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John Legend - All Of Me

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Kenrick Lam

on 17 December 2014

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Transcript of John Legend - All Of Me

- "
My head's underwater but I'm breathing fine.
- "Love your curves and all your edges. All your
perfect imperfections.
- Here the poet compares his love interest to his "end" and also his "beginning".
- "
You're my downfall, you're my muse.

- "
Even when I lose I'm winning
"What would I do without your
smart mouth

- A mouth does not have the human trait of intelligence, by this he means the words that come from her mouth are smart.

"What's going on in that
beautiful mind

Likewise, an abstract idea such as the mind can not be described by an adjective.
All of Me
"Cards on the table.
We're both showing hearts.

- The cards of hearts as mentioned above symbolizes the couples sincere and endless love that they devote to each other.
Theme analysis
- The theme of this song is to
always give the best of yourself to
those who carry significance in your
life. Accordingly, the title of this
song is "All of Me" because John implies
that he would do anything and everything
to be with his special lover.This song
also highlights the fact that nobody is
perfect. People's imperfections should
be cherished rather than ignored
because they also define us as a
person. The poetic devices within
the "All of Me" helps convey
these messages by delivering
emphasis towards John's
- "
The world is beating you down.

- The "world" is given the human
quality to do something that
sounds unrealistic.
- It does not make sense to be perfect when one is also imperfect. Though he means that he accepts her for who she is.

Songs are Poetry!
- "
I can’t stop s
t’s r
n my head for you.
- "
Got my head sp
ng, no k
ng, I can’t p
n you down.

- "
ould I do
ithout your smart mouth.
- "
How many
imes do I have
ell you.
- "
The world is beating y
u down, I’m around thr
ugh every m
I’m on your magical mystery ride
- "
You're my end and my beginning.
- An allusion to the classic
Beatles album "Magical
Mystery Tour".
- This is an exaggeration because it is impossible to breathe perfectly fine with your head underwater.
- "
My head's underwater but I'm breathing fine.
- In the context of this song, the
word "fire" is pronounced as "fine",
which is a huge misconception.
- "
Cards on the table
, we’re both showing hearts.
- At first glance it seems strange
because it does not make sense to
lose, but win at the same time. However
it has a deeper meaning. The poet insights how even when he loses, he still wins because he has her.
- Comparing to the real life action of
"putting yourself on the line without
knowledge of the outcome."
By John Legend
[Verse 1]
What would I do without your smart mouth
Drawing me in, and you kicking me out
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
- Paraphrased: Captivated by his lover's love; he
feels faint, admiring both her particular tone and way of thinking.
This displays irony because the poet
expresses how she brings him down, but
at the same time she is his source of
inspiration. I believe the poet is
trying to say that this causes him to
create music.
- "Got my head spinning, no kidding,
I can’t pin you down.
- Figuratively, to demand and
receive a firm answer from
someone to some question.
My head’s under water
But I’m breathing fire
You’re crazy and I’m out of my mind
- Paraphrased: The love he possesses
for his lover will always overwhelm
the minor hatred they share,
making them equally insane.
‘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
- Paraphrased: From every detail of her body down to
her personality, he has grown an attachment. Despite
his failures, John always feels successful because of
their special bond.
[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
- Paraphrased: He always is there to comfort
her when she is insecure or miserable.
Though his lover may be his undoing,
she is also a inspiration; he can't
stop thinking about her.

Speaker, Setting, and Tone
Kenrick Lam Block 2
- Speaker is a male describing the
immense attachment he possesses for his
lover. There are no shifts in his attitude.
- In the context of this song, the setting
can be interpreted as the speaker being beside his lover or perhaps just simply
imagining about her. There are no changes.
- The tone of this song expresses both melancholy and passion. Only a slight
change is noticeable; more energy is
gradually released as the song
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