So last Saturday I was planning on posting another Pop Song: Explained, as I normally would. If you follow my blog you know that some unfortunate events transpired that day. As such I didn’t feel it would be appropriate to post something as comedic as a Pop Song: Explained. But that is now in the past, and I think it’s prudent to keep moving on. So here you go, the post I had originally scheduled for last Friday. On a side note, I apologize for the somber tone over the weekend, I had somethings I just needed to say.
I’m going to be honest, I was not anticipating this song to be that difficult to explain, then I looked at the lyrics. I have grossly overestimated the complexity of Kesha’s song (I refuse to spell it with a dollar sign) “Die Young”. Now I would post the music video like I ordinarily do, but I’m pretty sure it qualifies as pornography, so you’re going to have to look it up on your own.
Wikipedia says that Kesha wrote this song after traveling abroad, to like Africa, which begs the question what part of Africa did she go to?! Now upon a first read through the lyrics, one would be left in gaze-mazement. Initially when I listened to the song I said to myself, “BS! No way is there any meaning in this song!” But it is far too easy to underestimate Kesha.
Kesha is what I like to refer to as a modern Shakespeare, and this song is her Hamlet-esque soliloquy. Her line, “We’re gonna die young” resonates just like young Hamlets infamous “To be or not to be” In many ways this song is a sort of parody or homage to the famous play-write.
Just as Hamlet debates the inevitability of death we see Kesha chanting? The words, “Let’s make the most till the night like we’re gonna die young.” The rhetorical significance imbedded in this work of art transcends the barriers of techno-pop and become so much more. Kesha’s commentary on life and death is masterpiece to be marveled both by the casual listener and by the musical aficionado. The deep base symbolizes the droning on of life, as the images satirize the illogical aspects of our western culture. Profound doesn’t describe the intricacies of this piece de la resistance.
All I can say is, your welcome. Even the most scholarly souls can overlook the significance of Kesha’s work. It’s not easy to see, but with a little practice, we can all understand the pop genre. Just remember, you can’t read between the lines, you have to read inside the lines.