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Wiz Khalifa &  Charlie Puth

See You Again

Album: Furious 7 sdtk

Year: 2015

 

            Wiz Khalifa remembers his best friend in the cautious  “See You Again.”

 

                 A funereal piano opens the single, setting a tearful tone. The chorus starts the song. Charlie Puth  says losing his friend has been hard. In heaven, he knows he will be talk to him. They had a long friendship. His friend was like family to him. (“It's been a long day without you my friend/And I'll tell you all about it when I see you again/We've come a long way from where we began/It's been a long day without you my friend/And I'll tell you all about it when I see you again/We've come a long way from where we began/Oh I'll tell you all about it when I see you again/

When I see you again.”)

 

               Khalifa says he and his best friend were thrillseekers. Every Sunday, they would fly one of their planes. Now, as he stands at his friend’s grave, he says that he didn’t think it would end this way. They had so much taking road trips together. They were both getting older and something was going to happen to one of them. He didn’t think it would be now. (“Damn, who knew/All the planes we flew/Good things we been through/That I'd be standing right here talking to you/Bout another path/I know we loved to hit the road and laugh/But something told me that it wouldn't last/Had to switch up/Look at things different, see the bigger picture/Those were the days/Hard work forever pays/Now I see you in a better place, uh.”)

           In the pre-chorus, Khalifa says his friend was there for every birthday party for his children, at the hospital for his parents when they were sick. He relied on him to get through some tough times. Now, they will be together forever. (“How could we not talk about family, when family's all that we got?/Everything I went through, you were standing there by my side/And now you gon' be with me for the last ride.”)

               Puth sings the chorus again.

              Khalifa had a good feeling when he first met his best friend. They started talking about work. Then, they talked about their families. Soon, their families were spending time together and when his best friend’s son was born, Khalifa was the godparent. He wouldn’t ever say a bad word about him. (“First, you both go out your way/And the vibe is feeling strong/And what's small turned to a friendship/A friendship turned to a bond/And that bond will never be broken/The love will never get lost/And when brotherhood come first/Then the line will never be crossed/Established it on our own/When that line had to be drawn/And that line is what we reached/So remember me when I'm gone.”)

               Khalifa sings the pre-chorus.

                 Puth sings the chorus.

                 In the bridge, Puth eulogizes his friend: he hopes he will find his way to heaven and remember everything about life. He will be there. (“So let the light guide your way, yeah/Hold every memory as you go/And every road you take/Will always lead you home, home.”)

                     Puth sings the chorus again to end the single.

                   Khalifa is respectful, knowing the song is about Paul Walker, and is on his best behavior. It’s surprising to hear not even one swear word. Not even a little one. However, he talks though and doesn’t truly rap. It makes the money but he loses any credibility as a rapper. It’ll be tough to take him seriously once he does decide to be hardcore again.

              It’s really Puth’s show, though. Puth aching delivery is filled with anguish and pain. He leaves people reaching for their tissues. While it is a fitting tribute, Puth should’ve had the song  for his own.

                   The safe “See You Again” finds rap going adult contemporary, thereby killing the genre.


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