April 18, 2013
Rock/ alternative rock music usually portrays the idea of getting revenge or “getting back up.” This is a theme of being powerful, as shown in the song “Numb” by Linkin Park. This song speaks of expectations and power in the form of voice, repetition, and foil. Just by reading the lyrics it does not say who the song is about, even though most people believe it is about a teenager and their parents. The lyrics describe, whether it be parents, co workers or school peers, that the person is being expected to be like everyone around them. From being pushed to be someone they’re not, they are “Tired of being what you want me to be.” They feel hidden within the people around them “Feeling so faithless, lost under the surface,” when they just want to stand out and be different, be their own person. The chorus of “Numb” describes how the person feels numb to those around him/her: I’ve become so numb, I can’t feel you there
Become so tired, so much more aware
I’m becoming this, all I want to do
Is be more like me, and be less like you.
This chorus is repeated in the song multiple times to portray the significance of the problem. He/ she does not feel those around them, since everyone else is the same. If be the parent, like in the music video, they are trying to make there daughter be more in life than they did.
And I know
I may end up failing too
But I know
You were just like me with someone disappointed in you.
These lyrics show how powerful this song is in foil. The speaker knows what happened in the past to those that are trying to change him/her. Those people have failures and had someone disappointed in them therefore they don’t want the same to happen to others.
The second verse of the song:
Can't you see that you're smothering me,
Holding too tightly, afraid to lose control?
'Cause everything that you thought I would be
Has fallen apart right in front of you,
begins with the speaker feeling trapped within...