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What does "Crash" by Usher mean?

What does "Crash" by Usher mean?

SONG MEANING: "Crash" by Usher is about an ended relationship that Usher wishes would continue on.

Breaking down the Lyrics of "Crash"

Listening to this song has been a weird experience for me. I know there's not much in it as far as lyrical depth goes (there's not supposed to be), but the music is super fun. It sounds perfect for dancing, and I can't stop pressing the "play" button as soon as it finishes. I guess for an artist as famous and tried-and-true as Usher (who released "OMG" and "Yeah!), "Crash" being really good is no surprise. He just released "Crash" as a single from his upcoming album Flawed, and I'm sure we have a bit more of this smooth, R&B sweet-talking coming our way.

Chorus

Usher starts the song with a chorus up front. In it, he sings, "Would you mind if I still loved you?" He and his ex have just gone through a painful breakup, and he wants her to know that he's still in love with her. He still has feelings for her and wants her to know it.

He continues by asking, "Would you mid if things don't last?" This could be a reference to him having been the one to break up with her, but I think he's just mentioning that he only needs to "love her" for a little while longer to help him come to grips with the reality of the breakup.

The next two lines seem to support this idea: "Would you mind if I hold onto / You so that I won't crash?" He needs to love her so that he doesn't fall apart. They were emotionally involved, and he doesn't feel like letting go yet.

Verse 1

In the first verse of "Crash," Usher begins telling a story about how he's trying to see her again. He sings, "Morning light, I'm at your door / One last time, and no one's there / Nobody, nobody, nobody, no..." In an almost stalkerish way, he's trying to see her again just once more.

He explains that he "[d]rove all night, just to beat you home." Apparently, they broke up the day before and live far from each other. He made it to her house to talk to her again, and she wasn't there. Even still, he wants to know if she would "mind if I waited right here . . ." He plans to wait for her so he can see her one last time.

Pre-Chorus

Here, Usher continues to explain how in love he is wither her. He sings that he "really, really [wants to] love you." He's still "only yours / Even if it don't last forever, I wanna let you know." He explains that they "really had something special" and that "it's hard tryna let it go." He finishes the pre-chorus by singing, "I'm just being honest, I'm still in the moment." He's reeling from the emotional pain and is trying to explain what he is feeling to her

Verse 2

In the second verse of "Crash," Usher gives more details about his midnight drive. He's been "[u]p all night" and "can't let go." He explains that he "[w]on't stop trying." He really wants her to know how much he still loves her. With these lines, the songs seems to have arced from being about him trying to get over it to him trying to convince her to come back to him.

He sings, "[N]eed you to know." And while there may be a "fight" as a result of his clinginess, he says that it's "worth" it "if I get back home." He tells her, "Hope you don't mind if I waited / Would you mind if I wait right here?" She hasn't shown up yet, and he's planning to stay there until she does appear.

Bridge

The bridge of "Crash" is simply Usher repeating two lines a few times: "I'm not thinking 'bout nobody else but you / You're the only one who takes me there." And with these lines, the song truly has become about trying to convince her to come back. In this bridge, Usher is explaining to her that she's the "only one for him" and that nobody else is good enough.

My questions for the song meaning community:

  • Did you like "Crash"?
  • Do you think "Crash" is about a healthy relationship or is it possible to tell?
  • The big question: Do you think that in "Crash" Usher is an overly clingy boyfriend or do you agree with what he's doing?

Deeper thoughts...and questions about healthy relationships...

I don't think there's too much here lyrically to analyze, but if I had to have a problem with Usher's song, it's that perhaps he isn't respecting this woman's "no." If she's the one who broke up with him, and he's following her to her home and waiting on the doorstep, is that really romantic?

Or is it stalkerish?

While it may seem like a desperately romantic move, I don't think it's actually respectful of the woman in the song, but maybe other people operate on different codes of what is and what isn't romantic.

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