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"Because of You"

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Transcript of "Because of You"

Because of You
By: Kelly Clarkson
Verse 1
It's talking about her parents divorce. She does not want to make the same mistake they did by separating when she was little. They would always fight in front of her.
Verse 2
She is saying she will not break up with her husband over a fight like her parents did. She learned her lesson when she was little and won't let it get to that point.
Verse 3
When her dad got in the car to leave, she stayed on the sidewalk watching him drive away.
Verse 4
In this verse Kelly tells how she stays on the one side of the sidewalk so she doesn't feel the way she did when her father left.
Verse 5
Because of her parents, she is afraid to trust anyone else but herself, because she is scared they will let her down or hurt her like her parents did when she was little.
Verse 6
When she sings that line she is talking about her husband. She is afraid that they are heading in the same path as her parents did, but she does not want their relationship to end the way her parents did because she has a daughter of her own.
Verse 7
When she went to her mom's bedroom she saw her crying and taking pills. Her mom saw her in the mirror looking so she closed the door. Her mom did not what her to see she was depressed.
Verse 9
Kelly Clarkson is thinking, things could not get any worse because she already hit rock bottom.
Verse 10
Verse 11
Verse 12
Verse 13
Verse 14
Kelly Clarkson would hear her mom cry herself to sleep because she was in pain with everything that was going on around the house since her husband left.
Verse 15
Because Kelly was so young she is saying her mom used her as support even though she was so young at the time and wasn't strong enough to support both of them emotionally. Her mom didn't think about how it would effect Kelly,
she only saw her pain.
Verse 16
Her parents only thought about themselves, and did not even think about her and how their divorce would effect her.
Verse 17
Now she keeps crying over the same stupid stuff her parents did.
Verse 18
Verse 19
Verse 20
Kelly tries to forget all the things her father did to their family.
Verse 21
But even with everything Kelly Clarkson has been through she still does not know if she can trust anyone.
Verse 22
Verse 23
Verse 24
Verse 8
Because of her parents, Kelly Clarkson pretends to be ok with everything, even though she is hurting inside.
Verse 22
She won't make the same mistake of falling in love because she sees how much it hurt her mom. She doesn't trust anyone because she sees how her dad hurt her and her mom. Because of all this she hasn't let herself fall in love and therefore, her life is empty.
Why I chose this song...
This is one of my favorite songs by Kelly Clarkson because I can kinda connect with her situation. When growing up I lived with a single mother with one income. My mom was married to a man when they decided that they no longer wanted to be together I was not here for this but I know that it hurt her just like the way Kelly felt.
About Kelly Clarkson...
She was only 6 years old when her parents got a divorce. When she was 16, she wrote
Because of You
as a diary entry at first before it became a song. Writing the song helped her get over her depression of her parents divorce.
Literary Device
Alliteration:
myself, my, much, misery
Comparing Songwriters'
Family Portrait
by Pink is similar to Kelly Clarkson's song because it is "told" or sung by a child's perspective. The little girl in the video who is portraying Pink as a child is going through similar problems by her mom being depressed constantly, her dad leaving and just wanting everything to go back to the way it was before.

Symbolism
The symbol is the sidewalk, it stands for safety. She is saying that staying on the sidewalk she won't get hurt again.
"Because Of You"
I will not make the same mistakes that you did
I will not let myself
Cause my heart so much misery
I will not break the way you did,
You fell so hard
I've learned the hard way
To never let it get that far
Because of you
I never stray too far from the sidewalk
Because of you
I learned to play on the safe side so I don't get hurt
Because of you
I find it hard to trust not only me, but everyone around me
Because of you
I am afraid

I lose my way
And it's not too long before you point it out
I cannot cry
Because I know that's weakness in your eyes
I'm forced to fake
A smile, a laugh everyday of my life
My heart can't possibly break
When it wasn't even whole to start with
Because of you
I never stray too far from the sidewalk
Because of you
I learned to play on the safe side so I don't get hurt
Because of you
I find it hard to trust not only me, but everyone around me
Because of you
I am afraid

I watched you die
I heard you cry every night in your sleep
I was so young
You should have known better than to lean on me
You never thought of anyone else
You just saw your pain
And now I cry in the middle of the night
For the same damn thing
Because of you
I never stray too far from the sidewalk
Because of you
I learned to play on the safe side so I don't get hurt
Because of you
I try my hardest just to forget everything
Because of you
I don't know how to let anyone else in
Because of you
I'm ashamed of my life because it's empty
Because of you
I am afraid

Because of you
Because of you
Figurative Language
I watched you die
I heard you cry every night in your sleep
I was so young
You should have known better than to lean on me
You never thought of anyone else
You just saw your pain
And now I cry in the middle of the night
She is saying she watched her mom die and heard her crying.

URL's

http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/25100000/Stronger-album-cover-kelly-clarkson-25141790-1500-1500.jpg

http://www.trouveztout.org/Pink/images/pink-family-portrait.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/5/56/Kellyclarksonbecauseofyouvideo.png/230px-Kellyclarksonbecauseofyouvideo.png

http://www.xazobeatas.com/wp-content/uploads/mvbthumbs/img_14094_kelly-clarkson-because-of-you.jpg

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http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_QSqruFJ49QA/TBkRBOvxB4I/AAAAAAAAC68/Yu7dcvBC0bE/s1600/4.jpg

http://theinspirationroom.com/daily/musicvideos/2006/10/Kelly-Clarkson-Family-Photo.jpg
Theme
When people are given pain from someone they trust, they want to make sure they never make that same mistake.
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