Over the weekend here at the explosion we decided to work on a small group project: analyzing the lyrics of “Trampoline” by SHAED. It’s an incredibly popular and often used song in social media content, especially on TikTok. But what does that mean? Our writers thought about it and picked the song, line by line. Keep reading to see each author’s rendition of the song! If you’re unfamiliar with the song, check it out below:
“When I listened carefully to the lyrics, my first thought was that she might be talking about an abusive relationship where she is deeply in love (fire being the feeling of being in love) and jumping on the trampoline is a metaphor for the roller coaster of emotions that come with being in love with someone who is causing you pain, either emotionally or physically.
“Wait, if I’m on fire, how am I so deeply in love?” how can i feel so pained in a relationship that also brings me love. “When I dream of dying, I never feel so loved,” could be the feeling of escaping the relationship and breaking a traumatic bond.
I know… I took it a step further and I’m SURE that wasn’t the point of the lyrics, but trying to read between the lines kinda brought it out in me. Maybe I need to stop watching Lifetime movies, haha!
“While listening to ‘Trampoline’ by SHAED, I had a handful of thoughts that instantly crossed my mind. I remember hearing it on the radio, knowing it was a hit in the making, but I forgot about it. But then I was asked, along with other writers here at The Blast, to listen to it again and see how we all interpreted it.
I first made sure not to google the song or look in any interviews SHAED might have had that talked about the song. I wanted to go into it completely blind and for it to actually be my interpretation. I’m sure with a song called “Trampoline”, people would instantly think of going through ups and downs in a very confined place. Where you can go as high as you can and achieve so many things, and you can also fall in so many different ways. It says a lot about how life can be, but the opening lyrics also took me away from that interpretation. These words being: “I had dreams. Jump on a trampoline. Flippin’ in the air. I never land, I just float there.
It immediately made me think, this song says it all. This song means everything you need. This song means exactly what you personally want it to mean. Eye of the beholder type thoughts. Now I was no longer emotional or thinking morbidly about the lyrics, but I also didn’t feel thrilled and wanted to have a parade for myself either after listening to it. I started thinking that this song was going to be used for both good and bad as a bridging or storytelling device in future movies and TV shows, especially the reality shows you’d see on Bravo or even The Bachelor.
I really see this song being marketed and used at sporting events and when an athlete can go through adversity to come out on top and on the other side. Almost what you see during the Olympics. Since they often have an abundance of video packages they produce for this, they always add songs of this nature to bring it all together.
I feel like my interpretation will change as I hear this song and I think it would be fun to come back to it in a year and see my thoughts and those of others. It’s because of the mastery of the lyrics and the catchy melody. It captures you and makes you feel what you are feeling at that moment. And as we all know, it can be great and also devastating.
“The protagonist of the story is already in a confused situation, seemingly struggling with tumultuous relationship issues. She can’t get out of her mind. She’s in limbo. The trampoline represents her confusion, her mood swings – she cannot bring herself to a stable state of gravity and clarity. What had already started as a serious mental situation only worsened when “suddenly the sky bursts”. imploded.
When she finally feels some semblance of a stable relationship, she feels oppressed again. What makes life seem like it’s looking up is really that it’s falling down a steep slope again – “my body is turning to ice, crushing the weight of heaven.”
This song is an example of what so many people face. They are in a relationship and do not know if they should stay or leave, negotiate or start over. Their perception of the situation changes daily. What may be good one day may be bad the next. The deep passion for both storylines and the ensuing uncertainty keep the “fire” swinging on the pendulum.
“”Trampoline” has a unique melody and rhythm that immediately pulls you into the song and slowly guides you through this euphoria, but at the same time, scary environment the lyrics evoke.
The first verse instantly reminds you of a dream sequence, a setting you are not too familiar but feel safe. But then it quickly goes from fun to creepy.
With lyrics like “Jumpin’ on a trampoline/flippin’ in the air/I never land just floating there”, it’s very exciting. This excitement turns to terror as SHAED sings, “Suddenly the sky is bursting/the flames are lighting up the trees/…now they’re right on me.
To me, this could hint at real-life situations where things are going well and exciting to evil in the blink of an eye. But considering the chorus, SHAED isn’t trying to escape the terror they’ve suddenly been plunged into; instead, they seem to embrace and enjoy it.
The second verse also paints the same scenario as the first, where things happen from good to bad, and just like in the chorus, SHAED sings to allow and embracing the inevitable terror.
In conclusion, the song as a whole is about giving up in the face of a hopeless situation. Something over which we have no control, and instead of battling impending doom, you allow it to engulf and consume you.
I know it’s a dark meaning, but the energy and the lyrics of the song make I remember those scary dreams where I party and I’m happy, but then all of a sudden I fall into an endless pit and I can’t save myself. SO, I endure and embrace the plunge until I wake up.
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