Ordinary People (song)

Ordinary People (Song)

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Ordinary People (song)

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"Ordinary People" is the second single from John Legend's album Get Lifted. The single has been certified gold by the RIAA. Critics were positive towards the song, praising it for its raw emotion and simplicity. The track also ended up being featured on the compilation album Now That's What I Call Music 19!. The song won the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

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The song was originally intended to be part of a The Black Eyed Peas project, but will.i.am decided to let John Legend keep the track, removing the Black Eyed Peas' vocals entirely.


The song's lyrical themes include contrast, contradiction, guilt, doubt and fear. Legend sings about how people make errors of judgment in relationships ("I know I misbehaved/And you've made your mistakes/And we both still got room left to grow."), and that fighting and making up in the end is a regular obstacle: "And though love sometimes hurts/I still put you first/And we'll make this thing work/But I think we should take it slow." The lyrics include parallel structure to address the common ups-and-downs of maintaining a relationship: "Maybe we'll live and learn/Maybe we'll crash and burn/Maybe you'll stay/Maybe you'll leave/Maybe you'll return/Maybe another fight/Maybe we won't survive/Maybe we'll grow, we never know." The song's title itself is taken from its famous chorus, "We're just ordinary people/We don't know which way to...
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