Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - "Growing Up"

Updated: Jul 16, 2020

“Growing up” by Macklemore is a beautiful coming of age story told through the perspective of a future father to-be. In this song Macklemore describes and talks about all the fear and insecurities he faces with the idea of becoming a father. In almost a list style, Macklemore talks about all kinds of different things he wants his future child to experience and ways he is going to parent and teach his child to be successful. This song is full of some very emotional, and clever word play that anyone can appreciate. This track was released in 2016, a few months after the birth of Macklemore’s first child. One line from the song that I found extremely profound and compelling was “Don’t try to change the world, find something that you love and do it everyday. Do that for the rest of your life, and eventually the world will change.” I feel like this line expresses some inner conflict that Macklemore faced or faces and he is describing to his future child how he deals with it. Another line in the song talks about how he is scared and how he is “still figuring out who he is.” I think this a concept and an idea that him and many other people deal with on a daily basis. I think the way he outlines this concept is very clever and well written. “Growing up” by Macklemore is a beautiful and emotional song that can easily be taken at face value and still have immense amounts of meaning.

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