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All of Me Song Analysis

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Maddy Galloway

on 15 September 2014

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Transcript of All of Me Song Analysis

All of Me
Song Analysis




Metaphor

The fourth literary device used in the song is metaphor. John Legend uses quite a few metaphors in his song. One metaphor he uses is in the pre-chorus when he says "
My heads under water, but I'm breathing fine.
" This is a metaphor because he's comparing being under water and being able to breathe which are two very unlike things, since if he was really under water he obviously wouldn't be able to breathe.
All of Me Lyrics
[Verse 1:]
What would I do without your smart mouth?
Drawing me in, and you kicking me out
You've got my head spinning, no kidding, I can't pin you down
What's going on in that beautiful mind
I'm on your magical mystery ride
And I'm so dizzy, don't know what hit me, but I'll be alright

[Pre-Chorus:]
My head's under water
But I'm breathing fine
You're crazy and I'm out of my mind

[Chorus:]
'Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I'll give my all to you
You're my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I'm winning
'Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, ohoh

[Verse 2:]
How many times do I have to tell you
Even when you're crying you're beautiful too
The world is beating you down, I'm around through every mood
You're my downfall, you're my muse
My worst distraction, my rhythm and blues
I can't stop singing, it's ringing, in my head for you

[Pre-Chorus Repeat:]

[Chorus Repeat:]

[Bridge:]
Give me all of you
Cards on the table, we're both showing hearts
Risking it all, though it's hard

[Chorus Repeat:]

I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, ohoh




Imagery
Point of View
The second literacy device used is Point of View. The whole song is sang from John Legends perspective. He uses words like "
My
" and "
I
" referring to himself. In the first verse he says "
What would I do without your smart mouth?
" This shows that he is speaking from his perspective and talking to the girl.
Conflict

The conflict in the song, is pretty much happening during the whole song. The conflict is between John and the woman, who clearly thinks that she isn't as perfect as John is always trying to tell her. He is constantly complimenting her, and she isn't believing it. An example of when this happens is "
How many times do I have to tell you, even when you're crying you're beautiful too
" and "
Love your curves and all your edges.
" They are constantly battling back and forth about herself.
Theme
The theme of the whole song is even though you're not always perfect to yourself, someone else out there thinks you're perfect and loves you. This is shown throughout the whole song when John says nice things about the women like "
'Cause all of me, loves all of you.
" As you see in the song, he thinks she is perfect, while she disagrees.
Oxymoron
By: John Legend
In the song "
All of Me,
" the literary device imagery was used. John Legend made us picture a perfect, beautiful woman. In the song, the girl seems insecure about how she looks and he is always trying to make her feel good by saying the good things about her. For example, "
Love your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections,
" and "
Even when you're crying you're beautiful too
" are good examples to make us imagine the beautiful girl he sees.
A third literacy device used in the song is oxymoron. Often, John Legend will combine opposite words to get his point across. In the chorus, he says "
All your perfect imperfections
" and those are two opposite words complimenting each other.
Thanks for Listening!
By: Maddy and Jayde
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