Ride or Die

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"Ride or Die" is a fictional Michael Jackson song written by Chris in response to a Discord request for a sample of a "1214 Michael Jackson song".

Background

In the midst of his delusions about being possessed by Sonichu, and also a version of himself from another dimension, Chris-1218 explained that where Chris-1214 comes from, the world is mostly the same, but there are some differences between that world and ours. He went on to claim that the biggest difference is that Michael Jackson did not die in 2009 but lived a few years longer, releasing two more albums before dying of a drug overdose prior to a medical operation (much like in real life). Jackson's mental state while writing his last two albums was one that reflected acknowledgment that he was getting old and at risk of dying, and a desire to remain young at heart in the face of old age. One wonders if Chris was subconsciously drawing from his own insecurities when he came up with the poem, particularly when Jackson himself was a known manchild (albeit one that was incredibly productive and genuinely talented across multiple fields, unlike Chris).

Lyrics

"Sonichu" provided a sample of the lyrics to "Ride or Die" with his eighth Discord interview as a means of proof that Chris-1214's account was authentic. Included is a verse and part of the chorus:

I'm gettin' older, I don't lie.

I do not feel the age. I've got my wisdom, my faith; I'm a sage.

Life is a stage, we play our parts, but in my life I stay young at heart.

I've been up, down and around. I'm not from this part of town.

I've come from the hood of child, their youthful antics are from the wild.

It is a miracle to keep that mood, when getting older's got you brood.

I'm living my life in this later age, I am a bit of a sage, but my youth keeps me wild and alive.

Gotta stay young, because it's all Ride or Die.

Analysis

Aside from the song's title, the lyrics lack Chris's signature random capitalization that's typically associated with his writing style (although the use of semicolons in pop song lyrics is unusual to say the least). However, the lyrics are inconsistent between using contractions and listing out more formal words, and the poem seems to lack Jackson's type of lyrical structure in places. It also doesn't have the structure of either a standard verse or a chorus.

The expression "ride or die" was originally used by motorcyclists who thought that life wasn't worth living if they couldn't ride their bikes, but it's become much more common in recent years to refer to a lover or friend who is loyal to the point of death. Neither definition makes much sense in the context of the song; it may be meant to suggest that 1214 MJ fears he will die if he slows down and stops making music.

The writings of Chris-Chan

Poetry: "Valentines Day Hymn" | "For My True Love, I Would…" | "Hard Love Quest" | "I Want a Girlfriend for Christmas" | "Saddest Heart in the World" | "Song of Christian" | "Sonichu's Ode to Rosechu" | "An Inspired Poem for Jackie" | "PAIN Enduring since October 29, 2013" | "Ride or Die"

Prose: "How the Pokémon Came into Our PokéBalls" | "A Week With Christian Chandler" | "My big 18th party" | "Bionic the Hedgehog" | "Sonichu & Rosechu… The Genesis of the Lovehogs" | Sonichu's News Dash | "Chris + Sarah's Life-Shares" | "Story of My Current Days" | "The High School Story" | "A Sonichu and Rosechu Christmas Story" | Chris's Response to the Terrorism Attacks in Paris | "The Awakening of a CPU, AKA The Idea Guy Corruptions"


See also: Chris and writing