Are you a Spongebob Squarepants
watcher? There is an episode called "Band Geeks" and in this
episode a famous song is used. At the end, you see all the main
characters (Plankton, Squidward, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Sandy and
Spongebob) performing the song "Sweet Victory" on a big stage.
You can see a crowd of people swaying as the whole 'band' is
rockin out. In reality, this song was sung by David Glen Eisley
in the 1970's; he was know as a heavy metal arena rocker. In his
song, the message is: if we never give up we will be victorious.
There are several elements of the song that carry through and
stay constant with this message. In the song, "Sweet Victory,"
David Glen Eisley's poetic use of diction, sounds, repetition,
figures of speech, and imagery emphasize the theme: "Fight for
The diction (choice of words, for
example- the lyrics) of this song are all screaming one thing:
"FIGHT!!!" What exactly is to be fought is up to the listener.
Because of the first two lines of the second stanza in the first
verse (according tohttp://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/d/david_glen_eisley/sweet_victory.html)
"Against all the odds, against all your pain/Your back's on the
wall with no one to blame" could be said that the song's meaning
is to 'fight life.' In other words to reach 'sweet victory' we
must never 'give up.' This can be seen in the second and third
lines of the chorus which says "It's ours for the taking/It's our
for the fight.' The choice of the words for this song (the
diction) creates a message that can be very clearly interpreted
as "fight for victory."
Also, along with the diction is the
sound. Both of these go hand in hand to portray the 'don't give
up' theme. Since David Glen Eisley is a heavy metal rocker the
use of his drums and electric guitar emphasizes his message of
'fight to win.' In addition to the squeaking of the electric
guitar and beat of drums comes the rhyme scheme of the song. The
structure is two stanzas for the first verse, then a chorus and
then two stanzas for the second verse, then the chorus and then
the chorus again. The rhyme scheme for the first stanza of the
verses are a/b/a/b and for the second stanza it's a/a/a. The
chorus is set up to be something like a/b/c/a/d/d. The verses'
rhyme schemes are pretty constant. This is important because that
is where the meat of the message is. For example the last lines
of the first stanza of the first verse says 'It's the thrill of
one more kill/The last one to fall will never sacrifice their
will.' This shows a strong and constant rhyming sound that is
pleasant to the listeners; it makes the listener want to sing it.
What they are singing can be interpreted as 'fight and you will
be victorious.' Through the audio sounds of the guitar and drums
and also through the sounds created by the rhyming scheme itself
the meaning to this song can be said to be "fight for
Next, there is evident repetition to
this song that also reinforces the message of 'fight for
victory.' The chorus is an example of this. The verses of this
song (as stated before) have a very constant rhyming flow whereas
the chorus doesn't. The chorus portrays the message in a
different way. This could be said to be repetitious. After the
first verse is sung, the chorus is sung, then the second verse
and then the chorus and then after that the chorus is sung AGAIN.
This example of repetition can be seen on this website (the
lyrics of the song:http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/d/david_glen_eisley/sweet_victory.html).
This repetition greatly emphasizes the theme because the main
point of the chorus is 'the winner is victorious.' The repetition
of the chorus helps to make it clear that the meaning of this
song can be interpreted to be 'fight for victory.'
Another important element of this song
are the figures of speech. These figures of speech can mainly be
found in the second stanza of the first verse. It says 'Be on the
attack with your wings on the wind / Oh, the games will begin.'
Of course the song doesn't mean literal wings (we obviously don't
have wings) and it doesn't literally mean 'games.' So what does
it really mean? Well these figures of speech are used to
elaborate the theme 'fight for victory.' When it says 'with your
wings to the wind' that gives a sense of flying to the end, being
victorious. If we keep moving on then 'the games will begin.'
What games? Perhaps the games of victory, the games of winning
the games. These figures of speech are crucial in making the song
as poetic as it is, along with relaying the message of 'fight for
victory' to the listeners.
Lastly, in this song there are whole
bunches of imagery. Imagery throughout the poem also enunciate
the interpreted message. The second line of the entire song is
"it's the thrill of one more kill." Does that seem to create an
image? Maybe it creates an image of defeating something and/or
the image of success. Perhaps it creates an image of money, fame,
wisdom, or power. These images come from just that one line in
the song; these images all relate to the meaning of 'fight for
victory.' Another example of imagery that parallels the meaning
is the line that says "push with a fever." This line has the
ability to create an image of someone striving against all odds
with a passion toward a goal, an image of sweat, glory and
perseverance. The images in this song all portray the message
"fight for victory."
In conclusion, the song, "Sweet
Victory," performed by David Glen Eisley can be interpreted to
have a theme of 'fight for victory.' Through the diction (choice
of words) we can interpret (the lyrics of the chorus as well as
the verses) the message of we must fight and conquer, win and
terminate all things against us to have victory. The sounds also
make this theme clear in that the rock n roll sounds of the
instruments are edgy, loud, and almost screaming along with the
singer. The sounds of the poetry within the song reinforces the
theme as well in that the constant rhyme scheme gives it a beat
and pleasant sound that flows right along with the powerful
lyrics. The chorus is unique in that it is repeated several times
throughout the song. This repetition is also used to emphasize
the theme 'fight for victory' because that is what the whole
chorus is about. Figures of speech make the listeners think and
feel about what they mean; they can be interpreted to mean 'fight
for victory.' And last of all, imagery in the song plants
pictures in the listener's mind that illuminates fighting to win
and never giving up that fight for victory. At first when
listening to a song it appears that the song is just the same
ol', typical, structured song. But when listening to it closely
and trying to pinpoint a theme, it can be interpreted in a
clearer and more interesting way than what was expected.
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