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"How to Save a Life": My Analysis Project

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Transcript of "How to Save a Life": My Analysis Project

a Life How to Save The Fray Theme The Fray is an American rock band from Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2002 by schoolmates Isaac Slade and Joe King, they achieved success with the release of their debut album, How to Save a Life, in 2005, which was certified double platinum by the RIAA and platinum in Australia , Canada, New Zealand, and the UK. The release of their second single, "How to Save a Life", brought the band worldwide fame and charted in the top three of the Billboard Hot 100. Background Info. "As he begins to raise his voice,
you lower yours and grant him one last choice
Drive until you lose the road
or break with the ones you've followed
He will do one of two things
He will admit to everything
Or he'll say he's just not the same
And you'll begin to wonder why you came" Analysis "You are trying to assist someone ("him") with some problems he is having. But the artist makes it seem like so far, accomplishing this has not been successful; trial and error is not an effective strategy here. The artist is saying that because of human flaws - such as "his" stubbornness, "your" inability to effectively help him, and the artist's own unanswered question of what he could have done - "he" never really solves his problems, as the song cuts off at "...he will do one of two things..." Many individuals such as this person either fight an uphill battle of recovery and acceptance, or spiral downwards in self pity and hopelessness. Though support form others can greatly impact one's motivation, only the individual can completely overcome their issues. by The Fray Step one you say we need to talk As he begins to raise his voice
He walks, you say sit down it's just a talk You lower yours and grant him one last choice
He smiles politely back at you Drive until you lose the road
You stare politely right on through Or break with the ones you've followed
some sort of window to your right He will do one of two things
As he goes left and you stay right He will admit to everything
Between the lines of fear and blame Or he'll say he's just not the same
You begin to wonder why you came And you'll begin to wonder why you came
[Chours X2]
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend How to save a life
somewhere along in the bitterness How to save a life
And I would have stayed up with you all night [Chorus X2]
Had I known how to save a life How to save a life
How to save a life
Let him know that you know best
Cause after all you do know best
Try to slip past his defense
Without granting innocence
Lay down a list of what is wrong
The things you told him all along
And pray to God he hears you
And Pray to God he hears you
[Chours] Lyrics This part of the story discusses an argument between two characters, and finally a possible resolution to the central conflict, if the character so chooses to take the out.

During this verse, the tension rises as the ultimatum is delivered and the options laid out. By the word choice, we can tell that this is not the first time he has tried to clean up his act, but this will be the last time before things escalate and conflict breaks out between the two characters in the setting.

Figurative language is used in the third/fourth line. There is no car being operated; the artist just means he'll stop what he's doing before he harms anyone (before he "crashes" the car). Using an expression that has an underlying meaning in the literal phrase is called an idiom. Additional Verse When you begin to state your claims
The string of memories start to fade away
He listens yet doesn't hear a thing you say
I know you've been as patient as you could
But his denial strikes a heavy chord
You dodge all of his attacks
His acts of pride and shame
And you begin to wonder why you came
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