At my singing club, we’re doing Good Grief by Bastille, but what do those lyrics mean?
My friend and I came to the conclusion that it is in fact about a loved one dying. The first line “watching through my fingers” could represent being at a funeral or looking and their dead body and crying into your hands or just not wanting to look at all. “Shut my eyes and count to ten” is a technique used to manage anger so it could be suggesting the singer is angry at the death of their loved one. “burning bright right till the end” I’m not quite sure about but it could represent the candles at a funeral or that the loved one is going to be a star “burning bright” or simply that the loved one is being cremated. “Now you’ll be missing from the photographs” is pretty self-explanatory- they won’t be in any more photos.
“In my thoughts, you’re far away
And you are whistling the melody, whistling the melody, Crystallising clear as day,
Oh, I can picture you so easily, picture you so easily ” could be representing the singer imagining the loved one still being alive or in heaven “whistling a melody”. I’m not quite sure what “crystalising clear as day” refers to but it could reference the dead body or how the image of the loved one will stay like that forever – not growing older-.
( (The chorus is obvious so I’ll just skip over that. ) )
The second verse quotes “Caught off guard by your favourite song,I’ll be dancing at a funeral, dancing at a funeral”. I think that this means that the singer is at the funeral and hears the loved ones favourite song and thus is “caught off guard”. “Sleeping in the clothes you love, It’s such a shame we had to see them burn, shame we had to see them burn” means that they are buried (“sleeping”) in the “clothes you love”. “Such a shame we had to see them burn” could represent the loved one being cremated or the singer burning all of their clothes.
“You might have to excuse me, I’ve lost control of all my senses, And you might have to excuse me, I’ve lost control of all my words” refers to being so upset they’ve “lost control of all of [their] senses”.
After researching this, I found out that frontman Dan Smith wrote the song “about loss”
Listen to Good Grief: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOrbfQpdLKo
One by Sarah Crossan was the most inspirational and life-changing book I may have ever read. Not only did it convey to me the feeling of having a twin sister, and used such emotion and feeling that I felt I understood. It also changed the way I felt about my own sibling. But the thing that the book did for me that I have deep respect for is it changed the way I thought about literacy.
The book is written in a free-verse style format. This blew my mind. How could a book possibly tell such an emotional story with only a few words per line? But I found by writing like this- there was no waffling. What I hate most in a book is waffling. Where the book takes a long time to get the point across and I, as a reader, become bored by the excessive use of formal language and unnecessary comments. One, however, was straight to the point but included so many beautiful metaphors and figurative language I was overwhelmed with emotion.
I highly recommend the book as it showed me a new way of conveying emotion. I have never cried at any book before, however, this one had me in floods of tears. The perspective, the format, the story line was so amazing and original. I feel in love with the (lovable) characters and felt as if I was truly part of that world. I will definitely be looking into more of Crossan’s work in the future.
I absolutely loved the chapter titles “Jon”. My favorite quote from the entire book is “For the first time I realise that, he is not perfect. And, I hate him for it.” . This quote can be applied to anyone who’s ever felt love. I’m not one for soppy love stories, but this quote spoke to me. This is the only quote I’ve ever seen expressing this sort of emotion about a problematic crush. Jon was by far my favorite character as he did not regard the twins as an inanimate object to goggle at, but as two separate people. He came from a broken home but didn’t moan, or take pity. He also didn’t pity the twins. He treated them as he would another “normal” person. Yasmeen did the same, but somehow I prefer the relationship Grace and Jon had. I felt it was a “forbidden” love as there was always Tippi.
Here are my top 10 underappreciated songs, I’ve tried to include songs from a range of artists and years, I hope you discover a song you love. [These are in no particular order]
16. .Joyriding- Frnk Iero andthe Celebration (Rock)
15. Suddenly I See- KT Turnstall (Pop)
14.Dead!- My Chemical Romance (Emo/ Rock)
13. Naive- The Kooks (Alt. Rock)
12.Mad Hatter- Melanie Martinez (Pop/ Electropop)
11.Love Drunk- Boys Like Girls (Indie/ Pop Rock)
10. March to the Sea- Twenty One Pilots (Indie Pop/ Electropop)
9. When we Were Young- The Wombats (Indie/ Rock)
8. All you are is History (Alt. Rock/ Pop Rock)
7. Better off Dead- Sleeping with Sirens (Alt. Rock/ Pop Rock)
6. Brain Food- Milk Teeth (Alt. Rock/ Pop Rock)
5. Drops of Jupiter- Train (Soft Rock/ Pop Rock)
4. Grace Kelly- Mika (Pop)
3. MakeDamnSure- Taking Back Sunday (Emo/ Alt. Rock)
2. I’m Made of Wax Larry, What are you Made of? (Post-Hardcore/ Pop Rock)
1. Jamie all Over- Mayday Parade (Alt. Rock/ Indie)
“You’re a regular decorated emergency” is a quote from the American, alternative rock band Panic! At the Disco, more specifically written by the former lead guitarist Ryan Ross on their debut album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out in 2005. The song it’s from is called Camisado, which means a surprise attack in military terms. Though the song is often forgotten and overshadowed on the album by more commercially successful songs such as I Write Sins Not Tragedies, it is definitely one of my favourites.
I really like the quote because I feel it expresses a person being “fake” or “overrated” but by using a clever metaphor. Personally, I feel Ross had a way with words and the songs he has written express that. Other quotes from his songs are “just for the record, the weather today is slightly sarcastic with a good chance of A) Indifference or B) Disinterest in what the critiques say” (London Beckoned Songs About Money Written By Machines) and “I’m the new cancer, never looked better, you can’t stand it, Because you say so under your breath, You’re reading lips “When did he get all confident?”” (There’s a Good Reason These Tables Are Lab
I really like the quote because I feel it expresses a person being “fake” or “overrated” but by using a clever metaphor. Personally, I feel Ross had a way with words and the songs he has written express that. Other quotes from his songs are “just for the record, the weather today is slightly sarcastic with a good chance of A) Indifference or B) Disinterest in what the critiques say” (London Beckoned Songs About Money Written By Machines) and “I’m the new cancer, never looked better, you can’t stand it, Because you say so under your breath, You’re reading lips “When did he get all confident?”” (There’s a Good Reason These Tables Are Labelled Honey I Just Haven’t Thought of it Yet).
But I really like Camisado and that quote. I feel like it describes how I feel toward some people so perfectly. They’re and emergency, but a regular kind. The term borders on contradiction because you are left wondering “how can an emergency be described as regular”. Then the song goes on to mention that said person is “decorated” meaning they’ve made out that they’re something more elaborate than they are. Much similar to that of a Christmas tree. A Christmas tree is just a regular pine tree, but when decorated it becomes a “special” tree.