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Lyrics Soothe the Soul

Lyrics Soothe the Soul

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“Do you ever feel like a plastic bag,

drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?

Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin

like a house of cards, one blow from caving in?”

Firework by Katy Perry has always been one of my favorites. I could never stop myself from jamming out to the kicking beat when it came on the radio. Yet, only recently have I really dug deep into the heart of the song, passed all of the rhythms and melodies, to where the true meaning lies.

Simply glancing at Katy Perry’s Firework makes the listener think of parties or a good time. The beat makes you want to try out all of your new moves, rock along with the sound, but a second look brings you to a whole new perspective. The pop song Firework is about being proud of who you are and screaming it out loud for the whole world to hear. Life can be very difficult at times, with stereotypes and status quo pressuring us to be someone we’re not; but this particular song urges the listener to forget about all of it: the social status, popularity, others’ judgement, etc.

“Cause, baby, you’re a firework

Come on, show ’em what you’re worth

Baby, you’re a firework

Come on, let your colours burst

You don’t have to feel like a wasted space

You’re original, cannot be replaced”

As you can see, Katy Perry’s lyrics are meant to be much more than a good dance beat. Like many other songwriters/singers, Katy wrote this song with a message for all of the listeners, something for us to think about, something that would hopefully inspire the audience. Lyrics are important because they give a song its purpose, its meaning. Although, sometimes the meaning can not be found in the individual words, but the overall story.

When broken down, lyrics of a song are simply poetry, and according to Merriam Webster Dictionary, the word “lyric” is defined as: “a poem that expresses deep personal feelings in a way that is like a song”. A songwriter/singer will pour out their heart and soul in their words when telling a story via music. Love, pain, grief, happiness, and everything in between can contribute to the power behind the song’s meaning. They want the listener to hear them, and understand the message. The writer tells a story with the hopes that we will be able to relate to it. We might portray the meaning as something else, but regardless, we connect.

For example, one of my most favorite songs is Reason by Hoobastank and although it’s mostly about love, I don’t always make that connection. I might be having trouble with school or friends, and I will listen to this song and instantly feel better. It’s true, the words don’t relate to what I’m dealing with, but the feelings I get from the singer’s story is what really helps me.

Music is like medicine for me. Whenever I’m having problems with my friends, school, or just having a bad day in general, I always turn to my music. It’s a great outlet for me, and it really helps me calm my stress. Reality can become too much to bare sometimes and when I need a break, I find the sweet sound of another’s story is a great distraction. Plus, connecting with a song and meaning can be very soothing. When I need to think things over in my life, I listen to serious, slow music; and when I need cheering up, I jam out to my party playlist, with songs such as Firework. All in all, I think if it weren’t for music and their lyrics being there for me when times get tough, I might have gone crazy.

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