There is a rampant misconception spreading in all people. A nimble idea that has seeded in the minds of the public everywhere. Said misnomer is that music lyrics have no meaning anymore, such a thought does have a base in the eloquently worded ‘Work’ by Rihanna which has been put together by 5 lyricists and possesses an emotion evoking first few lines which are as follows –
“Work, work, work, work, work, work
You see me I be work, work, work, work, work, work.”
Really classy stuff. Yet, this form of music which lays emphasis on the background melody and tune forms the surface of modern music and once one scratches away at that surface, true gold begins to reveal itself. Insightful lyrics, sultry vocals and a perfectly complementary background track and to prove my point I have chosen 3 tracks, which in my opinion are the gold that reveals itself. These songs may not have been the biggest hits but will surely conjure up some feelings in you. Following is a more in-depth analysis of the songs-
Get free by Major Lazer – One of the first hits from the predominantly reggae group, ‘Get free’ is a song about the spread of consumerism in third-world countries. The video was shot entirely in Jamaica and follows various day to day scenarios which showcase the harmful effects of American brand influence in the country. The video aims to highlight poverty caused by the desire to stay up to date with all the new products from around the world. The people are watching boxing matches on TVs that they cannot afford, they are carrying mobile phones and are clad in tattered clothes. Ultimately we can see that the people of Jamaica have been truly consumed by consumerism.
Wings by Macklemore – Ah! Nike. Who isn’t mesmerised by the swoosh sign and all the glamour that is promised along with it. The style, the status. Although it pains me to admit it, I am addicted to shoes and thus the song resonated with me deeply. The song is about a similar addiction based on the real life of the artist. He bought his first pair when he was 7 and couldn’t stop after that, not even due to the fact that Macklemore lived in a not so well to do neighbourhood and his friend was mugged for his pair of Nike 4s. The importance given to the pair of shoes by his peers cemented their value and exclusivity in his eyes and, the never-ending quest to preserve them follow suit. The final paragraph of the song perfectly summarises the inner emotions and thoughts of the artist and is as follows – “It started out, with what I wear to school That first day, like these are what make you cool And this pair, this would be my parachute. So much more than just a pair of shoes. Nah, this is what I am.. What I wore, this is the source of my youth This dream that they sold to you. For a hundred dollars and some change. Consumption is in the veins. And now I see it’s just another pair of shoes.”
Wednesday Morning by Macklemore – Another appearance on the list by Macklemore which houses some staggeringly moving lyrics. The words and tune are so encompassing that I feel it best if I just convey them as they are. The song is based on Macklemore’s reaction to results of the USA presidential elections. His most thought-provoking lines, in my opinion, are –
- Humanity is a privilege, we can’t give in, when they build walls, we’ll build bridges. This is resistance, we’re resilient, when they spread hate, we shine brilliant.
- I’m not moving to Canada, not fleeing the nation, No time for apathy, no more tears and no complainin’. Gotta fight harder for the next four and what we’re faced with got my daughter in my arms and he is not gonna raise her.
These lines reference the various statements made by Donald Trump and are essentially Macklemore’s view on the whole affair. I do not condone or go against these words and I simply respect his words and their ability to invoke ponderance.
Therefore, in conclusion, I would urge you, all of you, to let your minds be guided by music and not only use music as a platform on which you can ‘twerk’. Music has a deeper meaning, a hidden message; all we need to do is to metaphorically tune into the right frequency and let our cerebrum do the rest.
See also –
The links for the 3 aforementioned songs are –
- Get free – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytIfSuy_mOA
- Wings – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAg3uMlNyHA
- Wednesday Morning – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAg3uMlNyHA