Story by Christian Banks
Shawn Mendes is a nineteen-year-old musician who has already placed a mark on the world with his vocal skills and meaningful lyrics. In his song “Youth”, Mendes works with musician Khalid to give a voice to our generation while we face the challenges of the world.
“I said when we get together, we have to make a statement. We have to move. We have to write about what’s going on in life and how the youth is feeling because I think we have the voice to do that,” Mendes told reporter Zane Lowe.
In the song, Mendes talks about waking up to headlines of the Manchester bombing after his concert in Germany. While his heart was shattered over the lives that were lost he had to still see hope in a better world.
“Waking up to headlines, filled with devastation again. My heart is broken, but I keep going” said Mendes.
Mendes and Khalid say in the song “You can’t take my youth away,” expressing feelings of hope that we can enjoy our youth in this increasingly scary world.
Throughout the song, the artists talk about how as a society we talk about these tragedies like they are supposed to be a normal occurrence, but when they hear these things come from young people it’s scary to see that they know these tragedies and these horrors.
When Mendes sings “Pain, but I won’t let it turn into hate. No, I won’t let it change me,” he wants to let the youth know that we can overcome hate and fear. The world we live can be scary, but Mendes wants to let us know that we can conquer the tough things in life.
This song is an uplifting and powerful piece created to bring empowerment to the young people of the world. Mendes and Khalid showed us that even though this world can be horrific, we are still young and we can still be happy and enjoy life.
Mendes takes pride in knowing he has made a song that has been able to touch people in an amazing and inspiring way.
“It’s crazy to me that you can physically feel your heart skip when you see or hear something you really care about,” Mendes said on Twitter.