:
“Running out of time
I really thought you were on my side
But now there’s nobody by my side”
This person probably feels really helpless and hurt because the person who was very close and trusted was not there. He probably sounds backed into a wall.
“I need you, I need you, I need you right now
Yeah, I need you right now
I think I’m losing my mind now”
“It’s in my head, darling I hope
That you’ll be here, when I need you the most”
“So don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me down”
We all may know that people in this world can and will fail us. And it hurts when it happens.
I’ve been there before.
I put so much effort into that one person, when he let me down, I ended up hurt and empty. I put so much effort into my friends, but when I need them the most, they weren’t there. Maybe I was just waiting for something to happen, like a miracle. Maybe I didn’t reach out enough. Maybe I was too reliant on someone else to help me. Maybe I was hoping too much. Maybe I put too much expectation on them. Maybe instead of putting so much effort into something on this earth, I should have placed more effort into something greater.
One might not think there is anything greater out there, but I believe so.
Knowing that there is someone out there is constant and reliable is comforting, but is also a difficult concept to grasp. In times of need, we want rely on someone who is physically present with us. We want to feel like and see that we’re loved. We rely so much on sight that in hard times, we feel like no one’s there.
But for me, I have to remember that there is.
When I am in need, I can rely on that something greater to be there for me. I can hope that He’ll be there. I can expect that He won’t let me down.