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Short Paper # 3: Song Lyric Analysis “Where is this love? I can’t see it. I can’t touch it. I can’t feel it. I can hear it, I can hear some words but I can’t do anything with your easy words.” – Alice (Natalie Portman), “Closer”. She’s right. You can’t see love, and you can’t touch love, all you can do is hear the words. Oddly enough, words can be a very powerful tool. The words that one chooses to use and the way they put the words together is also very important. Have you ever caught yourself listening to the radio, and the lyrics of the song seem to describe your life perfectly? I have. It seems to happen to me the most with love songs, and more importantly, “break up” love songs. To be categorized as a break up love song, the songs need to talk about how sad and lonely you are since your lover left, how you desperately need and want them back, and how you are unable to function without them. The song lyrics I’ve chosen to analyze are “You’ll Think of Me” by Keith Urban, and “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey. “I woke up early this morning around 4 am, with the moon shining bright as headlights on the interstate. . .” Keith Urban starts out the song just like any other break up love song I’ve heard. He’s missing his lover and is having trouble sleeping now that she’s gone. This seems to be very typical for anyone who has ever experienced a break up before. Very rarely are break up’s consensual, so someone is always going to get hurt, and most of the time, both people end up hurting, even if it is for just a short period of time. “. . . Take your records, take your freedom. Take your memories; I don’t need ‘em. Take your space and take your reasons, but you’ll think of me. . .” The first part of the chorus is where this song differs from most break up love songs I’ve heard. Those aren’t usually the words you hear coming from someone who’s just
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course SOC 210 taught by Professor Professor during the Fall '05 term at Wisconsin.

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