An Interpretation of Justin Bieber’s Hit Song “I’ll Show You”
Kimberly Holmes is a singer and songwriter originally from Pensylvania.
There’s no argument that Justin Bieber is one of the most known, referenced, scrutinized, and entertaining performers for the Millennial generation. His 2015 hit song, I’ll Show You, is a nod to the pros and cons of the artist’s life in the public eye.
Showing Up and Showing Out
I’ll Show You is the type of song expected to come from Bieber at this stage in his career. Now a young adult, the lyric,
let’s get to the good part and past all the nonsense, reflect that he’s ready to live his life beyond everything that people attributed to him in the past.
Beiber’s lyrics make reference to the many growing pains people go through. When he sings,
Got to see what it feels like, no matter what they say, it recalls the reports of his widely reported drug use and his relatively numb response to the reports. Beiber also acknowledges the many media discussions regarding his faith with the lyrics,
Sometimes it’s hard to do the right thing.
The chorus echoes a dueling statement, with Bieber’s sentiment that he’ll show his audience they don’t know him and he’ll show his audience that he’s more human they make him out to be.