Gymnasium Odenthal Facharbeit im Grundkurs 3 Englisch A lyric analysis of the song “You Know You´re Right“ of Kurt Cobain´s band Nirvana, with regard to his sudden death Vorgelegt von: Tom Fachlehrer: Frau Lüttkemeier Schuljahr: 2015/2016 Abgabetermin: 17.03.2016 Table of Contents : 1. Introduction : ( p.3 ) 2. Biography : ---------- - Who was Kurt Cobain ? (p.3) ----------- 2.1 Childhood and Youth (p.,4) ------------ 2.2 The Way to Music (p.4-5) ----------- 2.3 Fame and Death (p. 5-6) 3. Facts about Nirvana : (p. 6) 3. Analysis of Lyrics…
„Which side are you on? “
Rhetorical analysis auf a political song
The first and original version of “Which Side Are You On? “was written by Florence Reece in 1931, she was the wife of Sam Reece who had been union worker for a mining company in Kentucky. The main reason to write this text was because of the “Harlan County War”, where worker and union organizers worked against coal companies and the law.
Actually, they were trying to make their work conditions better. Since back then the song has been rearranged a few times and one time by Ani DiFranco in 2012. Where she took these classic lyrics and made a new song so the American people would listen to it because in that year a new president should be elected.
In fact, I suppose she wrote the whole song to make the American people wake up and get them to vote. There are a lot of rhetorical figures in the lyrics and I want to take a closer look at them, and which are used wisely to influence the reader or much more the listener in a good way.
I think her main goal was that more people should go to the next election than to the election before, and that really everybody should take part in the election. Even if almost hundred years have gone by since this song was originally written the words and rhetorical figures used still apply to people from today.
And I will show you why in the main part of this paper.
The message of these lyrics now and back than may be a bit different but words or phrases which were used back then may have the same meaning as now. Like “30 years of diggin’ got us in this hole”, means we lived in these conditions for 30 years and it is our own fault we have to.
When the coal workers were working under really bad conditions back then they started doing strikes against the companies and this text was created because the workers should be united against the companies. Personally, I think the workers from 1931 are now the people who put their hope in the wrong politicians like the workers who put their luck in the .....[read full text]