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Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you awesome songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, a reflective Justin Bieber sings about seizing the moment and pursuing one’s dreams in his uplifting treatise, “All In It.”
Co-written by Bieber, Jason Boyd, Mark Jackson, Mason Levy and Josh Gudwin, the 2015 tune reminds us that we all have potential to do great things — if we are willing to put in the extra effort.
Bieber sings, “If you got a diamond for all of your passion / Diamond for your dedication / You could be icy like cake / Icy for every occasion / Gotta go hard, yeah / Still don’t condone it / Love is a component / You’re the only opponent / Gotta seize the moment.”
“All In It” is featured as a bonus track on Bieber’s fourth studio album, Purpose. The album, which spawned three U.S Billboard Hot 100 chart toppers, was a tremendous commercial and critical success. MTV called the album “lyrically revealing and sonically appealing.” Fans agreed, as the album made its debut at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 649,000 copies in its first week of release.
For Bieber, the year leading up to the album’s release was a time of soul-searching after a tumultuous period of broken relationships and eyebrow-raising behavior. Throughout the 18 compelling tracks of Purpose, Bieber admits his mistakes and challenges himself to be a better man.
Born in London, Ontario, Canada, in 1994, Justin Drew Bieber loved to perform as a kid. In early 2007, he placed second in a local singing competition. Bieber’s mom, Pattie, posted a video of his performance on YouTube, and then added videos of her 12-year-old son singing covers of various R&B songs. It’s been reported that music executive Scooter Braun accidentally clicked on one of Bieber’s videos — thinking he was watching a 20-year-old doing a cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.” The impressive performer was, in fact, the pre-teen Bieber.
Braun tracked down the youngster in Canada, and with the permission of Bieber’s mom, introduced him to singer-songwriter Usher, who soon became his mentor. Bieber was then signed by record executive L.A. Reid and the rest is history.
Now 28 years old, Bieber has sold an estimated 150 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He’s earned two Grammy Awards, 18 American Music Awards, 26 Billboard Music Awards, 23 Teen Choice Awards and a record 21 MTV Europe Music Awards.
We hope you enjoy the audio track of “All In It.” The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…
“All In It”Written by Justin Bieber, Jason Boyd, Mark Jackson, Mason Levy and Josh Gudwin. Performed by Justin Bieber.
Don’t do nothin’ ‘less your heart’s in itHeart’s in it, heart’s in itDon’t do nothin’ ‘less you’re all in itAll in it, all in it
If you got a 20 for all of your triesTwenty for all of the timesThe times you got back up, woahCould be a billionaire in a yearThat’s how you gotta think ’til you’re thereOn the regular
If you got a diamond for all of your passionDiamond for your dedicationYou could be icy like cakeIcy for every occasionGotta go hard, yeahStill don’t condone itLove is a componentYou’re the only opponentGotta seize the moment
And don’t do nothin’ ‘less your heart’s in itHeart’s in it, heart’s in itDon’t do nothin’ ‘less you’re all in itAll in it, all in itCome again each time‘Til the water runs dryOh don’t do nothin’ ‘less you’re all in itAll in it, all in it
Oh, ohOhOh, oh, oh, oh, ohAll in it, all in it
If I had a guitar missing five stringsA guitar with only one stringI could only play one song, oohA simple melodySimple enough to make the world singStrong enough to make your mood swingYou know what I mean
And don’t do nothin’ ‘less your heart’s in itHeart’s in it, heart’s in itDon’t do nothin’ ‘less you’re all in itAll in it, all in itCome again each time‘Til the water runs dryDon’t do nothin’ ‘less you’re all in itAll in it, all in it
Oh, ohOhOh, oh, oh, oh
All in it, all in it
See, growing up, II always felt like I had to be the best at everythingCause I, I just didn’t think I was good enoughAnd, and maybe if I was good at something that I’d get recognition from that butI quickly found out that I wasn’t gonna get the recognition that I wanted or that I needed becauseBecause people aren’t perfect and by not being perfect you sometimes can disappoint peopleAnd with God it’s like he’s perfectAnd he never disappointsSo I just get my recognition from himAnd give him recognition
Credit: Image by Joe Bielawa, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.