DNCE - Cake By The Ocean
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DNCE - Cake By The Ocean
Things go the yuck route pretty quickly, with The Fat Jew ultimately being smeared in cake icing and pouring bottles of beer down his face. Whet your appetite for all things glamour above, art lovers!
Unfortunately, the music video for the song verges on pornographic and so isn't appropriate to share on this website since the images shared in that music video are not conducive to our mission--to understand the deeper meanings of lyrics. Suffice it to say, the music video depicts a fictional "cake fighting" championship between one man and twenty bikini-clad women while DNCE plays in the background. The lyric video shared below is more conducive to lyrical analysis.
In the chorus, Jonas sings, "Talk to me, baby," as he tries to convince her to spend time with him and to let him convince her to have sex with him. He wants her to join him because he's "going blind from this sweet, sweet craving" (the first hint of cake-related metaphor), and he wants her to join him: "Let's lose our minds and go f***ing crazy." He explains, then, that his fantasy is that they'll "eat cake by the ocean," presumably a reference to sex.
Jonas continues singing by asking her to "[w]alk for me, baby," to display herself for him, and he says he'll "be Diddy," and she'll be "Naomi," high-profile celebrities who were a couple for a little while a few years ago. The verse wraps up by repeating his desire for them to "go f***ing crazy" and to "eat cake by the ocean."
Jonas continues by describing what he's seeing in his mind's eye: "you licking frosting from your own hands / Want another taste, I'm begging, yes, ma'am." The cake metaphor amps up here with the "licking frosting" suggesting an almost silly approach to sexual fantasy, but an approach to sexual fantasy nevertheless.
The second verse finishes with Jonas singing about his desire to move on with this fantasy and to not wait any longer: "I'm tired of all this candy on the dry land." The candy represents fooling around or getting close to having passionate sex, but cake represents the couple getting sexually serious and enthusiastic.
The main message of the song being declared, the outro seems to be an opportunity for the songwriters to be silly and to take the cake metaphor a little further. DNCE sings, "Red velvet, vanilla, chocolate in my life / Funfetti, I'm ready; I need it every night," the only two unique lines in the outro, but they do get the message across: this song is about sex, and it's meant to be fun.
The main reason we can safely say this song is indeed about sex is its pairing with the sexually-charged music video. The music video is clearly intended to be a facsimile of a sexual fantasy. And while the band told NME that the song "could mean the actual act of having sex by the ocean, or it could mean eating pastries by the boardwalk," the music video makes it clear that the true intended purpose of this song is to be about sexual fantasy.
And what did this concept entail, exactly? It is a literal interpretation of eating cake by the ocean as guys and gals of all shapes and sizes dance, cheerlead for the band, and then have a cake fight with a giant slice of dessert.
Talk to me, baby (talk to me, baby)I'm going blind from this sweet, sweet craving, whoa, ohLet's lose our minds and go fucking crazyI-I-I-I-I keep on hoping we'll eat cake by the ocean (hey!)
Walk for me, baby (walk for me now)I'll be Diddy, you'll be Naomi, whoa, ohLet's lose our minds and go fucking crazy (that's right)I-I-I-I-I keep on hoping we'll eat cake by the ocean, hot damn 041b061a72