The Personal Aspects of “See you Again” by Wiz Khalifa
Composed lyrical analyses of popular Hip Hop and Rap songs.
Gather ‘round soft-hearted street-racing enthusiasts, because this one’s a tear-jerker.
Wiz Khalifa’s most recent foray into the Fast and the Furious soundtrack universe, See you Again, is a soft-spoken tribute to the late Paul Walker. Walker, who died in a car accident on November 30th, 2013, starred in the majority of the Furious movies, and is famously beloved and mourned among his former co-stars.
I am not going to lie to you all I have never seen any of the Furious movies; frankly, they seem pretty loud, and the content seems like an amalgamation of every conversation that my macho coworkers have had around me that I’ve had to ignore; however, the song is touching regardless. In spite of the tacky allusions to the franchise, the frequent Last Rides and references to Roads the ultimate theme of family, brotherhood, and the afterlife resonate throughout the song.
The first verse of the song seems to be from the perspective of Walker’s co-stars from the franchise, recounting times in which they could
hit the road and laugh together and
All of the planes they flew together (which is a strange thing to mention) and ending with the proclamation that the cast and Walker will see one another in a
The second is from the perspective of Walker, assuring his former allies that the bond they cultivated
will never be broken / And the love will never get lost, a touching and powerful statement that is also teensy bit cliché. Fittingly the verse also ends with
So remember me when I’m gone, which some say doesn’t seem to sync with the phrase
see you again, but it’s meant to see you in the next life, otherwise referred to as
a better place.
Altogether, the song is a fairly overt lament for the late Paul Walker. The corresponding video features just about every possible shot of Walker smiling gently from the driver’s seat of a car that you could possibly imagine, including one that is literally the final scene of Furious 7, so try and avoid it you think there is a shot at a surprise ending that isn’t to the effect of brotherhood family and cars.