“Youth” By Daughter: Feelings of Teenage Angst and Loss “Youth” by Daughter is a description of the emotions felt by adolescence while coping with the reality of losing a loved one at the unsettling age of youth. The speaker believes she no longer has a reason to live when her lover deserts her as she is left devoid of feelings. The speaker uses imagery of destruction to present emotions of misery and emptiness that showcase the way youth, herself included, feel when faced with loss. I argue that the use of selective repetition in the lyrics, such as the speaker continuously referring to the “lucky ones”, is an effective method of giving the audience advice while at the same time gives the speaker the ability to lament her own situation in a way reflective of the mood swings experienced by hormonal teenagers. The use of imagery and repetition in the song indicates the speaker’s emotional struggle in dealing with depression and feelings of worthlessness. The speaker views her situation through the perspective of other youths going through similar feelings of separation and hurt and how they cope with them. It is a description of teenage downheartedness and the actions resulting from their trying to grasp these feelings of desolation as expressed in “Our minds are troubled by the emptiness”. The speaker first paints a picture of a laid back and happy go lucky generation in, “We are the reckless/We are the wild youth”, catering to the notion held by grownups that teenagers are easy going but she then follows to oppose the illusion of a carefree youth throughout the song. She describes the pain and feelings of uselessness felt by her, such as, “most of our feelings, they are dead and they are gone”, and begins to associate adolescence with a “waste of time” which should be “destroyed”. The frustrated speaker holds the perspective of a teenager, exasperated with the circumstance of her...
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