¿?sick beats?¿ Special Edition 2: Listening Between The Lines

Written by: Lennon Chua Ree Hung (20-E6), Poh En Xi (20-E3), Tan Yu Wei (20-E6)

Designed by: Poh En Xi (20-E3)

Thoughtcrime — Yorushika

  1. You, who are so kind to others, could never understand this heart of mine. 
  2. I enjoy cursing others, that used to be why I write songs. 
  3. I had dreamt of being featured in the morning news, someday;
  4. for that reason, I sharpen my knife. 
  1. The sound of glass being smashed, the act of ripping apart some kind of paper, the setting sun after a farewell –
  2. Surely, even you understand that they’re all beautiful, right? 
  1. The crows’ song is dyed a deep red,
  2. and this loneliness, too, turns into sound.
  3. In the last traces of the dusk in my memory
  4. You’re standing on tiptoes; the clouds burn red, and the word “goodbye” slips right off my tongue.
  1. I want to be acknowledged, I want to love– 
  2. are these what they call “dreams?”
  3. Even if I do nothing to achieve them, let them come true. Hurry up and gratify me.
  4. Society, which is so kind to others, could never understand this envy. 
  5. I’m always looking for an opportunity to hit someone. 
  1. A streetlight struck by a bottle of beer, the sound of a guitar breaking after being thrown;
  2. all these irreparable regrets are beautiful— That said, even I understand! And yet…
  1. I’m struck by a rain of words,
  2. and winter tumbles down on me even as I hold autumn dearly in my arms.
  3. From behind the mountain in spring, one more breath of smoke drifts upwards— 
  4. and the summer breeze slips across my cheek.
  1. You, who are so kind to others, could never understand this loneliness of mine.
  2. I don’t want to die, but I can’t go on living; that’s why I write songs.
  3. I think disparagement, disappointment, and disgust all have their eyes on me.
  4. That’s why I write songs that hurt people.
  5. That’s why I write vapid songs such as this.
  1. I want to swallow your words.
  2. I don’t even have anything to put them in, so I use both my hands.
  3. Before i know it my throat will get wet,
  4. And while I wait for that time to come…
  1. The crows’ song is dyed a deep red,
  2. and I plead for this loneliness to turn into song.
  3. The word “goodbye” dyes you a deep red,
  4. and, now, I wait for the night;
  5. the words “see you tomorrow” slips off my tongue.

‘The grass is always greener on the other side’ illustrates what I think the masked man’s outlook on life is like. Thoughtcrime features a masked man who is seemingly distraught over his failure to become a famous, successful songwriter. He often dons a menacing mask, which could allude to his aggressive attitude towards others or his perception of himself as he writes songs that ‘hurt people’. This frustration, which may be explained in lines 13-14, emanates from his belief that the world rewards others despite them not putting in effort. If so, that would explain his jealousy of others and desperate longing for the world to, also, ‘hurry and gratify [him]’ even if he ‘[does] nothing to achieve’ his ‘dreams’. Be it fact or self-deception, society seems to greet him with ‘disparagement, disappointment, and disgust’, leading to his isolation. Like in line 32, the overbearing desolation spurs him to write songs as a coping mechanism. At first glance, he wholly despises the world around him, though I believe there is more to what he is feeling than simply hatred. Throughout the song, our masked enigma acknowledges how beautiful the world can be, that it is not completely ugly and rotten. Perhaps, the reason why he sounds so heartbroken in line 6 is because he wishes to see the world in rose-coloured glasses, much like the lady he interacts with. However, he holds back from doing so because of the strife in life that he has experienced. Or maybe, it is because he thinks that she is blessed to be better off than him, like the rest of society, and hence is ‘so kind to others’, making him unable to understand his misery and aforementioned negativity. When she offers him (most likely) words of kindness, he is unable to accept it despite desiring for his existence to ‘be acknowledged’ and loved. In spite of his woe, he ‘[waits] for [the] time to come’ when his luck in life turns around and finally sees the world in a brighter light. Though his negative thoughts of others are no different from scars gravely inflicted upon him by an unjust world, the inability to rid himself of such hypocrisy cripples him with guilt, shackling him to his “thoughtcrime”

Little Me — Little Mix

  1. She lives in the shadow of a lonely girl
  2. Voice so quiet you don’t hear a word
  3. Always talking but she can’t be heard
  4. You can see it there if you catch her eye
  5. I know she’s brave but it’s trapped inside
  6. Scared to talk but she don’t know why
  7. Wish I knew back then
  8. What I know now
  9. Wish I could somehow
  10. Go back in time and maybe listen to my own advice
  11. I’d tell her to speak up, tell her to shout out
  12. Talk a bit louder, be a bit prouder
  13. Tell her she’s beautiful, wonderful
  14. Everything she doesn’t see
  15. You gotta speak up, you gotta shout out
  16. And know that right here, right now
  17. You can be beautiful, wonderful
  18. Anything you wanna be
  19. Little me
  20. Yeah you got a lot of time to act your age
  21. You cannot write a book from a single page
  22. Hands on the clock only turn one way
  23. Run too fast and risk it all
  24. Can’t be afraid to take a fall
  25. Felt so big but you looked so small
  26. Wish I knew back then
  27. What I know now
  28. Wish I could somehow
  29. Go back in time and maybe listen to my own advice
  30. I’d tell her to speak up, tell her to shout out
  31. Talk a bit louder, be a bit prouder
  32. Tell her she’s beautiful, wonderful
  33. Everything she doesn’t see
  34. You gotta speak up, you gotta shout out
  35. And know that right here, right now
  36. You can be beautiful, wonderful
  37. Anything you wanna be, oh
  38. Little me
  39. Little me
  40. Tell you one thing I would say to her
  41. I’d tell her to speak up, tell her to shout out
  42. Talk a bit louder, be a bit prouder
  43. Tell her she’s beautiful, wonderful
  44. Everything she doesn’t see
  45. You gotta speak up, you gotta shout out
  46. And know that right here, right now
  47. You can be beautiful, wonderful
  48. Anything you wanna be (little me)
  49. I’d tell her to speak up, tell her to shout out
  50. Talk a bit louder, be a bit prouder
  51. Tell her she’s beautiful, wonderful
  52. Everything she doesn’t see
  53. You gotta speak up, you gotta shout out
  54. And know that right here, right now
  55. You can be beautiful, wonderful
  56. Anything you wanna be
  57. I’d tell her to speak up, tell her to shout out
  58. Talk a bit louder, be a bit prouder
  59. Tell her she’s beautiful, wonderful
  60. Everything she doesn’t see
  61. You gotta speak up, you gotta shout out
  62. And know that right here, right now
  63. You can be beautiful, wonderful
  64. Anything you wanna be
  65. Little me

Little Me is an aptly titled song where its lyrics serve as a message for “Little Me”, or in other words, a younger version of yourself. Although she/her pronouns are used due to the genders of the four singers, the underlying message is effectively gender neutral and is heartfelt in its own right. 

The song starts off depicting a silenced individual filled with little purpose and loneliness, She lives in the shadow of a lonely girl, voice so quiet you don’t hear a word.” While “always talking but she can’t be heard” depicts a comedic tragedy where the individual is brimming with invigorating ideas, but is unfortunately unable to share them with the world. Whether this is due to external or internal factors remains up for interpretation.

The next verse, “You can see it there if you catch her eye, I know she’s brave but it’s trapped inside, scared to talk but she don’t know why” reaffirms the context set in the first verse, where such a lively and hopeful individual has unfortunately refused to surface their enthusiasm. In my opinion, this individual is plagued with insecurities or a lack of self-confidence, coupled with how cynical society can be, thus resulting in a hard time for the individual to come out of their shell.

In the pre-chorus “Wish I knew back then, what I know now, wish I could somehow, go back in time and maybe listen to my own advice”, we begin to see signs of positive hope. Upon growing up and reflecting, the individual solemnly wishes to revisit their past self and reassure themselves back in the day that everything will be fine.

The chorus quite literally captures the things the individual wishes to tell their past self. “I’d tell her to speak up, tell her to shout out, Talk a bit louder, be a bit prouder, Tell her she’s beautiful, wonderful, Everything she doesn’t see” Indeed, this young individual has been riddled with insecurities, be it with self confidence, their image, or their body. However, in a heartfelt message, the individual wishes to correct all these issues, and realise how amazing and special they are when young, it’s just they couldn’t see it themselves back then

The chorus continues the same line of personal advice, “You gotta speak up, you gotta shout out, And know that right here, right now, You can be beautiful, wonderful, Anything you wanna be…Little me”   How many times have we doubted our own ability to perform? How many times have we hated who we are? How many times have we questioned our purpose in life? How many times have we let others determine how to live our lives, while disregarding the inner voice in our heart to do otherwise? 

The second verse “Yeah you got a lot of time to act your age, You cannot write a book from a single page, Hands on the clock only turn one way” serves as a timely reminder that life continues on, whether we like it or not, and it is up to us to live freely, be free, and write our own stories.

Continuing on the same train of thought, “Run too fast and risk it all, Can’t be afraid to take a fall, Felt so big but you looked so small” reinforces the notion that life is riddled with risks and opportunities. So while we should dare to take the leap of faith and face any consequences head on, sometimes, it is the simplest of things that make us truly happy in life.

To put this song into perspective as a student in Singapore, in an immensely pragmatic and competitive society we live in, how many times have we come close to giving up? Or felt like quitting? Or felt like there was no meaning to our lives except to be put through a rat race and stress ourselves along the way? While our education system has been striving to introduce reforms to make the system less competitive, it is ultimately structured by tests and exams. But that should not be the meaning of our lives. Chase those dreams, be idealistic every now and then, and think with your heart more. 

Hey Jude — The Beatles

  1. Hey Jude, don’t make it bad
  2. Take a sad song and make it better
  3. Remember to let her into your heart
  4. Then you can start to make it better
  5. Hey Jude, don’t be afraid
  6. You were made to go out and get her
  7. The minute you let her under your skin
  8. Then you begin to make it better
  9. Oh-oh-oh, and anytime you feel the pain
  10. Hey Jude, refrain
  11. Don’t carry the world upon your shoulders
  12. For well you know that it’s a fool
  13. Who plays it cool
  14. By making his world a little colder
  15. Na
  16. Hey Jude, don’t let me down
  17. She has found you, now go and get her
  18. Remember to let her into your heart
  19. Then you can start to make it better
  20. Better, better, better
  21. So let it out and let it in
  22. Hey Jude, begin
  23. You’re waiting for someone to perform with
  24. And don’t you know that it’s just you
  25. Hey Jude, you’ll do
  26. The movement you need is on your shoulder
  27. La, la, la, la, la
  28. La, la, la, la, mm
  29. Hey Jude, don’t make it bad
  30. Take a sad song and make it better
  31. The minute you let her into your heart
  32. Then you can start to make it better
  33. Better, better, better, better, better, whoa, yeah!
  34. Na, na, na-na-na, na
  35. Na-na-na, na
  36. Hey Jude, oh, Jude
  37. Na, na, na, na-na-na, na
  38. Na-na-na, na
  39. Hey Jude, oh, Jude
  40. You’ll make it, Jude
  41. Na, na, na, na-na-na, na
  42. Oh, hey Jude
  43. Na, na, na, na-na-na, na
  44. Na-na-na, na
  45. Sing it, Jude
  46. Yeah, yeah
  47. Na, na, na, na-na-na, na
  48. Sing it, Judey-Jude
  49. Na-na-na, na
  50. Hey Jude
  51. Yeah, yeah, yeah
  52. Na-na-na, na
  53. Oh, yeah
  54. Na-na-na, na, na
  55. Oh yeah, Jude
  56. Sing it to me
  57. Na, na, na, na-na-na, na
  58. Na-na-na, oh yeah
  59. Oh, ooh-ooh-ooh
  60. Jude
  61. Na, na, na, na-na-na, na
  62. Na-na-na, na
  63. Hey Jude
  64. Na, na, na, na-na-na, na, oh-oh
  65. Na-na-na, na
  66. Hey Jude, Jude, Jude
  67. Na, na, na, na-na-na, na
  68. Sing it, Jude, sing it
  69. Oh, oh, oh, whoa
  70. Na, da-da, ah, la-di-di-da
  71. Oh, whoa, whoa
  72. Na, na, na
  73. Na, na, na-na, na-na-na, na

Hey Jude was released in 1968 and is arguably one of the most popular songs that The Beatles have produced, spending an impressive 19 weeks on the Billboard Charts. The song was written by Paul Mccartney, and is widely regarded as a great comfort song which was written to comfort a young child whose parents are going through a divorce. The inspiration for this song came from Paul Mccartney when he witnessed the marriage between John Lennon (fellow band member) and his First Wife Cynthia Lennon falling apart. The name “Jude” which the whole song directs to is thought to refer to Julian, the son of John Lennon to comfort him during his parents divroce.

The first verse of the song Hey Jude, don’t make it bad, Take a sad song and make it better” is meant to be an encouragement and form of comfort to young Julian for him to pull himself through the ordeal of his parents divorce.

Interestingly, in verse 2, the lyrics “You were made to go out and get her, The minute you let her under your skin, Then you begin to make it better” can also be interpreted as a direct message to John Lennon himself, with Paul Mccartney giving his blessings to John after his divorce to pursue his second wife Yoko Ono.

In the chorus “Don’t carry the world upon your shoulders, For well you know that it’s a fool” , Paul encourages the young Julian to not bottle up his feelings and to ask others for advice when he is in need of help. This line also serves as a valuable lesson for all of us, especially in this fast paced and seemingly lonely society, to not keep to ourselves as the pressure of this world may accumulate over time and seem impossible to get rid off without the help of others around us. 

Verse 3 once again offers valuable advice to Julian. “Remember to let her into your heart, Then you can start to make it better” can be seen as Paul asking Julian to slowly accept his new stepmother, in an attempt to soothe and foster the relationship between Julian and his seemingly foreign new mother figure. Alternatively, the lyrics can also be understood from John Lennon’s perspective, teaching his son to learn to accept his stepmother for he wishes that Julian will be able to foster a strong and intimate relationship between stepmother and son, just like his own relationship with her.

To conclude, the song is often seen as a direct message to Julian to advise him on what to do after his mother’s estranged relationship with his father, which resulted in a divorce. However, another way to interpret the song would be that it is about someone who is in love with another girl but is afraid to take the first step towards her. The lyrics “You were made to go out and get her”, “She has found you, now go and get her” and “The minute you let her into your heart, then you can start to make it better” all serve as an encouragement for the person to take the leap of faith to pursue the relationship. Similarly, in our daily lives, there may be many things that we want to pursue but are afraid of doing so. Let this song also be a song of encouragement to you, not to be afraid and take the leap of faith to pursue your dreams. 

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