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Song Analysis

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| Name: Larquitin JohnsonCourse: Music 11Professor: Dr. Anthony Gatto Assignment: Song Analysis – Forget You Date: 10/25/11   The spell of a saccharine song such as Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You,” demonstrates the magical powers of a great song that captivates the senses of many people. Even my seven-year-old daughter gets excited whenever she hears the song “Forget You” playing over the airways. From the outset, I was also wooed by its spell. The message of the song redefines my experiences of past relationships as it struck a familiar chord with the melodramatic presentation of a happy song about the heartaches of a relationship break-up. Consequently, I chose, “Forget You” to write a song analysis with the goal to determine the compositional form of the song and to identify how and why specific musical elements contribute to the shape and success of the song. The terms of reference for this song analysis are as follows: text, instrumentation, song form, vocal line, and style of the entire song. According to Wikipedia, free encyclopedia on the web, Cee Lo Green’s real name is Thomas De Carlo Callaway and the song “Forget You” was co-authored by Cee Lo Green, Christopher ‘Brody’ Brown, Peter Hermandez, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine. The song was produced by the Smeezingtons, which is comprised of Bruno Mars, Phillip Lawrence, and Ari. Levine. The source also states that the original title for this song is “Fuck You” and that it is censored for the main media hence the change of name to “Forget You” for main stream audience. The uncensored version was released August 19, 2010 on YouTube as the first single on Cee Lo’s third album entitled “Lady Killer.” The gist of the song is captured plainly throughout the text, telling a story about a guy who is in love with a girl who had left him for a wealthier lover. One day, the jilted lover sees his ex-girlfriend driving around with her new lover and begins his negative...
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