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A Midsummer Night's Dream Soundtrack
Transcript of A Midsummer Night's Dream Soundtrack
A Midsummer Night's Dream
"Your Call": Secondhand Serenade
“Your Call” relates to the play from Helena’s point of view specifically. “Cause I was born to tell you I love you, and I am torn to do what I have to, to make you mine.” This song is about someone who has a deep love for another person and they are willing to do whatever to make them theirs. Helena does exactly this because she runs after Demetrius even when he scorns her and insults her over and over. She is so in love that she will continue to love him and pursue him. Helena wants him to be hers and she is torn because she realizes that she is the one doing the wooing which is against all women’s roles in Athens at that time.
"Stupid In Love": Rihanna
This song has two similar underlying themes; falling in love for no real reason or drive and being foolish in love. The song is about being in a relationship that is clearly not successful and she struggles, yet she is still in love with him. This would suit the idea of falling in love for no legitimate reason and how love makes us foolish. In the song it says “but you act like a jerk, silly of me to keep holding on.” This line shows that when one is so in love, they are blinded and are not able to see the downfall of the person they love. In some cases they might see the problem, but are too infatuated to leave the relationship. In the text, the lovers fall in love with the wrong person and Titania falls in love with Bottom; however there is no reason other than the fact that they were anointed by the nectar. For example, Titania was in love with a donkey, but she was so blinded by her infatuation that she did not think about what she was doing!
"40 Day Dream": Edward Shar and The Magnetic Zeros
This song relates to the idea of dreams. The song is about a man finding a woman that is absolutely perfect and this love is a mystery and it is so good that he must be dreaming. “Ah, it’s the magical mystery kind. Ah, must be a lie.” This line relates to the text in the idea that four lovers were so in love and they were able to express it freely; it must be a lie but fortunately it is all real! “Nobody better pinch me.” This line shows that this dream and this love is so amazing that he does not want it to end. This relates in the text when Theseus does not want to see this love end so he overrules Egeus so the four lovers can marry one another and be happy in the end. Also, the name of the song has the word dream in which carries on the motif of dreams throughout the play and the song.
"Fallin' Apart": All American Rejects
This song outlines the temporary break up of Hermia and Demetrius after Demetrius is anointed with the nectar by accident and he falls in love with Helena. It focuses more on Hermia’s point of view of the situation especially in the lines “either way you’re breaking my heart. Where ever you go I’m crawling, even when we’re falling, even when we’re falling apart.” She, of course, still loves him because she was not anointed but she’s heart broken when he tells her that he hates her and loves Helena. “Say that you’re leaving,” this line relates to how he left her, for the time being. However, his love for Helena was all fake even though she was heartbroken because she thought that was the end of their love. The fact that she did not leave him after he rejected her shows her fight for his love which relates to the Bryan Adams song and ”Your Call” by Secondhand Serenade because she is determined to make this love work because she has already tried so hard.
By: Leila Zaki
"Clarity": Zedd ft. The Foxes
Clarity also falls under the theme of being in love even when it does not work out. “Hold still right before we crash ‘cause we both know how this ends. A clock ticks ‘til it breaks your glass and I drown in you again. ‘Cause you are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need. Chasing relentlessly, still fight and I don’t know why. If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy.” This series of lines shows that even though this person recognizes the relationship is unsuccessful.
This song and the text relate with the motif of imagination. The song has a few lines where the character would be imagining these things. “Monsters calling my name... in my field paper flowers and candy clouds of lullaby... and watch my purple sky fly over me.” These images are created using imagination because there are no real fields of flowers and candy clouds in a purple sky. The song implies that imagination takes us to another realm beyond ours (reality); a realm that is much higher. This is outlines in the verse “don’t say I’m out of touch.” The text uses a motif of dreams which goes in hand with imagination. When one dreams, their minds imagines things without a need for conscious thought.
"Somebody That I Use to Know": Gotye ft. Kimbra
Even though the lyrics of this song are not relevant to the play, I chose this song because of the harmony between the two artists’ voices in the second chorus. The text has a motif of music and music being in harmony and peace. It also relates to the compatibility and belonging of two lovers, for example, Titania and Bottom wanted to listen to crude music that was not harmonious and that symbolized how they did not belong together. Like the song has a beautiful harmony and is peaceful, so are the three couples in the play.
"Everything I do I do it for you": Bryan Adams
This song is about a man fighting for his love and he explains how well worth it will be “Don’t tell me it’s not worth fightin’ for, I can’t help it, there’s nothin’ I want more.” This song relates the struggles the four lovers went through to be together. They were first prohibited to marry who they wanted, falling in love with the wrong person, Helena betrayed by her best friend and the man she loves, and finally they were able to marry their true love. The song is all about fighting for who you love and doing whatever it takes to make them yours. “I would give it all, I would sacrifice.” The play is all about the obstacles that the lovers had to endure to be with the one they love, but they did not give up.
"At Last": Etta James
This song is similar to the song by Bryan Adams, but it focuses more on finally being with the person you love and celebrating it. “At last, my love has come along, my lonely days are over, and life is like a song... A dream that I can call my own.” It connects to the final uniting of the lovers at last and how there is harmony (life is like a song) and a dream (this love that is so great) that is now in reach. It outlines the motifs from before as well, making it very appropriate for this text.