Thursday, January 31, 2013

Weekly lyrical Intepretation

Viva La Vida - Coldplay

"I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own"

Talking of a ruler with immense command. Seas of people would rise at his command.
This is contrasted with the fact that he has been displaced from ruling. (It's interesting that he sleeps in the morning.) Now he is a servant, or a beggar. "sweeping the streets."
From riches to rags, from kingship to poverty.

Numb - Linkin Park

"Tired of being what you want me to be
Feeling so faithless lost under the surface
Don't know what you're expecting of me
Put under the pressure of walking in your shoes"

Looking at the lyrics of the song it doesn't say who it is about, so it doesn't have to be a teenager and his/her parents. However it does seem to be more teenage based. The Lyrics suggests that he/she is tired of being "expected" to be like everyone else whether by parents, school peers or even work colleges. This person has been pushed and pushed to live up to the expectations of the others around them, this leads them to become numb to the people around them. The lyrics "be more like me and less like you" and "put under the pressure of walking in your shoes" tells us that they wish to do as they want with their life, not have it ruled over by the expectations of the other people.

Three little birds - Bob Marley

"Don't worry about a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin': "Don't worry about a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right!"

Three Little Birds is full of Christian ideology. There are three birds representing The Trinity (God) which sing sweet melodies that are "pure and true". Their message is not to worry. Read Matthew 6:25-27. Jesus talks about not to worry and and uses "birds" as the example of creatures that do not worry. Christ was found to have been risen from death in the morning. The singer rose up in the morning and smiled with the "rising sun" (Rising Son). Whether it was intentional or not, there are too many coincidences for this song not to represent Christ.

Lose yourself - Eminem

"But hold your nose cause here goes the cold water 
His hoes don't want him no mo, he's cold product 
They moved on to the next schmoe who flows 
He nose dove and sold nada 
So the soap opera is told and unfolds 
I suppose it's old partner', but the beat goes on 
Da da dum da dum da da "

This is the game: find the newest, hottest artist and exploit him until he stops producing. The fame of a rapstar is owned by the game, not by the artist, and will go where the game tells them to go. As soon as the current hot artist falters, a new one is already waiting in the wings, and the spotlight shifts... leaving only public examination and humiliation at the hands of the media. The irony is that this process is obvious and well known, but it still keeps happening because it is the nature of the beast.


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