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Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you fun songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today former Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice expresses female empowerment in her 2013 debut single, “Gold.”
In the song, a girl is trying to tell a long-time buddy that she’d like to be more than just friends.
She sings, “Hey, boy, whatcha gonna do / If you want me like I want you, then man up and make your move / I’m Gold, Gold.”
Justice explained to Artistdirect how the word “gold” in the lyrics is intended to convey empowerment, not conceit.
“It’s not like I’m saying, ‘I’m gold. You should love me because I’m amazing and awesome.’ It’s more like, ‘I feel empowered about myself. I feel good as a woman. I have self-respect. You should go for me!'”
Called the “perfect summer tune” by MTV Buzzworthy, “Gold” combines flirtatious, confident lyrics with an upbeat, carefree vibe.
The 28-year-old Justice became a household name in 2010 when she starred on the hit Nickelodeon series Victorious. With the release of her debut single, she followed the leads of fellow Nickelodeon alumnae Ariana Grande and Miranda Cosgrove, who also transitioned from acting to music.
Born in Hollywood, FL, in 1993, Victoria Dawn Justice made her acting debut as a 10-year-old on The WB comedy series, Gilmore Girls. Two years later, she landed the role of Lola Martinez on Nickelodeon’s comedy-drama series, Zoey 101. From 2010 to 2013, she played Tori Vega on Victorious.
After releasing “Gold” in 2013, Justice took a seven-year hiatus from the music industry, returning in December 2020 with her single, “Treat Myself.”
Trivia: Justice’s love interest in the official video for “Gold” is played by Colton Haynes, who starred in the MTV series, Teen Wolf.
Please check out the video of Justice performing “Gold.” The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…
“Gold”Written by Tove Nilsson, Peter Thomas, Jason Weiss, Sam Shrieve, Ben Camp, Jakob Jerlström and Ludvig Söderberg. Performed by Victoria Justice.
I’ve tried to let it goBut these butterflies I can’t ignore‘Cause every time that I look at youKnow we’re in a catch-22We’ve been friends for so long but INeed to tell you what’s on my mindI’m sick and tired of playing games‘Cause I know that you feel the same
I know you inside out, so I’m asking nowTake a chance on meHow much clearer can I be?
Hey, boy, whatcha gonna doIf you want me like I want you, then man up and make your moveI’m Gold, GoldYou, me, good as can be, want to be more than your companySo bet your money on meI’m Gold, Gold
Do I really need to spell it out?My heart skips when you’re aroundI got everything that you needSo come on baby get close to meSo confused that I’m not surprisedFrom greater bells, and rolled the diceKnow all your moves, don’t know why I fallShould put me out, but I want it all
Na ra ta la laI’m Gold, GoldNa ra ta la laI’m Gold, Gold
Been to cool just to tell you straight out, but by now I wish you figured it out, I wish you figured it, I wish you figured it, I wish yaYou’re not a fool you see what I’m about, so by now I think you figured it out, I think you figured it out, I think you figured it out, I think ya!
Credits: Screen capture via YouTube.com.