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Call It What You Want
Foster the People
Good morning/afternoon students and Mr Alarcon. The song I have chosen to analyse is Call It What You Want, written by Mark Foster of Foster the People. The main focus of this song reflects on not only how we are always so paranoid of what others think about us, but also how we should be confident and be ourselves, regardless of what society think of us. It also reflects on how we shouldn’t conform to society’s stereotypes and that we should be an individual. Today I will be discussing the purpose of the lyrics, why it was written, the mood and tone that is used, the message of the text and the figurative language that is displayed in this particular song.
In Call It What You Want, the purpose of these lyrics is not only social, but personal, as the author felt as though he was being placed in a kindred group of people and felt like he needed to break away from conformity to show that he is an individual and that he doesn’t care what society thinks of him. He is also expressing the need for others to not care about what people label them, hence the title of the song being “Call It What You Want”, indicating that people can say what they want about you, but it doesn’t mean you have to conform to their opinions and judgements. This song also reflects on how society labels everything and how we are always so worried about what others say about us. For example, the lyrics “You’re ducking and moving just to hide your bruises from all your enemies” and “Your social guides give you swollen eyes” are talking about how we are afraid of
In songs and poems, mood and tone is often referred to as the emotions and the point of view the author gives the viewer when reading the text. Mood is made up of emotions and feelings when reading the text, whereas tone is the choice of language the author uses, giving the viewer the author’s attitude or point of view. The tone used in Call It What You Want includes a sense of rebellion through the lyrics, “Well I’m just gonna do here what I gotta do here ‘cause I gotta keep myself free” indicates that he refuses to give in and conform to what society thinks of him. There is also aggression through the lyrics, “I’ve got a knife behind my back”, implying that he may be stepping up to society and fighting back. Apathy is also evident within the song through the use of lyrics, “You say, ‘Now what’s your style and who do you listen to?’ Who cares?” as well as the repetition of “Call it what you want” during the chorus of the song. When reading the lyrics of Call It What You Want, the audience is left with a feeling of
The message the author is trying to convey in Call It What You Want is that ultimately being yourself without labels is better than conforming to society’s stereotypes and that