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Candle In The Wind, Eleanor Rigby, Paint It Black

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Over forty million adults in the U.S.A suffer from an anxiety disorder such as depression. Throughout time, people have had the same or similar feelings and concerns, and there have been many songs written about the feelings of the depressed. “Paint it Black” is one of these songs and it depicts a man who has lost his love. Also “Candle in the Wind” talks about Marilyn Monroe who was depressed to the point of suicide. “Eleanor Rigby” shows a women and pastor who are lonely. These three songs express how someone can be lonely in a world full of people.


"Paint it Black" by the Rolling Stones shows a man who is lonely in a world full of people. The word choice of "black" throughout the ...view middle of the document...

The Rolling Stones use poetic and descriptive words such as the use of the word "coal" (21). This song demonstrates the loneliness that everyone at some time has felt even while surrounded by people.

“Candle in the Wind” by Elton John and Bernie Taupin describes the life of Marilyn Monroe and how fame made her lonely.“goodbye Norma Jeane” (1) refers to her death. “and they made you change your name” (8) Norma Jeane Mortenson is the birth name of Marilyn Monroe. “though I never knew you at all” (2) would be the narrator admitting that he never knew her while still having deep feelings towards her.“they whispered into your brain”(6) and “they set you on a treadmill” (7) refers to the people around her and those she worked with who molded her for their own gain.“ and it seems to me you lived your life like a candle in the wind never knowing who to cling to when the rain set in” (9-12), a beautiful metaphor about the lack of trust and friendship Marilyn had when she went through hard times in her life. The legend of Marilyn Monroe will be remembered forever (16). “ loneliness was tough” (17) and “the toughest role you ever played” (18) refers back to her loneliness and also her career that defined her. “hollywood created a superstar” (19) shows that she was changed by the people she worked for and (20) that for fame she paid a high price, her happiness and freedom. (22) “oh the press still hounded you” even after her death the press was critical of her, and “all the papers had to say was that Marilyn was found in the nude” (23,24).
Even through everything that had happened in her life Marilyn held herself gracefully and with a smile which is brought out by the narrator in line (27). “from the young man in the 22nd row” (30) would be the narrator talking about himself watching the movies she was in and seeing her as the beautiful person she was on the inside (31). When the narrator grew...

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