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Price tag -cover- (Conor Maynard) (UK)

An impressive cover of Jessie J's song Price Tag made by English teenager Conor Maynard, from Brighton.

You can listen to the original song here: Price Tag by Jessie J.

Seems like everybody's got a price
I wonder how they sleep at night
When the sale comes first
And the truth comes second
Just stop, for a minute and
Smile

Why is everybody so serious
Acting so damn mysterious
Got your shades on your eyes
And your heels so high
That you can't even have a good time

Everybody look to their left
Everybody look to their right
Can you feel that (huh)
We're paying with love tonight

It's not about the money, money, money
We don't need your money, no
We just wanna make the world dance
Forget about the Price Tag
It ain't about the (huh) Cha-Ching Cha-Ching
Ain't about the (nah) Ba-Bling Ba-Bling
Wanna make the world dance
Forget about the Price Tag

We need to take it back in time
When music made us all unite
And it wasn't low blows and video hoes
Am I the only one getting tired

Why is everybody so obsessed
Money can't buy us happiness
Can we all slow down and enjoy right now
Guarantee we'll be feelin' alright

Everybody look to their left
Everybody look to their right
Can you feel that (ha)
We're paying with love tonight

It's not about the money, money, money
(we don't need it)
We don't need your money, no
We just wanna make the world dance
Forget about the Price Tag
It ain't about the (huh) Cha-Ching Cha-Ching
Ain't about the (nah) Ba-Bling Ba-Bling
Wanna make the world dance
Forget about the Price Tag
Yeah

DAMN= An emphatic word (sometimes a bit rude but not here). Here it is giving emphasis to the word "mysterious".

GOT= You have got.

SHADES= (slang) Sunglasses.

HEELS= Shoe heels, design to make you look taller (see picture)

EVERYBODY LOOK= This is an imperative form (otherwise, if it were a present tense it should be "everybody looks"). When the subject is "somebody/someone" we use the plural forms "them, they, their, themself" but with a singular meaning to avoid "he" or "she" because "everybody" can be used for male, female or both:
- Everybody look to their left
- If you see anybody there, tell them to come.
- Someone is talking to themself in that room or is it the TV?


WANNA= (coll.) Want to.

PRICE TAG= A little tag attached to something to show its price (see picture).

AIN'T= (coll.) The negative form of the verb to be or to have:
- It ain't expensive = It's not expensive
- You ain't no doctor = You aren't a doctor
- I ain't go no money, man= I don't have any money

CHA-CHING= The sound that a cash register makes when its drawer is closed after money has been put inside. Used in conversation to indicate that the person being spoken about is going to or already has made quite a profit at little expense.

NAH= (coll.) No.

BA-BLING= (slang) "Bling" is flashy expensive jewelry and "ba-bling" is a reference to showing off expensive possessions (also "bling-bling").

LOW BLOWS= An unscrupulous attack; an insult.
This metaphor comes from boxing, where a low blow is an illegal blow that lands below the opponent's waist.

VIDEO HOES= Girls who have sex with casting directors to get jobs and money. (singular: video ho).

The lyrics here are kind of simple and straightforward: money isn't everything. It's all against modern materialism, when everything and everybody has a price and the more you have the more you are worth. The song says that money is not the measure of everything, in fact, it is the measure of nothing (forget about cha-ching and about ba-bling = making money and showing off your possessions is not important). The important things are loving and enjoying life.

Now, if we see the video that was produced for the original song (you can watch it here) you'll find that there is a deeper meaning under the surface. This song is against the materialism of modern life alright, but more specifically against the materialism which is dominating the music industry today. Music used to be all about having fun and making people have fun, but now it is simply an industry to make money. Singers will do anything to get famous and also they look so sophisticated and trained and "professional" that we can seriously doubt they're having any fun at all. Against all this, the singer (originally Jessie J) suggests we should go back to the old times when everything was just about having fun, not about the money.

The only problem is that to succeed in the music industry, as she says, you must comply to their wishes, you must become a puppet, a marionette in their hands (as the original video shows), and that's what Jessie J went through, becoming in the process exactly the same typical product she's criticizing (see Jessie's video here).

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