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March 8th, 2003

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diamondorange:
I'm currently feelin: thirsty thirsty
I'm currently hearin: U2 - Always

The song analysis thing in my English class is coming up next week. I got a worksheet on Friday with questions on the song that I'm going to present to class. I have the whole weekend to chose a song to present which wil be approved on Monday. Which U2 song do you think would be best to fill this out with?

The song you choose needs lyrics. The lyrics cannot have any profanity , swearing violence, explicit sex, satanic messages or degradation to anyone or any group of people. It also cannot have any references, explicit or implied, about glorifying gangs or needles killing. After you choose your song, get a copy of all of the lyrics to help you answer the following questions. If you choose to present to the class (read the lyrics and play the song), be prepared to answer one or more of these questions for the class. (50 points/20 points extra credit)
1. Give the title and artist of this song.
2. Staple the lyrics to this sheet of paper. (No credit will be given without lyrics)
3. Why do you like this song?
4. Does the song inspire you? Startle you? Help you understand your own feelings? Make you angry? Happy? Explain.
5. What, if anything, does the song teach you about society? About relationships or interactions of friends? Sweethearts? Family? Explain.
6. Is the song optimistic or pessimistic? Explain why.
7. How does the title relate to this song? Is it a good title? Does it grab your attention?
8. What is the central theme of the song? (love, friendship, happiness, kindness, etc)
9. Is it a universal theme? (Does it happen all over the world?) Explain.
10. What is the mood of this song and how does the song present the mood? (example: cheerful, gentle, somber, etc)
11. What is the song's style? (rock 'n roll, country, jazz, children's, etc)
12. Give at least two examples of a poetic device. (simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, hyperbole, personification, alliteration) Explain.


Note: No one has to fill that out! I just need some opinions on which song would fit the best to do this project on.
 
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From:glitterkittykid
Date:March 8th, 2003 04:43 pm (UTC)
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Really, you need to do this for yourself. Your teacher is asking YOU about YOUR opinions and FEELINGS not us.

And, not to be critical, but this is very simple task that you can probably do on your own.

But once it's done I'd like to see what YOU have to say!
From:diamondorange
Date:March 8th, 2003 06:24 pm (UTC)
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I do understand that and I am capable of doing this on my own. I just thought that it would be interesting to see what songs people at this community would choose.
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From:glitterkittykid
Date:March 8th, 2003 06:49 pm (UTC)

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Yes, that would be interesting.. and there was a post a lot like this a few weeks back.

It just came across that you wanted our opinions for your homework
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From:rockontheedge
Date:March 8th, 2003 04:55 pm (UTC)
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Wow! What a neat project. I wish i could play U2 songs for my classes! :) I actually got to choose a song i could do a lyrical analysis of for a poetry unit, and i did "Walk On", i thought it was a song with a lot of deep meanings, and as i looked at it (the sheet with the lyrics ended up being covered in my little notes) i just saw more and more things, things like "home is where the *hurt* is". There are tons of great literary devices in that too. But i think One would be good too, especially if you explained the story behind it and its importance to U2. Same with Kite, and how it changed, for Bono, from being about his kids to about his own father. Maybe even Hands or Stuck. Wake Up Dead Man would be excellent to do, if it weren't for that slight profanity issue :P. If you like the older stuff better maybe you could try something like SBS, although i think a lot more from the earlier songs comes across live rather than in the lyrics. Because if you only look at the lyrics of a song like WOWY, it seems kind of unremarkable...but the real song, just has this power....oy. I'm so rambly! Have fun doing this.
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From:jackieblue
Date:March 8th, 2003 06:24 pm (UTC)
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"One"

Also, in reference to one previous poster who said they did a similar project on "Walk On" - I actually QUOTED that song when writing my paper titled "Repatriation: Science versus Spirituality" and MAN did my prof love that I used popular culture to put forth my argument and used it WELL :)

U2 - good for more than just damned good music :)
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From:rockontheedge
Date:March 9th, 2003 11:19 am (UTC)
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Cool! LOL i always find ways to work in U2 lyrics to my papers. I did one on Gandhi and i snuck in a bit of one, and i quoted those haunting lines from Hands that built america before my personal narrative (which was about my experiences on sep 11) and from SIAM at the end.....really moving stuff. I'm glad your teacher liked it! :D
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From:chelsea_energy
Date:March 8th, 2003 06:34 pm (UTC)

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Without a question I would pick When I Look at the World. I almost want to fill that whole thing out, I love it so much. For me, that song has so much meaning.
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From:wydok
Date:March 8th, 2003 07:33 pm (UTC)
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I won't offer an opinion on what song to do, but I will point out that I think the only U2 song that doesn't fit the rules (ie no drug references) is "Desire".

Although I guess "Until the End of the World" might be explicit sexually, depending on how you take "going down on me".
From:irisheyedlass
Date:March 8th, 2003 07:38 pm (UTC)
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I was thinking that Running to Stand Still would be a great song to analyze. Of course, it's about heroin addiction, isn't it? But still...I think it would be a great song to do. That or In God's Country.
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From:canadanne
Date:March 9th, 2003 03:20 pm (UTC)

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Well there are quite a few U2 songs that wouldn't be appropriate, due to swear words and suchlike appearing in them. (Wake Up Dead Man springs to mind!)  And RTSS also contains drug references as someone else pointed out. (Bad is about drugs too, though I guess it's less obvious from the lyrics there.)
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From:bonos_girl
Date:March 9th, 2003 05:55 am (UTC)
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i wishg we got to analyse lyrics...we do enough with poems...lyrcs are so much more fun cos we can listen to the songs..

anyways...some ideas for you:
sunday
until the end of the world (ging down on me might be sexually explicit)
walk on

you could also do some of the older ones cos most of the suggestions so far (if not all) have been JT onwards
From:loopaygirl
Date:March 9th, 2003 09:51 am (UTC)

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I'd do One Tree Hill, I think that'd be easy to do for something like this.

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