Alone at a Payphone
Many have had their hearts broken from relationships that ended too early or could still work out, but some never express what they are thinking because of their fear of rejection or criticism, however, in Maroon 5’s “Payphone,” the artists reach out to those people by using a regretful tone and sorrowful symbolism to express the narrator’s nostalgia for the past and his broken relationship. They also use both figurative and literal language for his disdain for anything that misleads him into believing in true love; the events that happen in the music video support this theme. Some of the first feelings someone experiences after a desired relationship does not work out is regret and sorrow. The narrator in “Payphone” expresses this in the first four lines of the song () “I’m at a payphone tryin’ to call home all of my change I spent on you (.)” (Lines 1-2) These lyrics suggest that the narrator is attempting to get on with his life, but when he was in the relationship he thought it would be more permanent and he spent anything that held meaning to him on the person he is heartbroken over. “Where have the times gone baby, it’s all wrong, where are the plans we made for two?” (2-4) this explains that the narrator is longing for his past relationship and that they had planned to do many things with each other. These lyrics are the main theme of the song and this is supported by the fact that they are repeated throughout the song four times in lines 1-4, 18-21, 38-41, and 66-69. Although, lines 5-12 also express regret. The first verse of the song, lines 5-12, describe the narrator ()s pleas to fix his broken relationship. “Yeah I know it’s hard to remember the people we used to be. It’s even harder to picture that you’re not here next to me.”(Lines 5-8) This explains that the narrator is finding it hard to move on without his former partner and “You say it’s too late to make it, but is it too late to try?” (Lines 9-10) suggests that the...
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