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Rhetorical Analysis of Lukas Graham's "7 Years"

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Rhetorical Analysis of Lukas Graham's "7 Years"


Purpose?
The purpose of this song is for the singer to reflect on his life and the sacrifices he has made in order to achieve his life long goal of having a family of his own. Its equally meant to convey to the audience how important family is as well as how quickly life can pass you by and appeals to their personal experiences and sacrifices.
Sources:
http://atwoodmagazine.com/7-years-lukas-graham/
Occasion?
The occasion of this song is when Graham hits a cross roads in his life and decides to reflect on his prior experiences as well as examine his potential future experiences based on his past and his current goals. Graham is 27 years old and has always had plans of starting a family so he shares how he hopes he can be a good father to his children as his father was to him.
Speaker?

The speaker is Lukas Graham, a man in his mid twenties. He represents a person who has experienced both the positives and negatives in his life and is at the point where he questions his past, present, and future. He shows reflection on his early years and the sacrifices he has made in order to achieve his strong desire to create a family of his own. He also expresses what he hopes his potential future holds, all of this establishes his ethos as an ordinary human being since we all at some point begin to reflect on our past experiences and actions in order to achieve our life long goals.
Subject?
The subject of this song is what Lukas Graham has experienced in his life while trying to achieve his goal. He reflects on the past sacrifices he has made as well as what his future will hold family wise. He emphasizes how he hopes to be a great father as his was and expresses the importance of family in general.
Tone?
The tone of this song varies from a worried and concerned tone to one of hope and content. Initially Graham expresses how he was able to achieve his goals and was content with working towards his ultimate goal of starting a family and having kids of his. However, throughout the piece he also shifts to a more concerned tone as he expresses how fast time goes by and is burdened by the worry of being or feeling alone.
Audience?
This song is directed to nearly every person who is focused on their life goals. Its also to those who have lost sight of what is truly important such as your family and targets those who have had to make sacrifices in their lives. This song can appeal to wide range of people, especially those who are family oriented because it can easily portray and relate to their experiences and emotions.
Once I was seven years old my momma told me
Go make yourself some friends or you'll be lonely
Once I was seven years old

It was a big big world, but we thought we were bigger
Pushing each other to the limits, we were learning quicker
By eleven smoking herb and drinking burning liquor
Never rich so we were out to make that steady figure

Once I was eleven years old my daddy told me
Go get yourself a wife or you'll be lonely
Once I was eleven years old

I always had that dream like my daddy before me
So I started writing songs, I started writing stories
Something about that glory just always seemed to bore me
'Cause only those I really love will ever really know me

Once I was 20 years old, my story got told
Before the morning sun, when life was lonely
Once I was 20 years old

I only see my goals, I don't believe in failure
'Cause I know the smallest voices, they can make it major
I got my boys with me at least those in favor
And if we don't meet before I leave, I hope I'll see you later

Once I was 20 years old, my story got told
I was writing about everything, I saw before me
Once I was 20 years old
Soon we'll be 30 years old, our songs have been sold
We've traveled around the world and we're still roaming
Soon we'll be 30 years old

I'm still learning about life
My woman brought children for me
So I can sing them all my songs
And I can tell them stories
Most of my boys are with me
Some are still out seeking glory
And some I had to leave behind
My brother I'm still sorry





Soon I'll be 60 years old, my daddy got 61
Remember life and then your life becomes a better one
I made a man so happy when I wrote a letter once
I hope my children come and visit, once or twice a month

Soon I'll be 60 years old, will I think the world is cold
Or will I have a lot of children who can warm me
Soon I'll be 60 years old
Soon I'll be 60 years old, will I think the world is cold
Or will I have a lot of children who can warm me
Soon I'll be 60 years old

Once I was seven years old, momma told me
Go make yourself some friends or you'll be lonely
Once I was seven years old

Once I was seven years old
"Soon I'll be sixty years old, my daddy got sixty-one

Remember life and then your life becomes a better one"
"Remember life and then your life becomes a better one"
"I hope my children come and visit, once or twice a month"
"It was a big big world, but we thought we were bigger
Pushing each other to the limits, we were learning quicker
By eleven smoking herb and drinking burning liquor"
"I'm still learning about life
My woman brought children for me"
"I always had that dream like my daddy before me"
"I'm still learning about life
My woman brought children for me
So I can sing them all my songs
And I can tell them stories"
"I always had that dream like my daddy before me"
"Most of my boys are with me
Some are still out seeking glory
And some I had to leave behind
My brother I'm still sorry"

"I only see my goals, I don't believe in failure"
"Soon I'll be 60 years old, will I think the world is cold
Or will I have a lot of children who can warm me"
By: Chelsey Graham
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