"The DJ Is Crying For Help" is a song about getting older when you've still got a younger soul inside.
I'm all 17 at 35
Now I don't know if there's anything else
The DJ is cryin' for help
Despite being in his 30s, singer Jack Met has yet to integrate into the traditional roles of society. While all his peers are living grown-up lives with jobs that pay the bills, he's "got no skills except gettin' high." Met worries there's something wrong with him for still retaining a teenage spirit.
The song concludes with Jack Met picturing himself as a DJ, waiting in vain for other people to turn up to a party.
And now I'm all alone
Waitin' 'til the party starts
Be kind to me, be kind and wait it out
According to AJR, "The DJ is Crying For Help" is about the fear of having peaked already. "You set these huge expectations for your life early on, and the song is about the moment when you realize life is not turning out the way you planned," they explained.
AJR released "The DJ Is Crying For Help" as a promotional single from their fifth album. In an Instagram Story Q&A session, AJR's musical craftsman Ryan Met said his favorite lyric on the record is from this song's opening verse.
Everyone's laughin' at me
But not like they used to
The room's spinnin' all around me
But not like I'm used to
For years, folks made fun of Jack Met for being a big kid. Now that AJR has found success in a profession where you're expected to act young, people are laughing with him, not at him.
Austin Roa, AJR's touring photographer, shot the video. He filmed it on a cloudy day in Paris during a day off from the band's tour dates.