Memories by Maroon 5, a Touching Tribute

3 August 2020

"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, said 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 none of the pretentiousness or distracting effects usually found in music videos. Instead, there's 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, and were dear to his heart. The symbolism of the toast reminds us that we should celebrate the life of those who have passed on, rather than to dwell on their passing.

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Levine reflects on the moments he shared 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. 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.

The lyrics

Here's to the ones that we gotCheers to the wish you were here, but you're not'Cause the drinks bring back all the memoriesOf everything we've been throughToast to the ones here todayToast to the ones that we lost on the way'Cause the drinks bring back all the memoriesAnd the memories bring back, memories bring back youThere's a time that I remember, when I did not know no painWhen I believed in forever, and everything would stay the sameNow 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 sometimesEverybody hurts someday, ayy ayyBut everything gon' be alrightGo and raise a glass and say, ayy

Here's to the ones that we gotCheers to the wish you were here, but you're not'Cause the drinks bring back all the memoriesOf everything we've been throughToast to the ones here todayToast to the ones that we lost on the way'Cause the drinks bring back all the memoriesAnd the memories bring back, memories bring back you

Doo doo, doo doo doo dooDoo doo doo doo, doo doo doo dooDoo doo doo doo, doo doo doo

Memories bring back, memories bring back youThere's a time that I remember when I never felt so lostWhen 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 darkI'll carry these torches for ya that you know I'll never drop, yeah

Everybody hurts sometimesEverybody hurts someday, ayy ayyBut everything gon' be alrightGo and raise a glass and say, ayyHere'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 memoriesOf 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 dooDoo doo doo doo, doo doo doo dooDoo doo doo doo, doo doo doo

Memories bring back, memories bring back you

Doo doo, doo doo doo dooDoo doo doo doo, doo doo doo dooDoo doo doo doo, doo doo doo (ooh, yeah)

Memories bring back, memories bring back you

Yeah, yeah, yeahYeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, doh, doh

Memories bring back, memories bring back you