Poetry in Music-Mr Blue Sky and The People we Should Be

Mr Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra is one example of poetry in music, telling a short story about how much people love nice weather, but with a deeper hidden meaning of the joy of being around those who make us happy. As the chorus goes: Hey there Mr.Blue/We’re so pleased to be with you/look around see what you do/everybody’s watching you.” On the surface, it seems the lyrics are speaking directly to the sky, about how the nice weather is making everyone happy, but another interpretation is of a relative person, someone who makes us and other people happy by being kind and supportive, and is sort of a narrative of what kind of person we should be.

Another point when the song expresses this is during one of the verses, describing Mr.Night sneaking up behind Mr. Blue and taking his place, followed by the lyrics talking about “remembering” Mr. Blue, as though he has disappeared. On the surface, it appears to simply talk about the change from day to night, but deeper it could reflect people attempting to take over the lives of others, such as bullies or manipulative acquaintances.

In the end, the song is about the kind of people that we should be, people who help others and bring joy into their lives, told through the perspective of the sky.

Miss Missing You: Music Poetry

The song “Miss Missing You” by Fall Out Boy (lyrics here) is a poetic song because it utilizes poetic language. It compares ‘you’ (as in the person the singer is singing to) to “a picket fence,” showing that this person’s partner was their symbol of normalcy. It has a striking line as well, saying “the person you’d take a bullet for is behind the trigger.” This emphasizes a feeling of betrayal typically associated with breakups. The final example of an interesting line is “cue all the love to leave my heart,” which comes across as the subject sarcastically saying that all the feeling will simply vanish, perhaps comparing to the way the breakup seemed sudden and irrational. The main line and the title, “miss missing you” implies that the person singing the song does not miss the person they were in a relationship with, but misses the feeling of being in a relationship. The concept of this song is fitted around the idea of getting out of a relationship, but missing the feeling of loving someone rather than the person themselves.

“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.