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    Song Analysis

    Anyone interested in trying this?

    One person chooses a song and we offer our own commentary as we attempt to dissect its meaning.

    This is often done in poetry circles.

    Anyone want to offer up the first song?

    One rule: no going to song meaning sites for help.

    Researching the writer/composer/band or what have you is certainly permitted.

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    Re: Song Analysis

    I recall doing that once.

    I bet I can find it, too.

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    Annotated song lyric... Smash Flops: Driving Through Mythical America

    - you can hear the song at Pete Atkin sings "Driving Through Mythical America"
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    Re: Song Analysis

    Thanks for that, Spot, and well done. Driving Through Mythical America is a song with lots of references. But what do those references have to do with the Kent State Massacre?

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    Re: Song Analysis

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahso! View Post
    Anyone interested in trying this?

    One person chooses a song and we offer our own commentary as we attempt to dissect its meaning.

    This is often done in poetry circles.

    Anyone want to offer up the first song?

    One rule: no going to song meaning sites for help.

    Researching the writer/composer/band or what have you is certainly permitted.
    That sounds like fun. And enlightening. I'll throw out an easy one:



    Flowers On The Wall

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    Re: Song Analysis

    Quote Originally Posted by ZAP View Post
    That sounds like fun. And enlightening. I'll throw out an easy one:



    Flowers On The Wall
    Thanks, Zap. Is it okay if we tackle that one after we've finished with Spot's entry? Interesting song, Zap. I've never heard it before.

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    Re: Song Analysis

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahso! View Post
    Thanks, Zap. Is it okay if we tackle that one after we've finished with Spot's entry? Interesting song, Zap. I've never heard it before.
    Oh, sorry! I didn't see Spot's post. Actually I was interrupted mid-post by a phone call so I just sent it.

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    Re: Song Analysis

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahso! View Post
    But what do those references have to do with the Kent State Massacre?
    They're central. Students thinking they know how America works, they've absorbed all the Hollywood myths of what makes the country so great, and then they hit the reality far too late to grasp how badly they'd misunderstood. The music switches too.
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    Re: Song Analysis

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahso! View Post
    Thanks for that, Spot, and well done. Driving Through Mythical America is a song with lots of references. But what do those references have to do with the Kent State Massacre?
    I like Neil Young's "4 Dead in Ohio" better; maybe I'm just a simpleton.


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    Re: Song Analysis

    Whenever I hear the Pogues doing Fairytale of New York, I can't help feeling it's just a slowed down version of It Was On A Starry Night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spot View Post
    They're central. Students thinking they know how America works, they've absorbed all the Hollywood myths of what makes the country so great, and then they hit the reality far too late to grasp how badly they'd misunderstood. The music switches too.
    That much I had figured out, but why references in in such a distant past and disconnected to the time of the shooting.? The closest reference is 1958 (12 years), which I can see. The next two are from 1947 and then one goes all the way back to 1908. Why not use more recent, relevant representative references?

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