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Song Analysis

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on 23 October 2012

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Presented by Jesse Riklis Wings - By Macklemore Theme What one wears does not define their individual value Literary devices They told me to just do it, I listened to what that swoosh said. Look at what that swoosh did.
See it consumed my thoughts
(Personification/Allusion)

Consumption is in the veins
(Metaphor)


(symbolism) Personal Opinion This is a great song because of the way it induces an emotional connection through its music and lyric. The way this artist is able to get his points across in such a meaningful way through his use of tone is incredible. However I do find it very ironic in a sense. The point of the song is to prove that these Nike running shoes are not essential to personal righteousness, however through the way that these Nike's are glorified at points during the song proves to provide another purpose. In a way the song that says "wearing Nike's isn't essential to self righteousness," is also promoting the shoe. And with this YouTube video's already 7,422,611 views, Nike is getting free marketing from a song that doesn't necessarily want to cause that. The complications of life grow with age In this part of the song, the Swoosh of the shoe is personified. This is to identify with the songwriters pursuit to be a professional basketball player, and the standards he feels he must meet to reach his goal.

The Swoosh &"Just do it" was made famous of course by the company Nike. The use of this allusion is to prove the commanding power this mega corporation has over the people of the world. It should also be duly noted that the company Nike itself is just an allusion to the Greek Goddess of Victory. The popular Swoosh was created to mimic the Goddess Nike's wings. The Nike shoes are are very glorified at the beginning of the song as they symbolized the young Macklemore's pursuit for success and self
preservation. However, as the song progressed the shoes started to symbolize a dark idea of consumer manipulation and
paranoia. In the end the songwriter allowed himself free from his consumerist ideas, and realized that the
shoes were not the deceitfully glorified symbols he had been consumed by, but just another
pair of shoes . People are often so consumed by societies ideals that they often lose track of the ideologies that make them individuals I was seven years old, when I got my first pair
I stepped outside
And I was like, Momma , this air bubble right here, it’s gonna make me fly
I hit that court, and when I jumped, I jumped, I swear I got so high
I touched the net, Mom I touched the net.. this is the best day of my life
Air Max’s were next,
That air bubble, that mesh
The box, the smell, the stuffin, the tread. At school
I was so cool
I knew that I couldn’t crease ‘em
My friends couldn’t afford ‘em
Four stripes on their Adidas
On the court I wasn’t the best, but my kicks were like the pro's
Yo, I stick out my tongue so everyone could see that logo
Nike Air Flight , book bag was so dope
And then my friend Carlos’ brother got murdered for his Fours, whoa
See he just wanted a jump shot, but they wanted his Starter coat though
Didn’t wanna get caught, from Genesee Park to Othello
You get clowned for those Pro Wings, with the velcro
Those were not tight
I was trying to fly without leaving the ground, cuz I wanted to be like Mike, right
Wanted to be him
I wanted to be that guy, I wanted to touch the rim

I wanted to be cool, and I wanted to fit in
I wanted what he had, America, it begins

Chorus:
I want to fly
Can you take me far away
Give me a star to reach for
Tell me what it takes
And I’ll go so high
I’ll go so high
My feet won’t touch the ground
its my wings
That pull the strings
I bought these dreams
That all fall down

We want what we can’t have, commodity makes us want it
So expensive, damn, I just got to flaunt it
Got to show ‘em, so exclusive, this that new shoe
Find More lyrics at www.sweetslyrics.com
A hundred dollars for a pair of shoes I would never hoop in
Look at me, look at me, I’m a cool kid
I’m an individual, yea, but I’m part of a movement
My movement told me be a consumer and I consumed it
They told me to just do it, I listened to what that swoosh said
Look at what that swoosh did
See it consumed my thoughts
Are you stupid, don’t crease ‘em, just leave ‘em in that box
Strangled by these laces, laces I can barely talk
That’s my air bubble and I’m lost, if it pops
We are what we wear, we wear what we are
But see I look inside the mirror and think Phil Knight tricked us all
Will I stand for change, or stay in my box
These Nikes help me define me, but I’m trying to take mine, off

Chorus:
I want to fly
Can you take me far away
Give me a star to reach for
Tell me what it takes
And I’ll go so high
I’ll go so high
My feet won’t touch the ground
cause it's my wings
That pull the strings
I bought these dreams
That all fall down

They started out, with what I wear to school
That first day, like these are what make you cool
And this pair, this would be my parachute
So much more than just a pair of shoes
Nah, this is what I am
What I wore, this is the source of my youth
This dream that they sold to you
For a hundred dollars and some change
Consumption is in the veins
And now I see it’s just another pair of shoes Wings Lyrics This powerful metaphor is used to portray the infectious nature of consumerism. It is to say that consumption is generally a part of who we are as people. We are always in pursuit of things to consume; it is the way we are wired.
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