8 November 2012
Every song tells a story, in all genres and with all different meanings, writers use many different elements to piece together works of art creating ballads to please anyone who listens. A ballad is a song or songlike poem that tells a story in a rhythmic way. “Remembering Sunday” by All Time Low is a heart breaking song that expresses the torment that someone feels when they lose someone they love. This ballad tells the story of a man’s suffering within its tragic story line using the characteristics of refrain, a question-and-answer format and filling the stanzas with omitted details. The refrain that is repeated throughout the song is, “Forgive me, I'm trying to find my calling, I'm calling at night. I don't mean to be a bother, but have you seen this girl? She's been running through my dreams and it's driving me crazy, it seems. I'm going to ask her to marry me.” At the beginning of this song these line are used to show how the man of the story has fallen head-over-heels for a girl. The song goes on to say that she, on the other hand, does not believe in love but he refuses to let go of the feelings he has. As the song goes on you start to notice that the words go deeper in context when you look at the line, “I don't mean to be a bother, but have you seen this girl?” She seems to have left without a trace leaving the listener thinking, where is she? When the man asks the people who live around, they turn away from him. Why won’t anyone tell him where she has gone? The writer leaves unanswered questions as you take note of all the things this man has to endure for this girl he’s so crazy about. The man pleads the neighbors to tell him where his love has gone; they finally answer the question telling him that she has moved away. The line “funny how it rained all day” is a conventional phrase used to symbolize the sorrow he felt with her loss. The clouds that are following him around as he looks for his sweetheart also...
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