“Can’t Hold Us” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Ray Dalton)
The trouble with these lyrics is the chorus:
“Tonight is the night, we’ll fight ‘til it’s over
So we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us”
When we’re in a room and we decide to put our hands up the ceiling is not usually an issue. Ideally, the ceiling is high enough that we wouldn’t smack our hands into it no matter how high we put them up. So let’s say we’re in a club or at a concert and we want to fight ‘til something is over, we’d likely put our hands up in whatever manner we chose, ceiling be damned. Tonight is the night!
But, what if we’re in a room where the ceiling is low enough that it is a concern, i.e., where the ceiling could limit our range of motion and effectively “hold” us in the room. We would probably be inclined to put our hands up in a different way then, in deference to the power that this oppressively low ceiling has to hold us in. We would smack our hands into the ceiling if we didn’t. But what if we’re in this room where the ceiling can hold us, and the singer instructs us to put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us? That sounds like a recipe for some hurt hands!
So I have to ask: Why do you care so little about our personal well-being, Macklemore? I’m sure Wu Tang raised you better than that. For shame.