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Fireflies lyrics analysis
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Alex Hsu

on 22 October 2012

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Fireflies - Owl City By Alex Hsu
Tim Li
Arya Tavakoli
Ifan Yang
& Danny Yoo English 10 PDP 1-2 Music Video! Theme Bibliography 1)
http://beyondazn.deviantart.com/art/Fireflies-by-Owl-City-Analysis-135822390 "A foxtrot above my head
A sock hop beneath my bed
A disco ball is just hanging by a thread" Fourth Stanza ’Cause I’d get a thousand hugs
From ten thousand lightning bugs
As they tried to teach me how to dance”

In the above stanza, the author uses personification and hyperbole to express the speaker’s happiness. "I'd like to make myself believe that planet Earth turns slowly" "It is hard to say that I'd rather stay awake when I'm asleep 'cause everything is never as it seems" The first line, which employs metaphor, suggests that the speaker wants himself to believe that Earth turns slower than it actually is The second line, with the use of irony, explains that the illusional and wondrous world of his dream that portrays his childhood is much more favorable than reality.
What memories do these pictures invoke you? Context Conclusion The song “Fireflies” by owl city creates a blissful and upbeat atmosphere. The song, in literal meaning, describes the beautiful and pleasant sight of fireflies. In addition, it also generates the feeling of how the speaker hopes that Earth would spin slower, that time would slow down. However, as time progresses, his life is destined to change and he has to, however reluctantly, move on and leave his childhood time. Third Stanza: 2) Our knowledge of English; ourselves 3) Mr. P. Beetlestone began writing this song in his bedroom in Minnesota
published in 2009 by Universal Republic
after its release, the song was listed in the top of many Pop singles charts
It topped the chart in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Netherlands. Fifth stanza Ninth stanza "But I'll know where several are
If my dreams get real bizarre
'Cause I saved a few and I keep them in a jar" Last stanza I'd like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly
It's hard to say that I'd rather stay
Awake when I'm asleep

Because my dreams are bursting at the seams The song "fireflies" by Owl City educates us to cherish and consider the importance of childhood time in our ever-changing, fast progressing world. Eighth Stanza "To ten million fireflies
I'm weird 'cause I say goodbyes
I got misty eyes as they said farewell" The speaker, who wants things to be permanent, wishes that nothing in the world would change However, changes are inevitable. As his childhood is fading away, the speaker is forced to say farewell to his previous world. Symbolism Fireflies --> the happy memories of the speaker's childhood Main Symbol - Dreams getting bizarre --> when his dreams suddenly are not imagination but reality - Saved a few and keep them in a jar --> Some of the happy memories of his childhood are indelible, that they have a permanent place in the speaker's mind First stanza "You would not believe your eyes if ten million fireflies lit up the world as I fell asleep Utilizing a typical childlike hyperbole "ten million fireflies", the author creates a youthful atmosphere for the song "As I fell asleep" introduces his dreams which plays a significant role in the lyrics. Diction Accompanied by a simple and lively melody Elementary dictions are applied Childish tone which further reflects the theme In Your Childhood
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