A Manly Pose is Just A Pose
I’m living out in LA
I drive a sports car just to prove
I’m a real big baller’
Cause I made a million dollars
And I spend it on girls and shoes
But you don’t wanna be high like me
Never really knowing why like me
You don’t ever wanna step off that roller coaster
And be all alone
Those lyrics are from “I took a pill in Ibiza” by Mike Posner.
“I seem to have it all,” he says.
Girls. Partying. Living the highlife. Fame and fortune.
But is it all a facade?
The words seem to reflect the artist’s thoughts on his successful, yet empty, career. And leads us to wonder whether money, sex and fame equal a happy, successful life.
It’s all something that people latch onto because it’s part of what being a man is supposed to be about.
It is something that I have latched onto. We think this will be “awesome” or make us happy.
But look beneath the surface and it’s shallow. So says someone who’s been there and knows.
Just to prove… but never knowing why
The words “just to prove” stand out to me: Pursuing a path that holds no intrinsic worth; it’s all show.
The words, “Never really knowing why like me,” stand out, too. We want the money, the fame, the girls.
But why? Are we happy? In the end:
“You don’t ever wanna step off that roller coaster — And be all alone”
Our hierarchal culture glamorizes success as a manly aim, but the artist bluntly reveals the tainted ideals of masculinity and the quest to be “top dog.”
The artist has “won.” But he is still broken.
The manly pose is just a pose.
“Bob” made this comment on one of my blog posts, and I asked if I could edit and turn it into a blog post instead. Thank you Bob!