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Skyscraper (by: Demi Lovato) Analysis

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Maria Camila Velasquez

on 27 October 2015

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Transcript of Skyscraper (by: Demi Lovato) Analysis

Story of the Song
This song is about how a girl feels fragile and worthless and she feels that she can be destroyed and harmed by anyone. But although she states negative thoughts about herself, she also says that you should be strong and rise above and overcome every obstacle, no matter the circumstances (as she compares herself with a skyscraper)
Facts about Demi Lovato
Demetria Devonne was born in August 20, 1992 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
23 years old
Famous songs: Cool for the Summer (Confident, 2015), Really Don't Care (Demi, 2013), Lala Land (Here we go again, 2009), Let it Go (Demi, 2013)
American philanthropist, singer, actress and song writer
Skyscraper was her fist single after exiting the treatment facility she had been admitted to, in November of 2010 (inner conflicts) due to self-cutting and eating disorders
It represents the journey and battle she had experienced and been through in the previous year (2010)
Interesting facts about the song
Reason why Demi Lovato wrote it (what it represents to her)
Where did the name of the song came from
The peaceful, calmed and slow rhythm
The concise and interesting use of phrases, literary devices and powerful words
The use of instruments and the singer's vocals
Setting of the song
"The song was inspired by a picture of the apocalypse, in which the world was in ruins and among collapsed buildings, one skyscraper was still standing"
Evaluation of the Song
I believe this song is a very emotional and inspirational song that transmits a very powerful and strong message to all the listeners (which is that you need to have the strength to stand up, rise above and overcome any obstacle, no matter the circumstances. And that no matter what other people say or think you need to know that you are a great, unique human being that deserves love, care and respect.
Literary Devices
Skyscraper (by: Demi Lovato) Analysis
By: Maria Camila Velasquez

Video of the Song
"Like a Skyscraper"
"Like I'm made of paper"
"Like I'm made of glass"
"Run, run, run"
"Untangle you from me"
"Yeah it's a long way down, but I am closer to the clouds up here"
Rhetorical Questions:
"Do you have to make me feel like there's nothing left of me?"
"Would it make you feel better to watch me while I bleed?"
"Try to tear me down"
Lyrics of the Song
Why did Demi Lovato wrote this song?
"This song is so special to me because it's inspired by my journey and the struggles that I've dealt with this past year. I hope people are able to relate to it and realize that they are able to rise above and overcome any obstacle, no matter the circumstances, and shine like a skyscraper. I am still on a personal journey dealing with my own issues each and every day, but the best advice I can give to anyone going through a rough patch is to never be afraid to ask for help."

Demi's response in an interview with Seventeen
"On November 1, 2010, Demi's publicist announced the Disney star had entered a treatment facility for "physical and emotional issues," which was subsequently reported to include an eating disorder and self-cutting. Her first single since her stint in treatment finds the singer/actress finding strength in the wake of a fading relationship and it symbolizes her resilience in the face of her personal issues. "

Released on July 12, 2011
Written in 1st person view
Album: Unbroken
Duration: 3:42
#10 on the Hot Billboard Awards
Sold 176,000 digital downloads

Additional Facts

"I got to the point where I was lying to everyone, lying about eating and being happy…I became a little brat and I had so much growing up to do, and I never intentionally meant to be that way, but I just had so much going on in my head."

Demi's words in her skyscraper premiere Interview with RYAN seacrest
Demi's breathy, quivering and powerful vocals
Use of instruments
Percussion instruments like drum and bass (Verse 2, chorus and bridge)
First Verse: lonely, pulsing piano (harmonizes)
Composed in the key of G major
Synthesizer (breathy sounds in the chorus)
Chorus: "cry for help" (powerful, soulful)
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