Girl on Fire: Explained

Pop songs are notorious for their odd, and often non-sensical lyrics. Well I’m here to help. These lyrics aren’t as weird as they may initially seem, you just have to be able to read between the lines, and often times you’ll find that the words they’re saying aren’t actually all that complicated. Keep in mind these are pop singers, they’re not exactly known for their smarts. Now before I really get going, let me say this. Much like my blog, I have no idea where this is going, I may keep doing this indefinitely, or maybe this will be the only song I explain, I leave that all up to you, my readers. Alright I’m going to stop stalling.

The song is “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys:

Now wikipedia will tell you that this song is about the birth of Key’s child Egypt (he’s totally not going to get bullied) and marriage to Swizz Beatz (I don’t even know how to respond to that), but that is complete and total BS, don’t believe a word of it. You see the people who write for wikipedia are trolls, which I covered in my 4th post, they purposefully try to deceive the honest people on the internet, it gives them a sense of happiness in their sad and empty lives. But it’s okay, everyone falls for wikipedia every once and a while. No “Girl on Fire” is actually about a stoned arsonist who goes on an arson spree. Just look at these lyrics: “Oh, she got both feet on the ground/And she’s burning it down“.  Any fourth grader can tell you that this is clearly a reference to arson. What could she possibly burn down that doesn’t break numerous state or federal laws, the answer is nothing.

As we continue on we notice some more disturbing lines: “She’s living in a world/and it’s on fire/Feeling the catastrophe/but she knows she can fly away.” This signifies a most troubling mentality in the song’s protagonist. They seem to allude to a psychopathic mindset, void of all guilt or consequence. Additionally this backs up the fact that this is some kind of recurring event, or a spree. Key’s states that the world is on fire, and it is reasonable to assume that the protagonist is the cause, additionally, she knows that she can get away with this crime, further motive to keep committing it.

Then there’s the matter of this line: “Oh, got our head in the clouds/And we’re not coming down.” Ive listened to enough Jimi Hendrix to know that this is a clear reference to drugs. So not only is our protagonist a psychopathic arsonist, they also have a drug problem, great. I sincerely hope this girl is fictional, because if not, she needs some help. Her arson is probably an extension of her drug habit, perhaps she burns down buildings for drug money. Wait that wouldn’t makes sense…maybe she burned down her own house hoping to get insurance money to support her cocaine habit, and ever since she has found arson to be a cathartic experience, the removal of life’s troubles threw the act of burning. Well either way I have dibs on the movies rights.


2 thoughts on “Girl on Fire: Explained

  1. You use ‘additionally’ in error. You should use ‘in addition,’. Some Run on sentences

    You say -any fourth grader can tell you that this is clearly… You do not need the word ‘that’. Same with -now Wikipedia will tell you that this.

    Only saying since you say pop singers aren’t that smart

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