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Meaning of ‘I Don’t Care’ by ‘Ed Sheeran’ feat. Justin Bieber

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Released: 2019

Features: Justin Bieber

“I Don’t Care” with Justin Bieber is an anthem for all those who’ve felt out of place or uneasy at a social gathering. This Ed Sheeran and Bieber collab sings about coping with anxiety and discomfort through the comfort of love and companionship.

The song starts with “I’m at a party I don’t wanna be at” where the singer’s feeling out of place. He’s even contemplating sneaking out as he feels like “Nobody’s even looking me in my eyes”. There’s a sense of alienation maybe even a bit of social anxiety creeping in. But then their loved one steps in, takes their hand, and offers a dance. Suddenly, the uncomfortable situation transforms into something more bearable.

Despite the party atmosphere, the singer confesses “Don’t think I fit in at this party”, acknowledging his discomfort in such social settings. But here’s the magic of love. When he’s with his baby, all the bad things, all the unease, “disappear”. There’s this protective bubble that the love from their partner creates, that makes even bad nights a bit more manageable.

The second verse shows both him and his partner in the same situation, at a party they don’t particularly enjoy. But there’s an affirmation here in “I’m crippled with anxiety. But I’m told it’s where we’re supposed to be” shedding light on societal norms and expectations.

The song goes on to reveal that the things that are supposed to be cool or trendy, just aren’t for them. As he repeats “I don’t like nobody but you, baby, I don’t care”, it’s clear he’d rather be alone with his loved one than be in a room filled with people. That’s their safe haven – not the party, but their precious ‘us’ time.

Finally, the chorus concludes their testament with how love and companionship make us feel valued, “And you’re making me feel like I’m loved by somebody” and how it helps them navigate through the tough times – seen in the lyrics, “I can deal with the bad nights, When I’m with my baby”.

So, “I Don’t Care” isn’t about indifference, far from it. It’s about finding comfort and acceptance in the beloved’s arms, even when the world seems a bit too much to handle. Next time you listen, remember, it’s about love trumping social discomfort!

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