Memories by Maroon 5, a Touching Tribute

12 April 2020 • Memories

Memories by Maroon 5, A Touching Tribute

"Memories" by Maroon 5 is a touching tribute to the band's manager and close friend, Jordan Feldstein, who died on December 22, 2017. Feldstein passed away due to pulmonary embolism. The band's guitarist, James Valentine, stated that the song is very special to them due to its personal nature. Lead singer Adam Levine said that the "song is for anyone who has ever experienced loss. In other words, this song is for all of us."

The music video for the song, which peaked at #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2019, features Levine against a black background, shirtless, to emphasize a the seriousness of the song. There is no pretentiousness or distracting effects usually found in music videos, but rather just a man, a human being, who is mourning the loss of his friend. 

In the song, Levine, sings about how the absence of his friend's presence triggers a flood of memories for him. However, the song is also uplifting as Levine gives a "toast" to all those who have passed away, those who were dear to his heart. The symbolism of the toast reminds us that we should celebrate the life of those who have moved on to the next life, rather than to dwell on their passing. 
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Levine reflects on the shared moments with his departed friend, but he doesn't let the absence of his friend bring him down. Instead, he looks at the memories with fondness rather than through teary eyes. Levine shows that it is important to remember the good memories we have with our loved ones, because those are the memories that will live forever. 

Read the full lyrics below. 

Here's to the ones that we got
Cheers to the wish you were here, but you're not
'Cause the drinks bring back all the memories
Of everything we've been through
Toast to the ones here today
Toast to the ones that we lost on the way
'Cause the drinks bring back all the memories
And the memories bring back, memories bring back you
There's a time that I remember, when I did not know no pain
When I believed in forever, and everything would stay the same
Now my heart feel like December when somebody say your name
'Cause I can't reach out to call you, but I know I will one day, yeah
Everybody hurts sometimes
Everybody hurts someday, ayy ayy
But everything gon' be alright
Go and raise a glass and say, ayy
Here's to the ones that we got
Cheers to the wish you were here, but you're not
'Cause the drinks bring back all the memories
Of everything we've been through
Toast to the ones here today
Toast to the ones that we lost on the way
'Cause the drinks bring back all the memories
And the memories bring back, memories bring back you
Doo doo, doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo
Memories bring back, memories bring back you
There's a time that I remember when I never felt so lost
When I felt all of the hatred was too powerful to stop (ooh, yeah)
Now my heart feel like an ember and it's lighting up the dark
I'll carry these torches for ya that you know I'll never drop, yeah
Everybody hurts sometimes
Everybody hurts someday, ayy ayy
But everything gon' be alright
Go and raise a glass and say, ayy
Here's to the ones that we got (oh)
Cheers to the wish you were here, but you're not
'Cause the drinks bring back all the memories
Of everything we've been through (no, no)
Toast to the ones here today (ayy)
Toast to the ones that we lost on the way
'Cause the drinks bring back all the memories (ayy)
And the memories bring back, memories bring back you
Doo doo, doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo
Memories bring back, memories bring back you
Doo doo, doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo (ooh, yeah)
Memories bring back, memories bring back you
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, doh, doh
Memories bring back, memories bring back you

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