Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sound the Bugle by Bryan Adams/Hans Zimmer

Sound the bugle now,
Play it just for me.
As the seasons change,
remember how I used to be.
Now I can't go on,
I can't even start.
I've got nothing left,
Just and empty heart.

I'm a soldier,
Wounded so I must give up the fight.
There's nothing more for me here,
Lead me away.
Or leave me lying here.

Sound the bugle now,
Tell them I don't care.
There's not a road I know,
That leads to anywhere.
Without a light
I fear that I may stumble in the dark.
Lay right down and decide
Not to go on.

Then from on high,
Somewhere in the distance,
There's a voice that calls
"Remember who you are,
If you lose yourself, your courage soon will follow.
So be strong tonight...remember who you are."

Yeah, you're a soldier now.
Fighting in a battle,
To be free once more.
Yeah, that's worth fighting for.

       I had quite the dilemma for this week's response, unlike most poetry response weeks I can't find a poem, and this week I had tons that I thought of doing but couldn't decide! I decided to do this one because its one of my favorite songs from my childhood. I quite like it because its a pick-me-up sort of song; you can't but help to feel better after listening to it if you're down. The song itself (go listen to it!) starts out rather slow and mellow, and then gradually gains a more positive tone as it goes on. The artists (I don't know who specifically wrote the song) start out by telling the listener to "Sound the bugle," which usually signals the end of a battle or retreat from it-showing that he just wants whatever is happening to just to be over. He tries to inspire himself to be strong like he used to be before the "seasons changed," (from the good times of summer to the desolate and cold winter) but fails. The artist then uses metaphor to compare himself to a soldier, carrying the theme of being in a battle of some sort further into the song. He says he is wounded, and does not have the will or the strength to keep fighting; he even goes so far as to say he can just be left where he is to die, shockingly showing that he also believes himself to be worthless. The artist then brings up the symbol of the bugle again, sort of beating the listener over the head with the fact that he doesn't want to struggle any longer. When the song states "Withough a light I fear I may stumble in the dark," the artist then gives a reason as to why he doesn't have the will to go on,  he doesn't know where to go or what to do, and fears that if he goes any farther without spefific direction he will only be injured again. The song then takes a more positive tone (the music itself also gains a more upbeat tune) when a "voice," maybe God, a comrade, or his own conscience, tells him to get up and keep on going, or risk losing himself completely. This then seems to motivate the speaker, making him remember what he is fighting for and what it means to him. The metaphor of being a soldier is brought up again. It is then said that he is fighting "to be free once more," possibly from himself or something else, like he was before.

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