Thursday, November 26, 2020

If I Was A Priest, a Bruce Springsteen lyrical analysis from his new album Letter To You

If I Was A Priest, a Bruce Springsteen lyrical analysis from his new album Letter To You




I LOVED this song by Bruce Springsteen when I first heard it and I really enjoyed the lyrics so I wanted to talk about it here. Bruce is hosting SNL next month with Timothee Chalamet and I just love the juxtaposition of that! It's like the exact intersection of my interests. 

I believe "If I Was A Priest" is about questioning the religious rules that we have been taught and following your heart instead.

There's a light on yonder mountain and it's calling me to shine
There's a girl over by the water fountain and she's asking to be mine
And Jesus is standing in the doorway in a buckskin jacket, boots and spurs so fine
He says, "We need you son tonight up in Dodge City
'Cause there's just too many outlaws trying to work the same line"

The song starts off with Bruce Springsteen dreaming about his future. He wants to follow his passions (music, where he shines), and he wants a beautiful love story. He wants to follow his dreams but Jesus is in the way, dressed like a sheriff, telling him, "no, you need to do this." Jesus is the authority figure. When Jesus says, "there's just too many outlaws trying to work the same line," he means there are so many people who don't follow the religious path, and so Bruce shouldn't be an outlaw like them.

Plus, the song is titled, "If I Was A Priest," and priests definitely give up love with another woman and other worldly dreams so they can be truly engrossed in religion. 
Well things ain't been the same in heaven since big bad Bobby came to town
He's been known to down eleven, then ask for another round
Me I've got scabs on my knees from kneeling way too long
It's about time I played the man, took a stand where I belong

Bobby drinks too much (which is a vice! and too much alcohol can cause sin!) and is described as being "bad." But the key thing to note is that Bobby makes it to heaven! Meanwhile, Bruce has been super devoted to his religion, getting scabs on his knees from praying. He is doing to much but will probably make it to the same place as Bobby - heaven! This makes Bruce think that he doesn't want religion to constrict him. He wants to live the life he dreams of.

Well there's a light on yonder mountain and it's calling me to shine
There's a girl over by the water fountain 'cause she's asking to be mine
Jesus is standing in the doorway, six gun drawn and ready to fan
Said, "We need you tonight son up in Dodge City"
Told him I was already overdue for Cheyenne

In this verse, Jesus tells him to continue following his religious rules (go to Dodge City), but Bruce finally tells him, he actually needs to follow his dreams instead (go to Cheyenne...a city in Wyoming...but also a woman's name?).

There's still too many bad boys trying to work the same line
I interpreted this line two ways. The first I talked about earlier in this post - Jesus saying there are too many people straying from religion. But you can also interpret this line through Bruce's point of view. Bruce can say, "there are too many people who appear religious but are actually bad." They are all "working the same line" as in, "going through the motions" of religion.  

Thanks for reading! I chose not to analyze every lyric - just the ones that spoke to me.

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    Thursday, August 13, 2020

    Vote For Your Favorite Song Off Fine Line, a Harry Styles Album

    Wanted to make sure this poll doesn't fall off the radar. Vote for your favorite song off of Fine Line! I'll keep this poll up until a month after I finish analyzing the last song. Then I'll reveal which song wins.

    Click here to see which song won for the poll for Harry Styles' first album.


    What is your favorite song off of Fine Line - Harry Styles' new album?

    Golden
    Watermelon Sugar
    Adore You
    Lights Up
    Cherry
    Falling
    To Be So Lonely
    She
    Sunflower, Vol. 6
    Canyon Moon
    Treat People With Kindness
    Fine Line

      Thanks for voting! Check out my analyses of these songs and more in the following blog posts:

      Adore You, a lyrical analysis from Fine Line, a Harry Styles album


      Adore You, Song Meaning and Lyrical Interpretation




      Adore You is such a sweet song - and it is what we'll be discussing today. Before I begin, I wanted to shout out Harry Styles for getting his first number one hit with Watermelon Sugar! This has been a summer of watermelon and sugar - mostly because of quarantine and there isn't much to do xD.
      Walk in your rainbow paradise (paradise)
      Strawberry lipstick state of mind (state of mind)
      I get so lost inside your eyes
      Would you believe it?
      Adore You is, simply, a love song. I think it's a really good one that should go down in history (but I don't think it charted too high). It's got classic rock elements that give it an old-schooled solid love song vibe. "I get so lost inside your eyes," could be considered a cliche in love songs but it's a good one! I'm a sucker for people in love getting lost in each others eyes.

      "Strawberry lipstick," is a call back to Harry's love of fruits that is seen throughout this album with Watermelon Sugar and Cherry.
      You don't have to say you love me
      You don't have to say nothing
      You don't have to say you're mine
      This verse shows that Harry loves unconditionally. It is very sweet because he doesn't expect anything back from this other person. Harry is willing to give love freely - there are no expectations. What can be more self-less and romantic?
      Honey
      I'd walk through fire for you
      Just let me adore you
      Oh, honey
      I'd walk through fire for you
      Just let me adore you
      Like it's the only thing I'll ever do
      It looks like Harry's love interest isn't reciprocating, but Harry doesn't mind. He is asking her to accept his love, because he'll protect and adore her, always. "Like it's the only thing I'll ever do," is Harry's dramatic way of saying that he's fine with his life even if the only thing he accomplishes during it is to love her.
      Your wonder under summer skies (summer skies)
      Brown skin and lemon over ice
      Would you believe it?
      I've said this before, and I will say it again, Fine Line is a summer album!! "Brown skin," could be saying that his lover has a tan due to the sun (though, of course, she could always just be not-white). "Lemon over ice," is talking about lemonade which is a summer staple! Lemonade quenches the thirst built up by the heat of summer.

      Maybe Harry is having a summer romance. But I wouldn't be quick to say so - this song talks about serious love. A love that is all-encompassing, unconditional, and sweet.

      Do you agree or do you interpret these lyrics differently? Let me know what you think in the comments below.


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      Saturday, May 23, 2020

      Save Bless This Mess From Cancellation - please Hulu, Netflix, NBC - anyone!!

      I also want to give a shoutout to Bless This Mess! It was also such a wholesome show! Seeing New Yorkers starting a farm? As a New Yorker myself I loved it! I loved all the women making fun of Rio for being a fake feminist because she can't drive!! I loved how both the man and woman changed their last names as a signal for equality. I also loved how Rudy was such a weirdo character but he found love! Sitcoms can sometimes treat the weirdo character as just a nuisance. They can sometimes treat the weirdo character as not being human. Rudy was though! You could see Rudy's emotions, his heart - and that is why his love story was so great!

      Please sign this petition: https://www.change.org/p/abc-bless-this-mess-deserves-another-season/psf/promote_or_share



      I don't want to be too greedy but it would be so great if both Bless This Mess and Single Parents could get saved! Please TV providers! Save these shows.

      The cast: I love how everyone on this show has different looks. We see people with different body types, different facial features - and yet everyone is good looking because you see their personality! 

      The wholesomeness: Wasn't it heartwarming to see Rio and Mike become friends with Kay and Beau? Wasn't it heartwarming to see Rudy and Constance fall in love! To see Jacob being his teenager self for comic relief. Another heartwarming show cancelled! Why do people not want joy in their lives!

      The romance: Rio and Mike, the main characters, are already married which is fresh and unique. Usually the main characters find love on a sitcom. Rio and Mike are already in love and we see them navigate that. It's great! I love to see what happens after a wedding! I wanted to see them have a baby! I've already mentioned how Rudy and Constance are such different people but you still go on their romance journey with them! And of course Key and Beau - I loved seeing them become better people.

      #saveBlessThisMess

      Save Single Parents From Cancellation - please Hulu, Netflix, NBC - anyone!!

      I recently learned that Single Parents, one of my favorite sitcoms, has gotten canceled. It DEVASTATED me as I started watching this show right after the pandemic started. It brought me so much joy and was so wholesome. It was a gut punch to learn that it wasn't coming back. Hulu, Netflix, NBC, if you are listening - please consider saving this show!!



      Please sign these petitions if you agree with me:




      The Cast: The cast of Single Parents was amazing. Leighton Meester is hilarious as a comedic actress. I saw someone comparing her to Nick Miller and I agree! She is the Nick Miller of this new generation. She's SUCH a delight to see on screen. Secondly, I was charmed by Kimrie Lewis-Davis as Poppy. She is so charismatic and stylish on the series. These two ladies add so much to the cast! Taren Killin is also great as the sweet dad. We need more sweet dads on TV! It's so wholesome to see!! ugh....how can you replicate a better cast?!?! C'mon networks - how? I assure you - if you pick up this series, you'll get some of the best ensemble comedies of all time. The kids are also so cute. Are you telling me I will never see Graham's cute face again? 
       
      The Wholesomeness: We need wholesomeness for the whole family. THEY ARE A VILLAGE!! A bunch of friends who love each other? It brings me the same joy New Girl brought me, the same joy Friends brought me.

      Romance: Angie and Will have so much potential! I want to see more of their story. They are such a sweet slow-burn couple. The season 2 finale brought me so much job how they both love each other! And how they both found out. so sweet...SO SWEET.

      #saveSingleParents