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Song Analysis of “Team” by Lorde

Hey guys! I’ll be doing another song analysis of my favorite song which is “Team” as popularized by Lorde. This song perfectly describes teenagers who are coming of age as stated in some stanzas or lines. Lorde simply wrote this song as tribute to her friends.

So, I’ll be doing an analysis of this song by stanzas and see what message Lorde is trying to send to us. These stanzas will all be italicized , so as to quote the song.

“Wait till you’re announced
We’ve not yet lost all our graces
The hounds will stay in chains
Look upon your greatness and she’ll send the call out
Send the call out

The first stanza of “Team” trying to tell us not to lose hope in everything. We still have a long way to go. Instead of focusing on our imperfections, why not focus on what we have and love it?

“Call all the ladies out, they’re in their finery
A hundred jewels on throats
A hundred jewels between teeth
Now bring my boys in, their skin in craters like the moon
The moon we love like a brother, while he glows through the room
Dancin’ around the lies we tell
Dancin’ around big eyes as well
Even the comatose, they don’t dance and tell

Second stanza describes teenage girls and boys in their coming of age, such as dressing up and wearing braces. They’re just like us who had gone through this stage. The message that Lorde is trying to tell us in this stanza is to embrace our flaws. We can still be beautiful in spite of our imperfections.

“We live in cities you’ll never see onscreen
Not very pretty, but we sure know how to run things
Livin’ in ruins of a palace within my dreams
And you know we’re on each other’s team”

The world is always worshiping wrong things as explained through this chorus. It’s not the same as what the media tells us. Life is not always that easy or pretty ,contrary to what the media is saying. Life is reality. Reality can still provide us true friends, happiness and love that we deserve.

“I’m kind of over gettin’ told to throw my hands up in the air
So there”

Lorde clearly states her displeasure or distaste on being pushed around or influenced by peer pressures. We all have our own life. Why let other people push us around like we’re robots?

“So all the cups got broke
Shards beneath our feet
But it wasn’t my fault
And everyone’s competing for a love they won’t receive
Cause what this palace wants is release”

Fights. Brawls. Competitions for love. This is clearly described in the stanza. Why do we all compete for love even when we know we won’t receive the same kind of love we expect from  other people?

“I’m kind of over gettin’ told to throw my hands up in the air
So there
I’m kind of older than I was when I reveled without a care
So there”

We’re all sick and tired of being pushed around or being told what to do and what not to do. Rebellion results from being controlled with our lives.

“We live in cities you’ll never see onscreen
Not very pretty, but we sure know how to run things
Livin’ in ruins of a palace within my dreams
And you know we’re on each other’s team

We’re on each other’s team
And you know we’re on each other’s team
We’re on each other’s team
And you know and you know and you know”

So, basically, the concept behind this song by Lorde is to help each other get rid of the crap or lies that the media is telling us. Instead of competing with each other, we team up, hence the title of this song.

Disclaimer: I don’t own any of Lorde’s song , so I’m citing or quoting every line.

 

 

 

 

 

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“Team” – Lorde

The song “Team” was written by New Zealand singer and Joel Little while travelling around the world under her album Single. Team is a hybrid of two genres alternative pop and electro-pop which features an instrumentation of synthesizer, bass and snare drum over a handclap based beat. Lorde wrote this song as a tribute to her friends and country.

The filming of this song’s music video took place in an abandoned building called Red Hook Grain Terminal , located at Red Hook, Brooklyn and its content was inspired by Lorde’s dream of an own world for teenagers. This music  video was actually directed by Young Replicant. Team was performed by Lorde on several occasions, including Late Show with David Letterman and at ARIA Music Awards of 2013. It was also featured on the episode of Grey’s Anatomy season 10 (aired in December 2013).

Lorde explains one of the lines from her song ‘We live in cities you’ll never see on screen’ which refers to speaking for the minorities from small cities and ‘I’m kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in the air’ , in which she expresses her distaste in common contemporary popular lyrics which tells the listeners to put their hands up in the air.

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Song Analysis of “Reflection” by Christina Aguilera

Look at me 
You may think you see
 
Who I really am
 
But you’ll never know me
 
Every day
 
It’s as if I play a part
 
Now I see
 
If I wear a mask
 
I can fool the world
 
But I cannot fool my heart
 

Once in our life, we face judgment for showing our true self. It may be from our family or other people. Just like us, Mulan, the heroine in the story, encounters this similar situation where she has to hide her true identity just to take her father’s place and serve in the army.

Who is that girl I see 
Staring straight back at me?
 
When will my reflection show
 
Who I am inside?
 

Sometimes, we ask ourselves who we really are and when we can really be free to reveal the real us to the world.

I am now 
In a world where I
 
Have to hide my heart
 
And what I believe in
 
But somehow
 
I will show the world
 
What’s inside my heart
 
And be loved for who I am
 

We desire to be loved for who we really are. We also want to show what our heart really wants and what we believe in.

Who is that girl I see 
Staring straight back at me?
 
Why is my reflection
 
Someone I don’t know?
 
Must I pretend that I’m
 
Someone else for all time?
 
When will my reflection show
 
Who I am inside?
 

We all go through this phase when we want to show who we are instead of fooling the world by faking our identity. We want our reflection to reveal us and not just some other person.

There’s a heart that must be 
Free to fly
 
That burns with a need to know
 
The reason why
 

We desire freedom to express who we are.

Why must we all conceal 
What we think, how we feel?
 
Must there be a secret me
 
I’m forced to hide?
 
I won’t pretend that I’m
 
Someone else for all time
 
When will my reflection show
 
Who I am inside?
 
When will my reflection show
 
Who I am inside?

Do we really need to hide our real identity just to impress others for who we are not? Why must there be a need for us to conceal what we really feel?

 

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Song Analysis of “I Dreamed A Dream” from Les Miserables

Basically, this song from the musical “Les Miserables” speaks of Fantine’s  pain , anger, and sadness on having been left by Tholomyes, with nothing but a child to look after..  Despite her ugly past, she still hoped that this man would come back and that they would spend their lives together.

Analysis  of this song will be by line or stanza.

There was a time when men were kind
And their voices were soft
And their words inviting
There was a time when love was blind
And the world was a song
And the song was exciting
There was a time….
Then it all went .. wrong

Gone were the days that all men would practice chivalry and be gentle to ladies, with their sweet caressing words and perform acts of kindness. Rarely would you hear them nowadays speaking to women softly. This was how Fantine felt right after her lover , Felix Tholomyes , left her with nothing but a child to feed and care for.  Everything went wrong for her – getting fired from a job (because of her jealous co-workers’ misconception of her) , forced to go through prostitution just to earn money and feed her child, and almost getting into jail for allegedly hitting a man who harassed her.

I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high and life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving

Fantine dreamed of living a life that was worth living, where everything will be just alright, hoping that Tholomyes’ love for her would be the same as it was. She dreamed that God would be merciful enough to forgive her for her wrong deeds. Just like Fantine, we all dream of this kind of life, where everything will go smoothly , but sadly we had to go through tough times and face the ugly truth of what the real world shows us.

But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
As they turn your dream to shame

The word ‘tiger’ in the stanza  simply refers to our enemies (either human beings or our emotions like fear).  They may come to crush all our hopes and dreams, turning them to frustrations. The line ‘With their voices soft as thunder’ is an ironic expression. No matter how soft their words may be,  you could just feel the harshness behind it, especially with how they utter words.

He slept a summer by my side
He filled my days with endless wonder
He took my childhood in his stride
But he was gone when autumn came

Fantine felt all alone when Tholomyes, the father of Cosette, abandoned her.  There are instances when we feel like our loved one would someday leave us, just like how Tholomyes left Fantine. We feel like we’re already unloved and all alone, like no one cares for us anymore. But we’re not. It’s just that they are not good for us or that we deserve guys who are better than them.

And still I dream he’ll come to me
That we would live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather

Fantine still felt hopeful that the love of her life would come back to her and spend the rest of their lives together. But everything turned out the other way. There are dreams that just don’t come true for everyone. There are times that we feel like life is being unfair to us whenever things don’t go our way, but in reality, it is not what God wills for us and that He has better plans for us. The word ‘storms’ here refers to our fate. We cannot control them, no matter how hard we try to do so.

I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I’m living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed a dream
I dreamed

Almost all of us could relate to Fantine’s fate. She hoped to live a better life than what she had experienced – which was a hellish one for her. She wished that it would be a different one. It’s like the life that she lived destroyed her dream to live a happy one.

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Song Analysis of “Do You Hear The People Sing?” from Les Miserables

As the title says itself, “Do You Hear The People Sing?” , this song expresses every man’s right to fight for freedom, especially from the clutch of slavery. This holds true as well here in the Philippines, where every man fights for freedom against the corrupt practices and inequality or injustices shown upon the people.

This analysis of the song from the musical play Les Miserables, will be line-by-line or stanza.

‘Do you hear the people sing?
Singing the song of angry men?
It is the music of the people who will not be slaves again!’

As citizens of our own country, let this be our nation song as well as we fight against the injustices/inequality shown here in Philippines with it being our ‘Patria’ . Just like how the people/citizens of France fought for their country and their freedom, so should we. We are not to let ourselves become slaves to the tyranny of the government. We are those angry men crying out for freedom and equality and for the betterment of our country.

‘When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start when tomorrow comes!’

Our unity with our fellow men matters, especially when taking a stand. When our heart beats with those of our fellow people, we unite to fight for a better life that we yearn or long to see.

‘Will you join in our crusade
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Beyond the barricade is there a world you long to see?
Then join in the fight that will give you the right to be free!’

The question here is: Are we willing to take the stand to fight for freedom? Are we even willing to take a risk? Will there be a life at the barricade that we long to see after we face death? Then we join in this fight that will set us free from the government’s tyranny towards us and our fellow citizens. We don’t wait for forever.

‘Will you give all you can give
So that our banner may advance?
Some will fall and some will live
Will you stand up and take your chance?
The blood of the martyrs will water the meadows of France!’

Just as the line goes, how much are we willing to give or sacrifice? And raise the flag of freedom high enough? There are some who will fight to death while some would survive the battle. How brave and strong are we to stand up and risk our lives for the sake of our country? Are we even willing to become martyrs and die for what we believe in and be remembered by other people?

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Song Analysis of “Perfect” by Pink

Everyone has its own experience of being mistreated or being misunderstood by most people and misjudged for who he or she really is… why do they judge other people ?well, maybe because they do have a reason .. sometimes, we need to do a little reflection on ourselves as well, like ask ourselves these questions: “What causes these people to judge us? Is it the way we act, talk or dress up?” , “Am I respecting and loving myself?” , and “Do I degrade, say or think negatively about myself too?” If the answer to most of the questions is yes, then maybe it’s time that we need to change ourselves for the better. It’s not because we wanted to be perfectly beautiful, but it’s because we wanted to be loved for who we are. If we wanted to be loved, then we should love ourselves first..

Mistreated

We get this kind of treatment at times from other people — whether at school, at work, or even our own home…. what hurts the most is that some of us try to fit in or do what other people are doing even if it means getting ourselves into trouble…just to be accepted by them and if they don’t , we feel bad about it. Sadly, most teenagers who get this kind of treatment end up hating themselves just because they don’t feel accepted by a certain group of people, worst is.. they commit suicide because they feel or believe that their lives are no longer worth living. We are not responsible for other people’s actions or treatment towards us but rather we are responsible for our own actions. No matter what we do or how we act cool, we cannot please other people and that’s a fact we must accept.

Misunderstood

Judgments, harsh criticisms.. negative comments.. we hear them a lot, most especially from people who we think hate us. You could hear those people making snide remarks behind your back….we even get judged for the way we act, the way we look or dress up, and the way we talk. We may think to ourselves: “Who do they think they are to critic us? Who do they think they are to say bad things about us?” but before we think about those things, let’s ask ourselves as well: “are we acting the way we should act? are we dressing up properly and talking properly?

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Analysis on the song “Don’t Stop Believing” by Glee s. 5

The Glee season 5 version of “Don’t Stop Believing”

Basically, this song tells about believing in yourself and your potentials. Do not let other people’s negative comments let you down or keep you from reaching your goals. It’s not what the other people say that are important, but rather what you believe you are and what you can show. There are some people who would say or even tell us straight to our face this statements: “You can’t reach your dreams” , “You’re crazy” , “it’s impossible for you to reach your dreams”, “You don’t have the potential” . There may be also times that you are thinking or telling this to yourself. Screw all these negative thoughts and replace them with : “I can reach my dreams..” , “I am blessed/gifted” , “Nothing is ever impossible” , “I have the potential…”

It doesn’t matter what people think or say about us, it’s how we see ourselves, and ask “Are these people’s negative thoughts worth pondering upon? Do I let them stop me from reaching my goals or pursuing my dreams?”

God gave us different kinds of talent and He doesn’t want us to waste what He has given us. We use it to serve/honor Him . Never mind those people who degrade you, make fun of you, criticize you in whatever you are doing!