Music Poetry “Crazy Story Pt. 3”

King Von’s Song “Crazy Story Pt. 3” is not just a song but a poem. In the poem King Von uses poetic devices to make you feel like you’re in the story he is telling. Crazy Story Pt 3 is a song in which Von is telling his friends a story that happened between him and his opps:

the double cross
Tryna get me caught
Like I'm Randy Moss.

This simile that Von says shows how he thought he had a deal with someone but they set him up.

 "I say, s***, I'm just coolin' b***, 
I'm not from 63rd." 

The use of 63rd is what Von uses a lot when he talks about his opps. So saying this is saying how he is better then them.

"Made it to the hood, 
everything went good Knock on wood,
flame me up a 'Wood
Tooka smellin' good, looked at my phone."

The use of knock on wood is Von saying how hes hoping everything is good after he had an encounter with the opps.

“Swimming Pools (Drank)” by Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar’s song “Swimming Pools” from his album good kid, m.A.A.d city is not only a song, but a poem. A poem about how many people get addicted to drinking alcohol as a use of escaping from one’s problems in the world, but it in fact, destroys the person’s life more, and that he also became a victim of alcohol abuse as well. Kendrick Lamar uses poetic devices to show how the environment that Kendrick Lamar grew up in, influenced his alcohol addiction,

“Now I done grew up ’round some people livin’ their life in bottles / Granddaddy had the golden flask / Backstroke every day in Chicago.”

Kendrick uses metaphors to show the listener how much his grandfather drank, which also correlates to the title of the song as well. Kendrick also uses hyperbole to reinforce the narrative of the type of environment that he grew up in. An environment where people drank so much, it was as if they lived in the bottles of alcohol. Kendrick Lamar uses repetition of the lines,

“Pour up (drank), head shot (drank) / Sit down (drank), stand up (drank) / Pass out (drank), wake up (drank) / Faded (drank), faded (drank)”

to further emphasize how much he is drinking, to the point where he is drinking all the time. Through the use of personification, Kendrick also shows his emotions and mental state,

“All I, all I, all I, all I have in life is my new appetite for failure / And I got Hunger pain that grow insane, tell me do that sound familiar? / If it do then you’re like me, making excuse that your relief / Is in the bottom of the bottle and the greenest indo leaf.”

telling the listener that his pain has a hunger to it that only gets stronger as he drinks, and does other drugs more.

“August slipped away into a moment in time”

The song written by Taylor Swift “august” from the album folklore is an example of poetry. Through the song Taylor is reminiscing over a past relationship. She is expressing how her past boyfriend leaving didn’t just end the relationship it ruined the memory’s that went along with it making the whole relationship mean less.

A line Taylor uses in her chorus is,

August slipped away into a moment in time 'Cause it was never mine

This line uses diction and word choice to have us reflect on what Taylor is trying to say. The line is saying that after the relationship ended she began to realize that the “love” or passion they had never meant anything at all. That whatever they had should be left behind with the past.

Will you call when you're back at school? I remember thinkin' I had you

This line helps us come to a conclusion with some of the back round of the relationship. We can infer that since their relationship was in august eventually the love interest would have to go back to school meaning that their relationship wasn’t sure to continue. After he went back to school he must have dumped her or stopped calling her. Which is why Taylor is now reflecting and realizing that it never could have been more than it was.

Another important line is

 Back when I was livin' for the hope of it all

Taylor uses this line to show us the contrast of who she was back then and how she has developed mentally. She used to live for an idea. The idea that this relationship was more then it was. Since Taylor uses past tense we can assume she reflected and now realizes part of her has always known the relationship wasn’t going to last. That the memory’s now belonged in the past.

“Another Love” by Tom Odell

In the song “Another Love” by Tom Odell expresses the emotions after a breakup he cannot move on from. He uses a lot of imagery to convey the painful emotions described in the song. “I brought you daffodils in a pretty string/But they won’t flower like they did last spring.” When flowers are nice, they can be used as a symbol for happiness. In this line, he talks about the flowers not “flowering” which shows how the breakup took away some of his happiness. “All my tears have been used up,” this line is repeated throughout the song and it is a hyperbole to emphasize his sadness during this time. Literally, his tears are not used up, but the use of language shows how difficult this experience was for him. However, the fact that his tears are figuratively all used up could show that he is ready to move on. He has cried about this for too long and he has decided to carry on with his life. “Words, they always win, but I know I’ll lose,” this line doesn’t show that he is moving on, but more that he has given up. This line also personifies words because words can’t actually win, but he is giving them that ability by writing in this way. The song “Another Love” by Tom Odell shows a story about him going through a breakup and how he deals with it. It includes a lot of poetic language to help convey powerful emotions.

Piano Man – Billy Joel

“Piano Man” by Billy Joel, uses imagery to tell a story. Billy Joel is the narrator of the story that takes place in a bar. The refrain of “Sing us a song your the piano man sing us a song tonight well, we’re all in the mod for a melody and you’ve got us feeling alright.”, sets the mood by helping us imagine a crowded bar with a lot of happy people singing along with “The Piano Man”. The song goes on to tell us about the lives of the people in the bar. The melody is happy, but the lyrics speak of people, who in the moment are happy, but live sad lives. “Now Paul is a real estate novelist who never had time for a wife and he’s talking with Davey, who’s still in the navy and probably will be for one example of Billy Joel’s perspective of people feeling unfulfilled. There are many more examples of this in the song including the bartender who is “quick with a joke or to light up your smoke, but there’s some place that he’d rather be”. In the end, it seems as if Billy Joel is questioning why he, someone who people come to listen to, is in this place not fulfilling his dreams. This is captured in the last refrain when he says “and they sit at the bar and put bread in my jar and say man what are you doing here?”. “Piano Man” is a song that brings people together with its jovial melody, but its lyrics speak to sadness and the feeling of discontentment.