What does "reach out" mean in this context:

A: Do you think my song will reach out to everybody?

B: I heard some people say that it's for kids, but that's not true, it reaches out to me and I'm 21.

I got this from a video, but can't figure out the meaning. Google said that "reach out" means "to help," but I don't think that's correct in this context.


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The phrasal verb here is Reach out to:

  • to try to communicate with a person or a group of people, usually in order to help or involve them:
    • The new mayor is reaching out to the local community to involve them in his plans for the city.

(Cambridge Dictionary)

  • Do you think my song will be understood and will be meaningful to everybody?
  • Can I just know how did you get "understand"? All I understood from that definition is that a message to people in order to help or involve them. Jan 30, 2017 at 22:46
  • @OkamaKsakas - communicate in order to involve...the song lyrics are expected to communicate (be understood), that is to convey their meaning/message to those who listen to them.
    – user5267
    Jan 30, 2017 at 22:52
  • Ohhhh my bad I should've searched for communication definition. Sorry for wasting time. <3 Jan 30, 2017 at 22:55

You say "my song". That is an important context.

The idiomatic choice here is not reach out to but simply reach.

Do you think the song will reach everyone?

A person listening to the music can say

The song really reaches out to me.


The song really reaches me.

The phrase reach out to expresses something that you as the composer would do (you would reach out to the audience through your music) or something the audience feels about the music (they feel the music reaches out to them).

The composer will know if he or she is trying to reach out to people, and so a question posed by the composer, using reach out to, must be about how the audience will feel. The composer could ask:

Do you think people will feel the song is reaching out to them?

Do you think the song will reach people?

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