What is a song with figurative language in it?What is a song with figurative language in it?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You can find many songs with examples of figurative language.  One song that has been sticking in my mind recently has been Judy Collins' "Both Sides Now."  The examples of imagery and creating mental pictures through words would constitute good examples of figurative language.  Collins' lyrics helps to evoke different moods through the employment of language in different conceptions.  The images brought out in the opening of "bows and flows of angel hair" and "ice cream castles in the air" help to bring out the images of childhood, through figurative language that evokes innocence and bliss.  As the song progresses and as the speaker gets older, the figurative language brought out reveals a sense of maturation and cynicism, with figurative language to indicate as such.

M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Figurative language is the literary technique which uses words to take the place of others based on their description or meaning. Its the language code that you have to, no pun intended, "figure out".

A song that has lots of figurative language that comes to mind is "Good Bye Yellow Brick Road" by Elton John. The yellow brick road is an allusion to the Wizard of Oz's trail to Oz, but he is referring to Hollywood.

I included a link where you can go and see the song meanings of other songs which could help you choose a song you can relate to.

Hope this helps!

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

On a more modern note, how about "The Reaper" sung by Blue Oyster Cult.  The entire concept is a personification of Death as the Grim Reaper.  Other things are personified (brought to life), as well.  "Seasons don't fear the Reaper, nor do the wind and the sun and the rain.  We can be like they are."  It's a rather depressing song, as it's essentially an invitation to die in a suicide pact (like Romeo and Juliet, also mentioned in the song), but it does contain figurative language.