Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Bad Day?

I don't really watch many music videos, since MTV was banned from my house when i was little pretty much, so my library of choice for this assignment was limited to say the least. However, I chose this video primarily because it tells a story. The screen is divided in several portions of the video to show parallel stories that eventually merge and we see as the characters find a common tie as they graffiti the billboard. The idea that the lyrics convey of having a bad day and falling into routine are portrayed in the beginning as the characters change clothes as the days pass but they perform the same repeated tasks.

Where is the moment we needed the most
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost
They tell me your blue skies fade to gray
They tell me your passion's gone away
And I don't need no carryin' on

You stand in the line just to hit a new low
You're faking a smile with the coffee you go
You tell me your life's been way off line
You're falling to pieces every time
And I don't need no carryin' on

Because you had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
The camera don't lie
You're coming back down and you really don't mind
You had a bad day
You had a bad day

Will you need a blue sky holiday?
The point is they laugh at what you say
And I don't need no carryin' on

You had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
The camera don't lie
You're coming back down and you really don't mind
You had a bad day

(Oooh.. a holiday..)

Sometimes the system goes on the blink
And the whole thing turns out wrong
You might not make it back and you know
That you could be well oh that strong
And I'm not wrong

(yeah...)

So where is the passion when you need it the most
Oh you and I
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost

Cause you had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
You've seen what you like
And how does it feel for one more time
You had a bad day
You had a bad day

Even though the lyrics say nothing about falling in love, this 'passion' that was 'needed the most' is interpreted in the video as the characters find each other and in essence this brightens their bad day. I think that the idea of incorporating love and relationships into the video made it that much easier to relate to.The song could have been about having a bad day because of anything else, but because the music video makes it about companionship and relationships it makes it something marketable, something the audience can automatically relate to. And although we all KNOW the characters are going to end up meeting each other and falling in love and living happily ever after, because it's about love, it keeps the audience watching.

1 comment:

Jonathan Yu said...

I've been looking for this song forever! Thanks.

Just a random comment.