“Young” is about remembering the break-up of a teenage relationship, but also the great moments they shared.
The song was previewed on Snapchat, before it was released on the duo’s debut LP Memories… Do Not Open. Taggart teased part of the song’s lyrics in a tweet “It’s hard when you’re young”.
We love writing songs about small moments. In “Young,” written with Peter Hannah and Cvbz, we touch on all these specific moments in our past that led to the demise of a relationship. The times we had to sneak out of our parent’s houses to be together or that time we crashed your car, when things were simpler but often our immaturity still played a role in bad decisions that sometimes led to amazing moments. The contention is that we shouldn’t be too hard on ourselves for the things that didn’t work out. Say what you want, but it’s hard when you’re young.
The Chainsmokers’ radio hit “Closer” and this song start alike. Structurally, the two songs share the same beginning, as they start with a melodic intro, which alters when the first word is said and pauses before the singer continues.
In “Closer” the equivalent lines are the single line:
Hey, I was doing just fine before I met you
The simple word and the pause thereafter catch the listener’s interest and allow them to anticipate the coming lines—it interacts with the listener and hooks them in the first few seconds.
Take a Listen Below…