Here’s to all the zeros: Analysis

“Hey kids, do you wanna do what I do?”
Talking to kids asking if they want to be a performer like him.

“I got sick, got kicked out of high school
I guess then, I kind of got arrested
With a car, and a chase, and a drug test”
His explanation of how he got to where he is now. Sick refers to his drug addiction which led to him being kicked out of school.

“These days they don’t want to be near that
Cause if you’re selling records they don’t want to hear that”
‘They’ refers to the music industry. The music industry has moved away from talent, and moved towards image. They don’t want to hear about how your talent came into effect, rather about how ‘cool’ you appear to be.

“Clean cut, we do it like Disney
Well adjusted, trust it, trust me”
Again, the music industry would rather have perfect persona, rather than someone with depth, or history.

“Party anthems get them dancing”
Refers to songs usually done by Ke$ha, and other pop artists.

“Well, I’m the king of second chancing”
He’d rather give someone a second chance than give into popular demand.

“Airbrush shiny, notoriety
They disappeared into the back
To go and get high-dee”
This most likely refers to certain performers who appear squeaky clean, but later everyone finds out how truly messed up they are. (Miley Cyrus, Demi)

“Hey ho, where did all the good go?”
Good: music that actually takes talent to write/sing.

“Baby this is where you’re dead wrong, alright”
Back-tracking a bit here. He’s saying that there is good music out there, but they are being covered up by all the crap the media portrays as ‘good’.

“Hey ho, here’s to all the zeros
And every misfit and all my down and outs”
Here he mentions three things that people tend to assume are describe one group. However, I think he’s talking about a large group of three types of people. Artists get their talents mainly through tough times. They use those times to create amazing things. Painters, photographers, performers, lyricists… I could go on and on. Here are the three I think are being represented.
Zero’s: ‘Losers’/unpopular kids
Misfit’s: Social disorders
Down and out’s: Depression: Van Gogh anyone?

“Hey ho, where did all the good go?

Baby this is where you’re dead wrong, alright
Hey ho, here’s to all the zeros
And every misfit and all my down and outs”

“You don’t sing, you got a young look so
It’s nothing autotune can’t fix though”
Sorry guys, but most of those young singers you love so much couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket. This just reiterates the idea of using image over quality.

“MTV don’t play videos”
Another example of how the industry is changing. No longer do you show what the song truly means, or even an artistic explanation. No, now songs don’t hold very much meaning so there wouldn’t be a point to the videos. If they did show them, they would all be the same.

“And no guitar is allowed on the radio”
So many things are made with computers, it’s almost like they have restricted anything else.

“These days I kind of just pretend so
Guess I don’t mind it just depends though”
Josh is saying that current;y he is pretending to fit in. So even the current song he is singing isn’t really him, just faking.

“Get stuck to every innuendo
But it doesn’t seem to matter in the end so”
He’s used to being called different things, or being connected to different things, but he doesn’t care.

“They say, where’s the next hit baby?
God, how could I top Call Me Maybe?”
1- People don’t care about a single good song. They want a hit. 2-He co-wrote Call Me Maybe.

“Well I’m delirious, she’s bi-curious
Let’s disappear into the back to go and get serious”
I don’t think there is very much meaning here.

“Hey ho, where did all the good go?
Baby this is where you’re dead wrong, alright
Hey ho, here’s to all the zeros
And every misfit and all my down and outs
Hey ho, where did all the good go?
Baby this is where you’re dead wrong, alright
Hey ho, here’s to all the zeros
And every misfit and all my down and outs”

“Hallelujah up for ransom”
People taking profit in things they shouldn’t.

“Cash value for hashtag anthems”
Main shot-out to Instagram. Where people are pain to use certain products, or are paid in reference to how many other people use their hashtag.

“Sing it now

Hallelujah up for ransom
Cash value for hashtag anthems
Hallelujah up for ransom
Cash value for hashtag anthems”

“Where did the rock and roll go?

Hey ho, where did all the good go?
Baby this is where you’re dead wrong, alright
Hey ho, here’s to all the zeros
And every misfit and all my down and outs
Hey ho, where did all the good go?
Baby this is where you’re dead wrong, alright
Hey ho, here’s to all the zeros
And every misfit and all my down and outs

Hey ho, where did all the good go?
Baby this is where you’re dead wrong, alright
Hey ho, here’s to all the zeros
And every misfit and all my down and outs
Hey ho, where did all the good go?
Baby this is where you’re dead wrong, alright
Hey ho, here’s to all the zeros
And every misfit and all my down and outs”

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