The Last Night Analysis

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The song “The Last Night” by Skillet has lyrics that speak to many of us at some point, some more than others. There are two speakers/singers in this song you tell the story of someone who seems lost and hopeless and of another someone who is trying to help this person. Many themes throughout the song: hopelessness/loneliness, love/compassion, safety. In the end, we never know what choice is made, if the speaker allows help to come, but there is an overwhelming sense that things are turning towards the better. From the very beginning, the male singer paints us a picture of the female singer. She has come to him with “scars on her wrist”, implying that she at least cuts herself and perhaps has tried to kill herself. We also see that this is not the first time. What is crucial here is that the female singer does nothing to dissuade us, simply saying goodbye and she’s fine. The last words of the first verse are important in that she lets us in, when she says that everything is a lie. The second verse says much of the same things, although not to this extent. The male singer tells us that her parents place blame on her for everything and the female singer tells us she is sick of her parents not really knowing her, but just saying this is a phase and things will be okay and she’s fine. Again, the female singer tells us this is a lie. Finally, towards the end of the song, we are told that night’s become very long when things are going wrong. This seems to sum up what is going on with our female singer. All of these things show us examples of the theme of hopelessness and loneliness that is very apparent in the female singer. She is certainly hopeless, not looking for or feeling there is help and willing to inflict pain on herself. However, from the male singer we see our other themes of love, compassion and safety. From the outset of the song, the male singer has one agenda and that is to help save the girl who seems to be lost. He continually tells her that this...
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