What was I singing? Avril Lavigne’s “I’m With You”

Ever wonder if songs you were singing at a young age were completely age-inappropriate? They were! This column will be a trip down memory lane that will have you asking, “Why was I singing this at such a young age? What do these lyrics even mean? Where were my parents?!” 

Flashback to November 2002. Avril Lavigne was taking the music of teenage angst by storm with the release of her album Let Go, which included singles “Complicated” and “Sk8ter Boi.”

This album also contained the treasure that is “I’m With You,” which I had always assumed was a romantic song. Goodness, I was wrong. Shall we dissect these lyrics?

I’m standing on a bridge
I’m waiting in the dark
I thought that you’d be here by now

First off, is she okay? This seems extremely dangerous. Is she running away from home? Is this a romantic gesture like in Sex in the City when Miranda plans to meet Steve if they decide to forgive and forget? TL;DR: she’s waiting at night, so I’m worried for her safety.

There’s nothing but the rain
No footsteps on the ground
I’m listening but there’s no sound

Does she have a raincoat? Rain sucks, and no one is coming for her. She must be sopping wet and very much alone. Someone, please come and get her out of the rain and into something dry and warm.

Isn’t anyone trying to find me?
Won’t somebody come take me home?

Alright, I thought she said she was expecting someone, now she’s just wondering if anyone will come and find her? Why haven’t her parents come and searched for her in the rain? The authorities should be contacted.

It’s a damn cold night
Trying to figure out this life
Won’t you take me by the hand?

It’s cold AND wet?! Please, go find shelter and work this ambiguous problem of angst out once you’re dried off. I figure out my life daily while I’m waiting in line at Starbucks–much more comfortable.

Take me somewhere new
I don’t know who you are
But I… I’m with you
I’m with you

Alright, she has taken shelter with a completely stranger. This is a cry for help. Did she just get into a random vehicle? Is this her Uber driver? They require specific directions, Avril! Tell them where you need to go!

I’m looking for a place
I’m searching for a face
Is anybody here I know
‘Cause nothing’s going right
And everything’s a mess
And no one likes to be alone

I predict that her Uber driver dropped her off at a mall. At least she is around other human beings, even though she is around more strangers. Maybe she can use someone’s phone to call her parents to pick her up.

Oh why is everything so confusing
Maybe I’m just out of my mind
Yeah-he-yaa, yeah-he-yah, yeah-he-yah, yeah-he-yah, yeah!

Where are you? Please just give us your location and I’ll feel more comfortable.

Take me by the hand
Take me somewhere new
I don’t know who you are
But I… I’m with you
I’m with you

The song ends with a stranger. I pray that she is on her way back home, chatting away in her Uber. Her parents will eventually welcome her back home, and she’ll call up whoever she was waiting for on the bridge to tell them that she’s thought things through. She’s found a new friendship with a random person, and she’ll be okay.


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