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The Poetics of Popular Music
September 5th, 2014
A song for your funeral
Normally you will ask people which song you’ll like to be played at your birthday, wedding or other events. But when it comes to your funeral which song will you prefer? For my funeral the song that I chose is “Mirror” by Wayne/Mars. The reason why I chose this song is because it explains how to not let the past take over our future. As the song start with a strong opinion, indicating that anything can happen in the blink of an eye in this modern time, that people don’t know if they’re either heading towards happiness or failure. Wayne/Mars tells us ‘‘But you think that you're on your way/ Life lined up on the mirror don't blow it” (3-4). This is one of the lyrics that I will like my family and friends to take in consideration, as for it indicates listeners to not mess up their lives because you only one life, to say once you make a mistake you can’t erase it. Lyrics from line 9, express us majority of the people shows that they are in happy in life, but in reality they are covering their misery. I sometimes to keep my parents happy, I agree to do stuff with them, for which I’m not interested at all and for that, I put a smile on my face for which it will make them, smile also. Another lyric for my close ones is, “I see that guilt beneath the shame” (21). It means that I feel sorry for some of things I have done and to think that they were correct, but in fact I do feel guilty for my actions towards the others. On line 22, the word “scars” is being referred to a broken that was put back together, although you can still see the fracture, implying that the lyrics tried to fix his past, but the problems were never fixed. The composer tells us that he made mistakes that people still can’t forgive and that they want to start a new life but the people around him won’t let Wayne’s past aside.

Word count: 325 words





Lyrics
With everything happening today
you don't know whether you're coming or going
But you think that you're on your way
Life lined up on the mirror don't blow it, woo.
Look at me when I'm talking to you
You looking at me but I'm looking through you
I see the blood in your eyes
I see the love in disguise
I see the pain hidden in your pride
I see you're not satisfied
And I don't see nobody else
I see myself I'm looking at the...

[Bruno Mars:]
Mirror on the wall ([Wayne:] Ooh), here we are again ([Wayne:] Yeah)
Through my rise and fall ([Wayne:] Uh)
You've been my only friend ([Wayne:] Yeah)
You told me that they can understand the man I am
So why are we here talkin' to each other again?

[Lil Wayne:]
Uh, I see the truth in your lies
I see nobody by your side
But I'm with you when you are all alone
And you correct me when I'm looking wrong
I see the guilt beneath the shame
I see your soul through your window pane
I see the scars that remain
I see you Wayne, I'm looking at the...

[Bruno Mars:]
Mirror on the wall, here we are again ([Wayne:] Yeah)
Through my rise and fall ([Wayne:] Uh-Huh)
You've been my only friend ([Wayne:] my only friend)
You told me that they can understand the man I am ([Wayne:] they can understand)
So why are we here ([Wayne:] misunderstood) talkin' to each other again?

[Lil Wayne:]
Looking at me now I can see my past
Damn, I look just like my fucking dad
Light it up, that's smoke in mirrors
I even look good in the broken mirror
I see my momma smile – that's a blessing
I see the change, I see the message
And no message could've been any clearer
So I'm startin' with the man in the...

[Bruno Mars:]
Mirror on the wall,

[Lil Wayne:]
MJ taught me that.

[Bruno Mars:]
Here we are again
Through my rise and fall
You've been my only friend

[Lil Wayne:]
Take 'em to Mars man

[Bruno Mars:]
You told me that they can understand the man I am
So why are we talkin' to each other again?

[Lil Wayne:]
Uh...

[Bruno Mars:]
Mirror on the wall ([Wayne:] Ooh), here we are again ([Wayne:] Yeah)
Through my rise and fall
You've been my only friend ([Wayne:]