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Zona Savic

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Transcript of Photograph

By: Ed

Presentation By:
Zona Savic
Theme of the Song
The overall theme of the song is that when it gets hard in a relationship, more specifically a long-distance one, you will have to get through it. The first few lines of the song present the theme clearly by saying "Loving can hurt, loving can hurt sometimes," lines 1-2. It states that loving someone can hurt you emotionally, and that it is difficult. In line 5, the song writer explains this more literally by saying "You know it can get hard sometimes," describing how a long-distance relationship can be hard to maintain on both sides. However, in line 6, the writer explains that it is worth the pain, by saying "It is the only thing that makes us feel alive." The relationship is assumed to be a long-distance one, because in lines 12-14, it says, "So you can keep me inside the pocket of your ripped jeans," and "You won't ever be alone," in line 17. This means that even though the person might not be there in person, they will always be there in the photograph. As the song progresses, you hear more positive lines such as "Loving can heal, loving can mend your soul," (lines 19 & 20), and "I swear it will get easier," (line 22). Which explain the good side, or pulling through the tough times.
Poetic Devices
Loving can hurt, loving can hurt sometimes
But it's the only thing that I know
When it gets hard, you know it can get hard sometimes
It is the only thing that makes us feel alive

We keep this love in a photograph
We made these memories for ourselves
Where our eyes are never closing
Hearts are never broken
And time's forever frozen still

So you can keep me
Inside the pocket of your ripped jeans
Holding me closer 'til our eyes meet
You won't ever be alone, wait for me to come home

Loving can heal, loving can mend your soul
And it's the only thing that I know, know
I swear it will get easier,
Remember that with every piece of you
Hm, and it's the only thing we take with us when we die
And if you hurt me
That's okay baby, only words bleed
Inside these pages you just hold me
And I won't ever let you go
Wait for me to come home (x4)

You can fit me
Inside the necklace you got when you were sixteen
Next to your heartbeat where I should be
Keep it deep within your soul

And if you hurt me
Well, that's okay baby, only words bleed
Inside these pages you just hold me
And I won't ever let you go

When I'm away, I will remember how you kissed me
Under the lamppost back on Sixth street
Hearing you whisper through the phone,
"Wait for me to come home."
Connecting to the Theme
I feel connected to the song because of one main reason. The theme of the song is that when you miss someone because you haven't seen them in a long time, you can grasp the memories of that person so you can get through. More often than not, if you miss that person, those memories will be good ones. I relate to this theme because I have experienced this feeling a lot, having relatives in Serbia that I see every other year. They are very close to my heart, so when I see pictures of them, they always make me smile, remembering the good times we shared. The theme of the song doesn't have to be interpreted as one about a relationship, but can be applied to anyone you love and miss. In the song, the line "Wait for me to come home" is repeated many times, which I can relate to, because as I can't go to Serbia until the summer, I will have to wait to see them again, hanging on to the hope that I will soon.
Another theme in this song is that love is constant, and Ed explain that in one main way, by describing a photograph. This photograph shows his love being constant, and frozen. Since a photograph can never change, it shows their love and what they feel and see about each other. This is proven in lines 7-11, saying "We keep this love in a photograph, We made these memories for ourselves, Where our eyes are never closing, Our hearts are never broken, And time's forever frozen, still." It means that the photograph contains all of the good memories of their relationship, and none of the bad, which is not only comforting, but it is almost like a promise which says "Wait for me to come home," (line 46).
Used to emphasize something, repetition is used here to emphasize waiting for someone to come home, because that is one of the themes in this song.
: Comparing two unlikely things, this metaphor compares literally being in someone's pocket to being in a picture in someone's pocket.
: This is a good example of a rhyme (when two words end with the same sound), because the words
rhyme (the ends of two lines).
are two words that are beside each other and start with the same sound, which is alliteration.
: Adding living qualities to an object, this example of personification says that words bleed, in other words, they hurt you.
Sorry for the long presentation, here's a potato:
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