Juice WRLD – You Wouldn’t Understand | Lyrics Meaning Explained
“You Wouldn’t Understand” is the third track on Juice WRLD’s 2021 album ‘Fighting Demons.’ The song serves as a reminder of who Juice WRLD was — a man who was unphased by things around him and lived his life to the fullest. Unfortunately, this is not sustainable and this ‘bliss’ is not real. But he says ‘you would not understand,’ so what can we say?!
Juice WRLD released his second posthumous album ‘Fighting Demons’ on December 10, 2021. This also marks the second-year anniversary of Juice’s death on December 8, 2019, following a drug overdose. His first posthumous album ‘Legends Never Die‘ remains the most-successful posthumous album debut.
The theme of “You Wouldn’t Understand” is “I’ma live my life like it’s my last days,” which is a dangerous way to live. However, when we peep through the curtain, we see a distraught man trying to fill a void. His lifestyle is the result of what he is fighting within. We understand the effects of what his lifestyle can do to him, but we might not be able to understand his inner demons.
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Juice WRLD “You Wouldn’t Understand” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
Juice WRLD remains honest throughout this song. He says that his career success allowed him to do whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted. This is not something a desperate man would say. This is something a self-fulfilled man would say. However, we fail to see what really made him become like this. So, he tells us.
I’m lost in my abyss (Uh-huh)
Wake up, all I see is black, a solar eclipse (Uh-huh)
Throughout his album ‘Fighting Demons,’ Juice WRLD touches on how he battled with mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. An abyss is a place without borders and light. One cannot simply get out of an abyss. Juice equates the status of his mind to the effect of a solar eclipse when the Sun gets blocked by the Moon passing in the sky causing the sunlight to be blocked and casting a massive shadow on Earth. Although a solar eclipse does not make the Earth pitch black, Juice’s mind is.
I ain’t sleep in like six days
Poppin’ Percs, I can’t think straight
To get out of his dark mental state, Juice relies on medicine – the wrong kind. He got into pills such as Percocet, which is a highly addictive pain reliever. This is when we realize that ‘doing whatever he wanted’ meant doing drugs. He kicks off his day with drugs as he finds no other way to deal with the mental status he is in.
I break the pill into minerals (What else?)
Then I put it in my cereal, uh (What else?)
These two lines show the absolute worst situation Juice was stuck in. Cereal is a breakfast meal. His breakfast is sided with some drugs and the day can only get worse from here. The worst of the above lyrics is the adlib “what else?” It is as if he is lost for other options. He does not know what else to do than drown himself in drugs from breakfast till the next breakfast.
Juice WRLD also talks a lot about the use of guns, possibly as an attempt to empower himself from the threats of his own mind.
However, Juice WRLD also shouts out some of his inspirations in the industry such as John Lennon, Ozzy Osbourne, and Billy Idol.
Juice WRLD was quite conflicted with his own emotions and demons. The limelight he received at a very young age wouldn’t have helped his cause.
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