It seems as though she may be participating in prostitution, because she states that she goes to playgrounds during the day to look for men as substance abuse may become costly. Tov Lo claims the drugs and alcohol make her numb, diluting her pain of being left. It seems that her numbness causes her to do things she would normally consider dangerous and to neglect her own personal well-being. “Do It” by Miley Cyrus glorifies and advocates smoking marijuana as she believes the drug has given her wisdom and allowing her to understand the complicated world. Cyrus does not express change talk, as she does not believe she needs to quit or change her behavior. Cyrus states that she enjoys her lifestyle and believes everyone would benefit from smoking marijuana. Due to smoking pot, Cyrus claims she now understands the world around her and can answer questions such as why do birds fly and what love means. She claims that smoking pot has allowed her to attain great knowledge she would have otherwise never known. She claims that when she is high, she can understand and accept the complicated workings of the universe. It seems as though she uses marijuana to help her forget the violence in the world, as she claims that she feels at peace with the universe when she is high. She uses pot as a way of finding peace and freedom in her life. Cyrus shows no ambivalence, because she loves smoking marijuana. Cyrus only expresses sustain talk, citing the reasons she loves marijuana without listing consequences such as legal ramifications. “Tipsy” by J-Kwon glorifies underage drinking and teenage use of illegal substances. J- Kwon sings about being in a night club, convincing others around him to participate in dangerous and illegal acts such as substance abuse, playing with weapons, and sex with
strangers. Even as the situation in the club becomes increasingly dangerous, J-Kwon does not express ambivalence or change talk. He focuses on sustaining his high. It seems as though he enjoys being high because of the bravado the substances provide him as he drunkenly brags about threatening others in the club. It also seems that the substances have altered his mind, because he seems either unaware of or unconcerned for the consequences of his actions. There are commonalities among the songs as each singer expressed either change or sustain talk. The Weeknd is the only one to explore change talk, as the singer is ambivalent about change. The Weeknd expresses both change and sustain talk, which shows his ambivalence. The Beatles, Tov Lo, Miley Cyrus, and J-Kwon only focus on sustain talk by voicing reasons to continue their substance abuse which mostly seem similar. All, including The Weeknd, seem to base their sustain talk around the themes of dependence, relying on the substance to act as a coping mechanism. The Beatles, Tov Lo, The Weeknd, and Miley Cyrus all express the want to relieve negative feelings. The singers use drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism to help them relax.
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