Does anyone know of any songs that have deep meaning and use figurative language?
The criteria is to find a song with deep meaning and to identify the similes, metaphors, onomatopeia, and alliteration within that song thank you!
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Go to a site that has lyrics, and look at virtually any song written by Bob Dylan. He is more a poet than a musician, and especially at the start of his fame could barely sing. His guitar and harmonica playing were basic. He has made much progress over the years, but it is still his words that carry his songs.
"Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" is a good example of a creative way to say - when you're in love, you don't always see so clearly. "Over The Rainbow" is a poetic way of saying there must be a better world out there, even though we know there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The words "Where troubles melt like lemon drops away above the chimney tops...." are very colorful alliterations to a brighter sweeter place to be. Thinking creatively, you will find many more words in songs like this.
Building from number 2's post, "Like a Rolling Stone" is replete with images and comparative language with the theme of how loneliness is unavoidable. Bob Seger's "Feels Like a Number" is a song that redescribes modern isolation in a number of ways. Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" uses language that actually sound like what alienation would sound like. On a lighter note, the song "Lollipop" by the Chordettes features examples of alliteration and other poetic devices. I believe it is currently being used in the new Dell Computers Commercial.
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