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Forrest Gump Music Film Analysis

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Forrest Gump - Music Film Analysis
Forrest Gump
Free Bird
- By Lynyrd Skynyrd
Lyrics
If I leave here tomorrow
Would you still remember me?
For I must be traveling on now
'Cause there's too many places I've got to see.

But if I stayed here with you, girl,
Things just couldn't be the same.
'Cause I'm as free as a bird now,
And this bird you can not change, oh, oh, oh, oh.
And this bird you can not change.
And this bird you can not change.
Lord knows I can't change.

Bye, bye, baby, it's been a sweet love, yeah,
Though this feeling I can't change.
But please don't take it so badly,
'Cause Lord knows I'm to blame.

But if I stayed here with you, girl,
Things just couldn't be the same.
'Cause I'm as free as a bird now,
And this bird you'll never change, oh, oh, oh, oh.
And this bird you cannot change.
And this bird you cannot change.
Lord knows, I can't change.
Lord, help me, I can't change.

Lord, I can't change.
Won't you fly high, free bird, yeah?
Analysis
The song
Blowin' in the Wind
was originally recorded by Bob Dylan in 1962, but Joan Baez recorded her own rendition of it for the movie
Forrest Gump
.
Blowin' in the Wind
was described as an anthem of the 1960's civil rights movement when it was released. In the movie, Jenny is shown working at a club, singing the song and playing the guitar, naked, in front of a bunch of men. Men start harassing her, and Forrest steps in to fight them and try to save her. The significance of this song in that specific scene is that Jenny had no idea what she was doing with her life, and was trying so hard to find herself but there was no answer to her troubles. The lyrics that describe this best are, "Yes, and how many years can some people exist, before they're allowed to be free? ... The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind, the answer is blowin' in the wind." She was singing this song because she had always wanted to fulfill her dream of singing in front of a crowd, but when she was kicked off stage, it showed that all of her hopes and dreams were crushed, and that her life was pretty much falling apart in her hands.
Lyrics
How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, and how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

Yes, and how many years can a mountain exist
Before it is washed to the sea?
Yes, and how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

Yes, and how many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, and how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, and how many deaths will it take 'til he knows
That too many people have died?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
Works Cited
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blowin%27_in_the_Wind

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/bobdylan/blowininthewind.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Bird

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/lynyrdskynyrd/freebird.html

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1703
By: Olivia Gulezian
Forrest Gump
Blowin' in the Wind
- By Bob Dylan - Sung by Joan Baez
Recorded in 1962
Recorded in 1973
Analysis
The power ballad
Free Bird
was produced in 1973 by the American rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Free Bird
was dedicated to Duane Allman, from the band Allman Brothers, who had recently passed. The opening line of the song, "If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me?" were inspired by Allen Collin's girlfriend, who had asked him that question during a fight. The song is described as, "just a love song about leavin' town, time to move on." The song is all about a person who can't settle down and make a commitment, which compares to Jenny and how she never accepted Forrest's offers to stay with him. This song is significant to the film because at the time it was playing, Jenny was standing on a balcony after doing heroin, wanting to jump off. Jenny was at the point where she had almost given up on life, which is expressed in the lyrics, "And this bird you cannot change. Lord knows, I can't change." She wanted a different life, but something was stopping her from doing so, and the thing that was stopping her was herself.
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