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Snow (Hey oh)
Transcript of Snow (Hey oh)
By the Red Hot Chili Peppers
The band started in 1983, and was originally named Tony Flow and the Miraculous Majestic Masters of Mayhem.
In 2006 they released the album Stadium Arcadium, witch included the song Snow and won a Grammy for best rock album.
In the band at the time the album came out was Flea, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis, and Chad Smith.
Technological innovations rise, and modern day crises galvanize in a very similar fashion to that during the 19th century, the time of the Romantic period.
2004 exploration rovers sent to Mars
2004 Earthquake in Indian ocean leave 1/4 million dead
2005 youtube is launched
2005 hurricane Katrina strikes New Orleans
2006 twitter is launched
2006 Saddam Hussein is executed
Snow is about Anthony keidis', the lead singer and writer of this song, as well as society's consistency to mask the real world with a facade of idealization. We too often perceive the world with a layer of what we want to see, and the song notes this as "The perfect wonder where its so white as snow". Snow is much more desirable looking then what is really at the surface, which is more complicated, nuanced, and difficult to swallow. Anthony keidis condemns himself and others for projecting this idealized cover over their lives because it eats away at one's true understanding of the world. "the more I see the less I know". Further more Keidis admits that he feels trapped in this perception "Well its killing me...there's nowhere to go".
: " Well its killing me..." demonstrates to the listener the damage he (Keidis) has brought upon his life. Though he is not actually being killed by avoiding reality, the exaggeration clarifies how it brings on a psychological distress that makes him feel as though he is dying.
: "the more I see, the less I know". This line, like much of the song is ambiguous; that is, its hard to fully understand its meaning. And this is effective because is appealing to the minds of the listeners, who want to figure out what the song's intent is.
: "...white as snow". this simile compares the cover of idealization to snow. Just as snow hides everything, our distorted perception does too.
(i.e. changed labels) "Finally divided by a world so undecided". Instead of saying people undecided or society or even a specific group, he says the world. "The world" conveys to the listener that the issue presented in the song is ubiquitous.
addresses Nature: " step from the road to the sea to the sky"- just like the Romantic works, the song uses imagery of nature to convey belief that nature mirrors the human mind.
Questions tradition and authority: As noted in the content section, the purpose of the song is to question and attack present way of life, because of its often distorted perceptions. Is everything as pleasant and pure as we force ourselves to think? or we just seeing what we want?
Gothic: Although the song does not sound completely forlorn with its smooth rhythm and catchy rhymes, its message does leave the listener somewhat down. The narrator is trapped, and so is the world.
Epistophe (repetition of words at successive phrases) "listen what I say oh" This gives the song rhythm through parallelism and emphasizes the need to heed to the message of the song.
Internal rhymes: " went to descend to amend for a friend..." gives the song a euphonious flow, and is thus more pleasing to the ear.
Rime of the Ancient
Mariner By Coleridge: both have similar forms, as both feature the narrators giving a sort of warning to all of those who will listen.
The Fountain Head
By Ayn Rand: They are connected in that both question the accepted perception of their present time. In the
the protagonist is a young architect who refuses to conform to standards of building design idealized by society. He wont design in the classical style, even though everyone pressures him to do so. Roark points out the pleonasm that exists in classical architecture, and goes in his own direction.
analysis by Jared Stimac