Thursday, October 19, 2006

Chase This

I'm writing an entry now to plan out what I'm going to say in this Media paper I'm working on. My reasons for doing so are twofold: firstly it's a thought-organization thing for me, and secondly it's an update on my life! Woo! I know it's exciting.

So, the assignment is: ...oh wait, I already talked about this in my post "Mission: Ambition". Yeah. Ok, well, recap: basically I have to do a detailed analysis of a popular song. I've decided to talk about Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol. It's a very sentimental piece, a little sappy, but a good song. I chose it because I thought I could relate to it best and when I was listening to it I had some ideas pop into my head. If you read the part where last discussed this assignment you know that I'm supposed to (or at least, invited to) talk about elements of the song besides the lyrics. Lyrics are certainly going to be one of the main components of my paper though, so for reference, here they are:

"Chasing Cars" by Gary Lightbody

We'll do it all
Everything
On our own

We don't need
Anything
Or anyone

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

I don't quite know
How to say
How I feel

Those three words
Are said too much
They're not enough

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

Forget what we're told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden that's bursting into life

Let's waste time
Chasing cars
Around our heads

I need your grace
To remind me
To find my own

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

Forget what we're told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden that's bursting into life

All that I am
All that I ever was
Is here in your perfect eyes, they're all I can see

I don't know where
Confused about how as well
Just know that these things will never change for us at all

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?



My plan for discussion is to say that the most important elements of this song are the lyrics and the mood. From the lyrics we can infer that society has become more accepting of romanticized ideas, such as a glamorized view of wasting time.
"let's waste time chasing cars around our heads"
The line, "would you lie with me and just forget the world" infers that there are things in the world that merit being forgotten. More specifically I would argue that it is reminiscent of the writer's dissatisfaction with certain parts of society or life in general - and this of course, his fans identify with. Many feelings portrayed in the lyrics are seen too in the mood - however there is also some contrast.

Anyway I think I'll stop rambling and just write the thing. Gotta bite the bullet, this isn't really helping. I'm just. So. Tired. 8:30am classes - I hate you.

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