WARNING: Music contains lyrics which may not be suitable for children. Also, if you must listen to Timber listen to the rendition by Postmodern Jukebox. It’s better.
The song begins with Kesha singing, “It’s going down, I’m yelling timber / You better move, you better dance / Let’s make a night you won’t remember / I’ll be the one you won’t forget.” First, you need to consider the context. In this context, the female appears to be saying she wants to “hook up” by being the “one you won’t forget…” in a, most likely, drunken evening (hence the “night you won’t remember”). What does the Bible say about this?
The Bible is very clear – don’t get drunk (Proverbs 20:1, 1 Corinthians 6:10, Ephesians 5:18). Scripture is clear on drunkenness. But, why does Kesha want to be the “one you won’t forget…” – what does that entail? As I mentioned above, it’s assumed to be a hook up. That said, let’s delve further by continuing into Pitbull’s rap in the first verse.
In this verse, Pitbull says, “The bigger they are, the harder they fall / These bigiddy boys, are diggidy dogs / I have ’em like Miley Cyrus, clothes off / Twerkin in their bras and thongs. (Timber) / Face down. booty up. (Timber) / That’s the way we like to what (Timber) / I’m slicker than an oil spill / She say she won’t, but I bet she will.” Whew. I think Pitbull made it clear exactly what he wants. He wants half-naked to fully naked girls. He wants sex. He wants to what? Timber which, to Pitbull, is a euphemism for sex, apparently.
Sex was designed for marriage (Genesis 2:24, 1 Corinthians 7:8-9). One can only assume that Pitbull is not married to the random girls he’s wanting to see “twerkin in their bras and thongs” at the clubs. Just a hunch. Sex is a beautiful, amazing thing where two become one. God does not want us to be ashamed of sex, but to embrace it in a Biblically ordained manner, in marriage (1 Corinthians 7:3-5). Sex outside of marriage, however, is not ordained by God and not endorsed (1 Corinthians 6:18). As Christ says, lust in the heart for a woman is adultery and sinful (Matthew 5:27-28). If that lust is sinful, of course the act of sex outside of marriage be sinful as well. For those who know Christ, we are to control our sexual urges and keep them where they are a blessing – inside of marriage (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, Hebrews 13:4). If you’re trolling for girls who are twerking in their skivvies, you are not glorifying God with your actions.
The song continues, “Swing your partner round and round / End of the night, it’s goin’ down / One more shot, another round / End of the night, it’s goin’ down.” More getting drunk, more planning for outside of marriage sex. Also known as – more sin. A classic expression is “sin begets sin.” The more we sin, the more we desire sin as it draws us in (Ephesians 4:17-19, (James 1:14-16). Our spirit may be willing to fight, our flesh is weak (Mark 14:38, Matthew 26:41) and we all fall short and sin (Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:8). The more we sin, the more we live in it. It corrupts us completely. Songs like this describe a corruption of society through an embracing of hook-up culture. It’s demeaning and beneath both Pitbull and Kesha.
The second verse is a little less coherent than the first and is predominantly bragging. Pitbull says, “Look up in the sky, it’s a bird it’s a plane / Nah it’s just me ain’t a d*** thing changed / Live in hotels, swing on planes /Blessed to say, money ain’t a thing /Club jumpin’ like LeBron now. (Voli) / Order me another round. (Homie) / We about to clown – why? / Cause it’s about to go down.” We talked about bragging a lot when I analyzed Aloe Blacc’s “The Man.” As mentioned before, arrogance is not a virtue (1 Samuel 2:3). Thinking highly of yourself is criticized in the Bible (Proverbs 16:5, Proverbs 26:12, Romans 12:3) as the word calls you to boast in the Lord (Jeremiah 9:23-24, 1 Corinthians 1:31). Pitbull boasting in himself, bragging about his money and ladies cause “it’s about to go down…” is vanity and foolishness. Focusing a life based on pleasure, as described in the song, is foolishness (Ecclesiastes 2:1-3).
The song then returns to the hook and chorus. More sex. More drunkenness. More sin.
Going out and hooking up is a problem with our culture today. We see it in movies, television, and music. We see it in our actions. I knew many (myself included to a certain degree in my youth) who embraced this type of hookup culture. It’s fun. Sin is always fun for a season. But, in the end, it’s a waste and unfulfilling. True fulfillment is found in the Lord, not in the things of this world. The things of this world are fleeting, passing away. The things of Heaven, the treasure of the Lord is eternal and ever fulfilling.
If you have embraced hook up culture, come to Christ now. He will cleanse you. Through His blood shed for You on the cross, He has already paid the wages of your sin. He will take you as you are and provide the cleansing you need to change.