Sunday, May 17, 2009

Rage Against the Machine- Guerilla Radio

Transmission third world war third roundA decade of the weapon of sound above groundNo shelter if youre looking for shadeI lick shots at the brutal charadeAs the polls close like a casketOn truth devouredSilent play in the shadow of powerA spectacle monopolizedThe cameras eyes on choice disguisedWas it cast for the mass who burn and toil?Or for the vultures who thirst for blood and oil?Yes a spectacle monopolizedThey hold the reins, stole your eyesAll the fistagons the bullets and bombsWho stuff the banksWho staff the party ranksMore for Gore or the son of a drug lordNone of the above fuck it cut the cordLights out guerilla RadioTurn that shit upContact I highjacked the frequenciesBlockin the beltwayMove on DCWay past the days of bombin MCsSound off Mumia guan be freeWho gottem yo check the federal fileAll you pen devils know the trial was vileArmy of pigs try to silence my styleOff em all out that box its my radio dialLights out guerilla RadioTurn that shit upIt has to start somewhereIt has to start sometimeWhat better place than hereWhat better time than nowAll hell cant stop us nowAll hell cant stop us nowAll hell cant stop us nowAll hell cant stop us nowAll hell cant stop us nowAll hell cant stop us now

Guerilla Radio

Conor Regan
Poetry of Song
Ms. Malone
May 8, 2009
Song Analysis 3
Guerilla Radio
Throughout many years Rage Against the Machine has been known as one of the most rebellious and controversial bands of all time. Their notorious lyrics have been aimed at almost all political problems throughout the 1990’s and have caused much debate. Rage Against the Machine also had a unique sound of a mix of rock and rap that made them distinctive from every other band. Rage provided the music scene with many radical and rebellious songs. One defiant song was “Guerilla Radio” and it brought up many political challenges and disagreements.
“Guerilla Radio” has many stabs at the politics and the way the country is being run. Like many of their songs, Rage tries to get the point across that the United States needs to change their ways or nothing will improve. Even though the song was written before the attacks of 9/11, Rage stressed the issue that controversy in the Middle East was not to stop terror but for oil. They say “Was it cast for the mass who burn and toil?Or for the vultures who thirst for blood and oil?” This shows that Rage thinks the United States only get involved in foreign affairs, particularly in the Middle East, to gain money or control of prosperous imports, such as oil. This is only one of the many defiant lines in one of the many defiant songs by Rage Against the Machine.
A Guerilla is a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment. The line “Lights out, Guerilla Radio” is telling people to stop watching the lies and listen and react to the wrong doings of the world. Rage Against the Machine never fails to bring out the bad in the world and “Guerilla Radio” is one of the most effective songs in that regard. Like many other Rage songs, the main message of “Guerilla Radio” is to influence people to rise up against the negative aspects of America and to open the eyes of the ignorant to the problems of today’s society. Rage Against the Machine was regarded as reckless and out of line with their lyrics. Their fans were seen as outrageous and extreme because of their actions that were linked to the bands music. “Guerilla Radio” is a song that emphasized that point.
“Guerilla Radio” uses many poetic devices. Repetition is used often by Rage Against the Machine in “Guerilla Radio” to stress the message to the listener. The last stanza has repetition of beginnings of lines with different ends to show the point in a clearer way. It says, “It has to start somewhere, it has to start sometime, what better place than here, what better time than now.” The “it” refers to the rebellion against social ways and the lines are a call to action for the listeners. Rage then repeats the line “All hell can’t stop us now” six times. The lines are sung in an angry and irritated voice to show the feelings of the singer. The line means that once the rebellion starts nothing will stop them from changing the world into a place that they deem fit for life. The poetic devices used in “Guerilla Radio” effectively bring out the meaning of the song so the listener can comprehend it.
Rage Against the Machine never fails to make a rebellious song and “Guerilla Radio” only proves that point. The mix of unique sound with unique lyrics helps to make Rage one of the most well known bands of the 1990’s. The controversies caused by Rage’s songs are a big part of their success and a part of what rock has transformed into. The blend of sounds in Rage’s music set a standard for new bands trying to find their own originality. “Guerilla Radio” is one the best songs by one the best bands.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Creative Project

I'm writing a short story inspired from "9mm and a Three Piece Suit" by Streetlight Manifesto.

(WHA!)Well I know I shouldn't care, But I do and I don't,And I always crack a smile, When I see your punk rock clothes, And you try, try, but you never fit in, And you're never going to so pack it up, pack it in, so there.Steve took three or four,Heather took more,Lit a cigarette, Now they're walking out the door, With a semi automatic and a ski mask on, And they look to one another,And they say to themselves,"What fun." Well I never want to bother, And I never want to hover,Over his or her affairs,Cause (that's not fair!),And it seems to me that you're, Running out of time, and it seems to me, Like you're never going to do what’s right.Jack dropped 21, Jill 22, The look in his eye said, "Brother what are you going to do, with a 9mm and a three piece suit?" They look to one another and say,"Hey motherfucker, who's the fool.?"(BRRRAH!)(WHOA!)Steve took three or four, Heather took more,Lit a cigarette,Now they’re walking out the door, With a semi automatic and a ski mask on, They look to one another, And they say to themselves (“what fun”),Jack dropped 21, Jill 22,The look in his eye said, "Brother what are you going to do,with a 9mm and a three piece suit?," They look to one another and say,"Hey motherfucker, who's the fool.?"

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Testify

Testify- Rage Against the Machine

The movie ran through me
The glamour subdued me
The tabloid untied me
I'm empty please fill me
Mister anchor assure me
That Baghdad is burning
Your voice it is so soothing
That cunning mantra of killing
I need you my witness
To dress this up so bloodless
To numb me and purge me now
Of thoughts of blaming you
Yes the car is our wheelchair
My witness your coughing
Oily silence mocks the legless boys
Who travel now in coffins
On the corner
The jury's sleepless
We found your weakness
And it's right outside your door
Now testify
Now testify
It's right outside your door
Now testify
Yes testify
Its right outside your door
With precision you feed me
My witness I'm hungry
Your temple it calms me
So I can carry on
My slaving sweating the skin right off my bones
On a bed of fire I'm choking on the smoke that fills my home
The wrecking ball is rushing
Witness your blushing
The pipeline is gushing
While here we lie in tombs
While on the corner
The jury's sleepless
We found your weakness
And it's right outside your door
Now testify
Yeah testify
It's right outside your door
Now testify
Now testify
It's right outside your door
Mass graves for the pump and the price is set
And the price is set
Mass graves for the pump and the price is set
And the price is set
Mass graves for the pump and the price is set
And the price is set
Mass graves for the pump and the price is set
And the price is set
Who controls the past now controls the future
Who controls the present now controls the past
Who controls the past now controls the future
Who controls the present now?
Now testify
Testify
It's right outside your door
Now testify
Testify
The war is right outside your door

Just like everyother Rage Against the Machine song Testify sends a message of rebellion and of dislike toward the social norms. Testify particularly focuses on the war in Irag. The author writes, "Mister anchor assure me, that Baghdad is burning." This is a kind of sarcastic remark because the author is making fun of the people finding comfort in knowing about the war. Another social remark is "Mass graves for the pump." This shows that Rage Against the Machine thinks that the war is strictly for oil and that the soldiers are dying to gain control of oil. Testify has an obvious message of anger towards society and the war in Irag.

Anthem Pt 2

Anthem Pt. 2- Blink 182

Everything has fallen to pieces,
Earth is dying help me Jesus.
We need guidance, we've been misled
Young and hostile but not stupid.
Corporate leaders, politicians,
kids can't vote adults elect them.
Laws that rule the school and workplace,
signs that caution sixteen's unsafe.
We really need to see this through.
We never wanted to be abused
we'll never give up
it's no use
If we're f***ed up - you're to blame
Let this train-wreck burn more slowly
Kids are victims in this story.
Drown the youth with usless warnings,
teenage rules they're f***ed and boring.
We really need to see this through.
We never wanted to be abused
we'll never give up,it's no use
If we're f***ed up you're to blame
Everything has fallen to pieces
Everything has fallen to pieces
Everything has fallen to pieces
Everything has fallen to pieces
Everything has fallen to ...
We really need to see this through.
We never wanted to be abused
we'll never give upit's no use
If we're f***ed up
you're to blame!

In the Anthem Pt. 2 by Blink 182 rebellion is an obvious message. The author is expressing his dislike of the social ways and expresses them clearly. He says "Kids can't vote, adults elect them." This shows the author's opinion toward politics. He means that even though children can't vote, adults are electing people who are very childish. This is a shot at Bush because he was president at the time this song was written. Another rebellious line is "Drown the youth with useless warnings, teenage rules they're f***ed and boring." This shows the dislike in the way kids are being treated and raised. The author thinks kids should be allowed to have more freedom. He thinks children rebel because they feel repressed. The Anthem Pt. 2 effectively sends a strong social message.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Come on Eileen

Poor old Johnny Ray
Sounded sad upon the radio
Moved a million hearts in mono
Our mothers cried
Sang along, who'd blame them
Now you're grown, so grown, now I must say more than ever
Go toora loora toora loo rye aye
And we can sing just like our fathers
[Chorus:]
Come on Eileen, oh I swear (what he means)
At this moment, you mean everything
With you in that dress my thoughts I confess
Verge on dirty
Ah come on Eileen
These people round here wear beaten down eyes
Sunk in smoke dried faces
They're so resigned to what their fate is
But not us (no never), no not us (no never)
We are far too young and clever
Remember
Go toora loora toora loo rye aye
Eileen I'll hum this tune forever
Come on Eileen oh I swear (what he means)
Ah come on, let's take off everything
That pretty red dress Eileen (tell him yes)
Ah come on let's, Ah come on Eileen
That pretty red dress, Eileen (tell him yes)
Ah come on let's, ah come on Eileen
Please...
Come on Eileen too-loo rye-aye
Come on Eileen too-loo rye-aye
Toora toora-too-loora
Now you have grown, now you have shown, oh Eileen
Come on Eileen, these things they are real and I know
how you feel
Now I must say more than ever
things round here have changed
Too-ra loo-ra too-ra loo-rye-aye
[Chorus]

"Come on Eileen" by Save Ferris uses imagery to describe how the singer is feeling and to describe the person she is talking to. They say "you in that dress" which allows the listener to imagine some one in a dress. Also Save Ferris describes peoples faces to let the listener imagine the scene. The use of imagery in "Come on Eileen" is a big part of the song.

Shining On

I just realized I left my favorite hat in the club last night
Which is tickin' me right off 'cause I
Had that cap since I was real-real small
Then find out just right now
That my main squeeze went through my phone
0ooo
So I guess I'm single now
Imagine that
So I sneak right on The T
The conductor sees me
He's kicking me right off with a frown
I grab my bag and I walk on
Comm. Ave., I hit up Blanchard's
They sell cheap wine, I got six bucks
Bag rips, wine smash
Drink it up avoid the glass
But I can't stop from just smiling
When that damn sun is shining on
Hell, It's just
Shining down all over me
No, I can't help but just smile
While that damn sun is shining on
Dang it's just shining down
Down over me
So now I call up my friend
'Cause his girl must be bored, 'cause
She's been spreading rumors about me
That I robbed her party, but I never had
I pull out my little disc man
I bought from a crackhead down in Reno
But my Melt-Banana Cd
Is all scratched up
I think it's stupid all the people who are moaning
Yeah moaning on
While the sun is shining down
On our city streets
Even all the things people say
Naw, ain't affecting me
Not when that damn sun Is shining down over me
Shining down on me
Born to just never care
Born to just never care
Born to just never care
About the stupid things
People moan everyday
Later on I meet Johnny Trouble
At a bar called Shay's, a spit from Charlie's
We sit outside talking about girls
How they're loons but we like them anyway
No money for pints at the bar
We bring a backpack full of Pabst
0ooo
Under the table we fill our glass
So me and Johnny just sit outside
Warmed by that summer night
While those city stars are shining
Down on our streets
And I can't help from just smiling
While those damn stars are shining down
Yeah those stars are shining
Over our city streets
No, I won't be caught moaning
Not when light is still shining down
And me and Johnny
Warmed by that damn summer heat
And I can't stop from just smiling
When those damn stars are shining on
Yeah, those stars are shining
Over our city streets
Imagine that

In "Shining On" Big D and teh Kid's Table uses imagery to clearify what the song is about. They song expresses that the singer, no matter what, is in a good mood. He uses imagery to further explain the bad things happening to him. He says "bag rips wine smash, drink it up avoid the glass." This uses all the senses because the listener can imagine the noise and sight of the bottle breaking and the laste and smell of wine and how they glass feels. The imagery used in "Shining On" emphasizes the meaning of the song.

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