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October 22, 2015

A detailed expression of the external conflict between J-Biebs and his mystery lover as they are unable to express their feelings for one another.

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This breezy, yet heart-wrenching single depicts a tortured relationship on the verge of collapse as the two partners fail to shatter their communication and cultural barriers.A frustrated, exasperated Bieber is keen of the emotional stakes of his floundering romance with a woman unable to speak English. “What do you mean? / When you nod your head yes / But you want to say no.” Evidently, Justin’s lover is unable to converse even the most rudimentary of dialogue, stifling his attempts at asking her out to dinner, or if she wants to ‘Netflix and chill.’ “First you wanna go to the left then you wanna turn right / Wanna argue all day, make love all night / First you’re up, then you’re down and then between.” This woman clearly has no idea where she is geographically, but she somehow stumbled into Bieber’s life. They argue about directions, but despite the linguistic impediments, Justin makes passionate love to her, hoping to convert her into a ‘Belieber,’ assuming that translates into other languages. The song reaches a pivotal moment when the protagonist acknowledges she “said you’re running out of time, what do you mean?” Perhaps she lacks a green card, and has entered the U.S. illegally. This woman understands that her time is limited until a xenophobe calls for her deportation. Whoever said, “love has no boundaries” has obviously never messed with American Boarder Patrol and Immigration Services.Overall, this song is a sad tale of the realities of poor exchanges between two partners and serves as concrete proof that the clear and consistent mutual expression of feelings is the true foundation of the success of any intimate relationship.