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Analysis- Mosh by Eminem

HCI ProjectsDay Grp 6-15 Beyond the Lyrics

Samuel Tan

on 1 August 2010

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Transcript of Analysis- Mosh by Eminem

Mosh is a protest by Eminem, strategically released on October 26, 2004 as a digital single, just before the 2004 American Presidential campaign to sway the confidence of voters in their chosen candidate, namely George Washington Bush. Eminem harboured a lot of hatred towards George Bush and vented much of his frustrations in this song, with the aim to influence as many as he could to kick George Bush out of the White House. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America
And to the Republic for which it stands
One nation under God
Indivisible with liberty and justice for all...It feels so good to be back… It starts with little children saying the American Pledge , an introduction into the American society during the period. A contrast to what Eminem feels about the American Government and George Bush in particular, not pure, unjust, corrupt. The 2 lines “One Nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all” is brought out and it is the absolute opposite of what Eminem feels is happening to his country I scrutinize every word, memorize every line
I spit it once, refuel, re-energize and rewind
I give sight to the blind, my insight through the mind
I exercise my right to express when I feel it's time Here, Eminem tells us what thoughts are racing through his mind as he writes the script and lyrics for the song and when he is about to sing it. His aim is to “give sight to the blind, his insight through the mind”. In essence, he wishes to expose how unjust George Bush is.
It's just all in your mind, what you interpret it as
I say to fight, you take it as I'mma whip someone's ass
If you don't understand, don't even bother to ask He wants all those who listen to him and get the song’s meaning to fight for their rights. Being a controversial singer, he pays no heed to whatever other people think hence “It’s just all in your mind, what you interpret it as”. [Chorus:]
Come along follow me as I lead through the darkness
As I provide just enough spark that we need to proceed
Carry on, give me hope, give me strength
Come with me and I won't steer you wrong
Put your faith and your trust as I guide us through the fog
To the light at the end of the tunnel Being such a popular and controversial singer who speaks out his mind regarding the country’s political climate, he can be considered a political singer. He has a huge following with over a few million fans in America itself and many support his ideas and what he sings. He asks them all here for a favour – to support him as he tries to bring about change. Here, he hints that the government hides certain information, hence the need for him to lead them “through the fog, to the light at the end of the tunnel”, to the truth that has been kept hidden from them all the while Bush was in power. We gonna fight, we gonna charge, we gonna stomp, we gonna march through the swamp, we gonna mosh through the marsh
Take us right through the doors (c'mon) Here, he encourages a rebellion and if need be, violence – “Charing, stomping and marching” through. The swamp refers to a very murky and gloomy place, a metaphor for the White House and all the secrets held within. All the people up top on the side and the middle
Come together lets all bomb and swamp just a little
Just let it gradually build from the front to the back
All you can see is a sea of people some white and some black
Don't matter what color, all that matters we gathered together
To celebrate for the same cause don't matter the weather In Mosh’s video, the camera pulls back and we see soldies in desert fatigues. It zooms in on a particular soldier who is nodding is head just like the others. We can see that he is thinking as he is listening to the music and that he is angry. Mosh was created to stir up anti-Bush feelings in the country. Unlike many other songs that may just lament how bad a particular leader is, Mosh actually causes its listeners to think back and reflect on the political situation that one is living in. In fact, Mosh allows its listeners to harness that anger and channel it properly – in this case, to vote George Bush out of the White House. In the video, Private Kelly who just came back from the war has been reassigned to Iraq and we can see the hate brewing within him and his family. Furthermore, he feels that the era under George Bush was very dark, racism still part of the society, thus he includes “ all you can see is a sea of people some white and some black. Don’t matter what colour, all that matters we gathered together”. He wants unity in the country, something Bush hadn’t provided. If it rains let it rain, yea the wetter the better
They ain't gonna stop us they can't, we stronger now more than ever
They tell us no we say yea, they tell us stop we say go
Rebel with a rebel yell, raise hell we gonna let em know
Stomp, push, shove, mush,
Fuck Bush, until they bring our troops home (c'mon) His true intentions are out, he hates Bush and he wants to get him out. He wants his crowd to “raise hell”. [Chorus]
Imagine it pouring, it's raining down on us
Mosh pits outside the oval office
Someone's tryina tell us something,
Maybe this is God just sayin' we're responsible
For this monster, this coward,
That we have empowered In the scene in the video, a certain person “tenant 508” is being evicted out of her house. As she stares at the screen, it reads “Breaking News – Tax Cuts declared by Bush”. The money is being used by the government to fuel war efforts and other stuff Eminem views as unnecessary to the progress of America. Hate overcomes this character and she too joins Eminem. This is Bin Laden, look at his head noddin'
How could we allow something like this without pumping our fists Now, the TV flashes Bin Laden making a speech. He makes a ruse of it by hinting that it is all a staged up thing that Bush uses as his reason to invade Iraq and the likes. Even though we know that Bin Laden and his threats are real as ever, it is a metaphor for all the truths that Bush has kept hidden from the public that ought to be known. Now this is our final hour
Let me be the voice in your strength and your choice
Let me simplify the rhyme just to amplify the noise
Try to amplify the times it, and multiply by six...
Teen million people,
Are equal at this high pitch
Maybe we can reach alqueda through my speech He enforces his point that with numbers, they can succeed in overturning Bush, since one person cannot make much of a difference on his own. He wants his listeners to spread the message across the country to all their friends, amplify the noise and multiply it by 16 million people. Let the president answer a higher anarchy
Strap him with an Ak-47, let him go, fight his own war
Let him impress daddy that way
No more blood for oil, we got our own battles to fight on our own soil
No more psychological warfare, to trick us to thinking that we ain't loyal
If we don't serve our own country, we're patronizing a hero He wants George Bush to face punishments for all the wrong decisions he has made. Eminem feels Bush should not have let innocent men enter the battlefield to fight his own wars. Families are made to lose sons and fathers whilst people lose their brothers. Instead, he feels that since Bush instigates everyone to fight, he should be the one on the battlefield too to set an example. “No more blood for oil, we got our own battles to fight on our own soil.” He feels that all Bush has done is a waste of resources since America does have her own internal problems like Racism, Corruption…etc as pointed out in “Where is the Love?” In America, posters are put up telling the public to join the army and be patriotic, Eminem finds this all a scam. Look in his eyes its all lies
The stars and stripes, they've been swiped, washed out and wiped
And replaced with his own face, Mosh now or die
If I get sniped tonight you know why,
Cause I told you to fight. He finds George Bush a liar. The stars and stripes which symbolise the American Flag have been “swiped, washed out and wiped”. The very basis in which America was formed and the pillars of its foundation have been swept away by Bush. The country encourages and promote free speech but even here, Eminem hints a slight fear. After all, he might get “sniped tonight and you know why, because [he] told you to fight”. He feels this sort of occurrence has happened countless times in the past especially since Bush would never allow anyone to speak out against him. Eminem continues, he wants people to fight for their beliefs. [Chorus]
And as we proceed,
To Mosh through this desert storm,
In these closing statements, if they should argue
Let us beg to differ
As we set aside our differences
And assemble our own army
To disarm this Weapon of Mass DestructionT
hat we call our President, for the present
And Mosh for the future of our next generation
To speak and be heard
Mr. President, Mr. Senator
Do you guy's hear us...hear us...[laughing] (Hailie) Eminem threatens the government one more time as he assembles his “army” to topple the hypocrites in power. He considers the President a Weapon of Mass Destruction since he causes so much damage and harm to so many people. He wants everyone to hear him and listen to him. MOSH As the term “mosh” suggests, it denotes a violent upheaval of society since the literal team is to “dance violently to rock music”. This song track criticizes George Bush’s "War on Terror" Campaign
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