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The Poetics of Popular Music
November 7, 2014
My values
Your values are the things that you truly believe in and that are very important to your eyes. They are supposed to affect the way you live and work by positively. They also determine your priorities, and deep down, they’re probably a type of measure you use to tell if you’re living the kind of life you desire. If there was a song that would define my values, it would be the song “Battlefield” by Jordin Sparks. In my case, love is the value that defines me the most; it is portrayed by the way I demonstrate it towards my family, friends and my partner. I’m surrounded by people who care and are very loving, but there comes times when we get into big fights. The speaker tell us that “One minute it's love /and suddenly, It's like a battle-field” (3-4). These lyrics are an example of when your loved ones show loving emotions towards you, but then all of sudden, it can blow up into a huge fight and you can be left feeling like you’re fighting on a battlefield of love. I show love towards my beloved by being protective about certain thing like when someone is giving them hard time or when there are in need of help. Another lyric that illustrates well this situation is: “I guess you better go and get your armor” (36) because I hate seeing when people are miss treated by other people. It really affects me and gets on my nerves. It makes me want to help them, be there for them, in other words, to do something about it. That is why I am close bonded with the people that surround me. They know I’ve got their back, and will defend them to the end. I realize that the writer used a technique in the song and it is the repetition of the word “battlefield”. In the song, the speaker is telling us that love is always a battlefield, because when something happens it gets your heart intertwined.
Word count: 338 words
Lyrics
Don't try to explain your mind
I know what's happening here
One minute it's love and suddenly
It's like a battle-field
One word turns into a
Why is it the smallest things that tear us down
My world's nothing when you're gone
I'm out here without a shield
Can't go back now

Both hands tied behind my back for nothing
Oh no
These times when we climb so fast to fall again
Why we gotta fall for it now

I never meant to start a war
You know I never wanna hurt you
Don't even know what we're fighting for

Why does love always feel like ...
a battlefield (battlefield)
a battlefield (battlefield)
a battlefield (battlefield)
[repeat]
Why does love always feel like

Can't swallow our pride,
Neither of us wanna raise that flag
If we can't surrender
then we both gonna lose what we had, oh no

Both hands tied behind my back with nothing
(nothing)
Oh no, these times when we climb so fast to fall again
I don't wanna fall for it now

I never meant to start a war
You know I never wanna hurt you
Don't even know what we're fighting for

Why does love always feel like ...
a battlefield (battlefield)
a battlefield (battlefield)
a battlefield (battlefield)
[repeat]

I guess you better go and get your armor
(get your armor)
Get your armor (get your armor)
I guess you better go and get your armor
(get your armor)
Get your armor (get your armor)
I guess you better go and get your

We could pretend that we are friends tonight
And in the morning we'll wake up and we'll be alright
Cause baby we don't have to fight
And I don't want this love to feel like

A battlefield (oh), a battlefield (oh), a battlefield,
Why does love always feel like a battlefield (oh),
A battlefield (oh), a battlefield

I guess you better go and get your armor
I never meant to start a war (start a war)
You know I never wanna hurt you
Don't even know what we're fighting for
(fighting, fighting for)

Why does love always feel like ...
a battlefield (battlefield)
a battlefield (battlefield)
a battlefield (battlefield)
[repeat]

I guess you better go and get your armor
(get your armor)
Get your armor (get your armor)
I guess you better go and get your armor
(get your armor)
Get your armor (get your armor)

[slowly fade]
Why does love always feel like
(whooaa ooow)
Why does love always feel like
(whooaa ooow)
A battlefield, a battlefield..

[(whooaa ooow) throughout to end]
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