Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Song Quest: Music as Poetry Assignment Part I

Music as Poetry Assignment

In extending our examination of how music is like poetry, we will be looking at how songs make use of poetic devices.  In order to start this process, there are some steps that you need to complete in class today.

  1. Choose a song that you like.  (It also should be a song that you have access to via YouTube or mp3 file to share.)
  2. Now, make sure that song is school-appropriate.  You may have to find the "clean" version of a song, or you may have to go looking for another one all together.  Run your choice by me if you are uncertain of what school-appropriate means.  Post these lyrics in a reply to this blog post.
  3. Ask yourself if your chosen song has depth to it.  It will need to have some in order to do the second portion of this process, which we will complete in class later on this week.  
  4. Start a set of notes about the song.  
    1. How does this song make creative use of poetic lines?  (Look back to your notes and think back to your most recent poetry assignment--line length, white space, end stop, enjambment, etc.)
    2. How does this song make use of poetic musicality (rhyme, alliteration, assonance, ...maybe even meter)?
    3. **It is not enough to list that something exists in your song.  I expect you to quote specific lines and show that you know what we have been talking about through a sentence or two addressing each quote.**  Go back to questions 1 & 2 and add example lines now..


8 comments:

  1. http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/justinbieber/bealright.html

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  2. If I sing but don't have love
    I waste my breathe with every song
    I bring, an empty voice
    A hollow noise

    If I speak with a silver tongue
    Convince a crowd but don't have love
    I leave a bitter taste
    With every word I say

    (Chorus)
    So let my life be the proof
    The proof of Your love
    Let my love look like You
    And what You're made of
    How you lived, how You died
    Love is sacrifice
    So let my life be the proof
    The proof of Your love

    If I give to a needy soul
    But don't have love then who is poor
    It seems all the poverty
    Is found in me
    So let my life be the proof
    The proof of Your love
    Let my love look like You
    And what You're made of
    How you lived, how You died
    Love is sacrifice
    So let my life be the proof
    The proof of Your love
    Ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
    When it's all said and done
    Ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
    When we sing our final song

    Only love remains
    Only love remains

    If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don't love, I'm nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God's Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, "Jump," and it jumps, but I don't love, I'm nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don't love, I've gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love. (1 Corinthians 13:1-7, The Message)
    So let my life be the proof
    The proof of Your love
    Let my love look like You
    And what You're made of
    How you lived, how You died
    Love is sacrifice
    So let my life be the proof
    The proof of Your love

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  3. Start spreading the news
    I am leaving today
    I want to be a part of it
    New York, New York

    These vagabond shoes
    They are longing to stray
    Right through the very heart of it
    New York, New York

    I want to wake up in that city
    That doesn't sleep
    And find I'm king of the hill
    Top of the heap

    My little town blues
    They are melting away
    I gonna make a brand new start of it
    In old New York

    If I can make it there
    I'll make it anywhere
    It's up to you
    New York, New York

    New York, New York
    I want to wake up in that city
    That never sleeps
    And find I'm king of the hill
    Top of the list
    Head of the heap
    King of the hill

    These are little town blues
    They have all melted away
    I am about to make a brand new start of it
    Right there in old New York

    And you bet [Incomprehensible] baby
    If I can make it there
    You know, I'm gonna make it just about anywhere
    Come on, come through
    New York, New York, New York

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  4. Once I rose above the noise and confusion
    Just to get a glimpse beyond this illusion
    I was soaring ever higher, but I flew too high
    Though my eyes could see I still was a blind man

    Though my mind could think I still was a mad man
    I hear the voices when I'm dreamin', I can hear them say

    Carry on, my wayward son
    For there'll be peace when you are done
    Lay your weary head to rest
    Don't you cry no more

    Masquerading as a man with a reason
    My charade is the event of the season
    And if I claim to be a wise man, it surely means that I don't know
    On a stormy sea of moving emotion

    Tossed about I'm like a ship on the ocean
    I set a course for winds of fortune, but I hear the voices say

    Carry on, my wayward son
    There'll be peace when you are done
    Lay your weary head to rest
    Don't you cry no more

    Carry on, you will always remember
    Carry on, nothing equals the splendor
    Now your life's no longer empty
    Surely heaven waits for you

    Carry on, my wayward son
    There'll be peace when you are done
    Lay your weary head to rest
    Don't you cry (don't you cry no more)


    Read more: Kansas - Carry On Wayward Son Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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  5. Is this the real life?
    Is this just fantasy?
    Caught in a landslide,
    No escape from reality.

    Open your eyes,
    Look up to the skies and see,
    I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy,
    Because I'm easy come, easy go,
    Little high, little low,
    Any way the wind blows doesn't really matter to me, to me.

    Mama, just killed a man,
    Put a gun against his head,
    Pulled my trigger, now he's dead.
    Mama, life had just begun,
    But now I've gone and thrown it all away.

    Mama, ooh,
    Didn't mean to make you cry,
    If I'm not back again this time tomorrow,
    Carry on, carry on as if nothing really matters.

    Too late, my time has come,
    Sent shivers down my spine,
    Body's aching all the time.
    Goodbye, everybody, I've got to go,
    Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth.

    Mama, ooh (any way the wind blows),
    I don't wanna die,
    I sometimes wish I'd never been born at all.

    I see a little silhouetto of a man,
    Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango?
    Thunderbolt and lightning,
    Very, very frightening me.
    (Galileo) Galileo.
    (Galileo) Galileo,
    Galileo Figaro
    Magnifico.

    I'm just a poor boy and nobody loves me.
    He's just a poor boy from a poor family,
    Spare him his life from this monstrosity.

    Easy come, easy go, will you let me go?
    Bismillah! No, we will not let you go.
    (Let him go!) Bismillah! We will not let you go.
    (Let him go!) Bismillah! We will not let you go.
    (Let me go) Will not let you go.
    (Let me go) Will not let you go.
    (Never, never, never let me go) Ah.
    No, no, no, no, no, no, no.
    (Oh, mama mia, mama mia) Mama mia, let me go.
    Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me, for me, for me.

    So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye?
    So you think you can love me and leave me to die?
    Oh, baby, can't do this to me, baby,
    Just gotta get out, just gotta get right outta here.

    (Oh, yeah, oh yeah)

    Nothing really matters,
    Anyone can see,
    Nothing really matters,
    Nothing really matters to me.

    Any way the wind blows.

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  6. Bad boys
    Whatcha want, watcha want
    Whatcha gonna do
    When sheriff John Brown come for you
    Tell me
    Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna dooo
    Yeaheah
    CHORUS:
    Bad boys, bad boys
    Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do
    When they come for you
    Bad boys, bad boys
    Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do
    When they come for you
    When you were eight
    And you had bad traits
    You go to school
    And learn the golden rule
    So why are you
    Acting like a bloody fool
    If you get hot
    You must get cool
    CHORUS
    You chuck it on that one
    You chuck it on this one
    You chuck it on your mother and
    You chuck it on your father
    You chuck it on your brother and
    You chuck it on your sister
    You chuck it on that one and
    You chuck it on me
    (CHORUS x2)
    Nobody naw give you no break
    Police naw give you no break
    Not a soldier mona give you no break
    Not even you idren naw give you no break
    Hehe
    (CHORUS x2)
    Why did you have to act so mean
    Don't you know you're human being
    Born of a mother with the love of a father
    Reflections come and reflections go
    I know sometimes you want to let go
    Hey hey hey
    I know sometimes you want to let go
    Bad boys, bad boys
    A whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do
    When they come for you
    (You're too bad, you're too rude)
    (You're too bad, you're too rude)
    Bad boys, bad boys
    A whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do
    When they come for you
    You chuck it on that one
    You chuck it on this one
    You chuck it on your mother and
    You chuck it on your father
    You chuck it on your brother and
    You chuck it on your sister
    You chuck it on that one and
    You chuck it on me

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  7. Way down Louisiana close to New Orleans
    Way back up in the woods among the evergreens
    There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood
    Where lived a country boy name of Johnny B. Goode
    Who never ever learned to read or write so well
    But he could play the guitar just like ringing a bell

    Go go, go Johnny go go
    Go Johnny go go, go Johnny go go
    Go Johnny go go, Johnny B. Goode

    He use to carry his guitar in a gunny sack
    And sit beneath the trees by the railroad track
    Oh, the engineers used to see him sitting in the shade
    Stroming to the rhythm that the drivers made
    People passing by would stop and say
    Oh my, that little country boy could play

    Go go, go Johnny go go
    Go Johnny go go, go Johnny go go
    Go Johnny go go, Johnny B. Goode

    His mother told him someday he would be a man
    And he would be the leader of a big old band
    Many people coming from miles around
    To hear him play his music when the sun go down
    Maybe someday your name would be in lights
    Saying Johnny B. Goode tonight

    Go go, go go Johnny go
    Go go Johnny go, go go Johnny go
    Go go Johnny go, Johnny B. Goode



    Read more: Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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  8. "Rebel Love Song"

    I cannot hide what's on my mind
    I feel it burning deep inside
    A passion crime to take what's mine
    Let us start living for today

    Never gonna' change my mind
    We can leave it all behind
    Nothin's gonna' stop us
    No not this time

    So take your hand in mine
    It's ours tonight
    This is a rebel love song

    Hearts will sacrifice
    It's do or die
    This is a rebel love song

    My outlaw eyes have seen their lies
    I choke on all they had to say
    When worlds collide what's left inside
    I hold on tight and hear you pray

    Never gonna' change my mind
    We can leave it all behind
    Nothin's gonna' stop us
    No not this time

    So take your hand in mine
    It's ours tonight
    This is a rebel love song

    Hearts will sacrifice
    It's do or die
    This is a rebel love song

    Wild and running for one reason
    They can't stop us from our freedom
    (Wild and running for one reason
    They can't stop us from our freedom)

    Never gonna' change my mind
    We can leave it all behind
    Nothin's gonna' stop us
    No not this time

    So take your hand in mine
    It's ours tonight
    This is a rebel love song

    Hearts will sacrifice
    It's do or die
    This is a rebel love song

    So take your hand in mine
    It's ours tonight
    This is a rebel love song

    Hearts will sacrifice
    It's do or die
    This is a rebel love song

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