Background Information<br />Song is called Heard ‘Em Say.<br />It was written, sung/rapped and produced by Kanye West and Adam Levine<br />It was released on Kanye West’s album Late Registration in 2005. <br />We chose the song because we thought it had a thoughtful and soul provoking meaning, as well as a really nice melody accompanied Adam Levine’s beautiful vocals. <br />
Heard Em SayBy: Kanye West Featuring Adam Levine <br />
Lyrical Message<br />The song reflects on social issues, politics and the changing world. <br />The title of the song Heard ‘Em Say refers to the unfulfilled promises that are made to humans each and every single day by politicians and other leaders. Therefore it is referring to everything he has “heard them say”. <br />The first verse of the song discusses issues such as increasing minimum wage, how the government created aids and how people have been mislead by the constant reassurance that things will get better when, in reality things are becoming worse. <br />He later refers to how there are so many materialistic things that we see in society, and although we dream about wanting them they are all allusions. <br />
<ul><li>In the second verse he compares to the changing seasons to how people come go and change regularly in your life.
He describes how people are on pursuits to change their lives and attitudes for the better, but evil and temptations exists inside of them and that devil represents the greed and selfishness in human beings.
When he refers to his little cousin starting to smoke, the deeper message he is trying to convey is that certain habits and attitudes pass on from generation to generation. (His Aunt Pam smoked). </li></ul> <br /><ul><li> The final line sung by Adam Levine is “Cuz every worthless word we get more far away and nothing's ever promised tomorrow today, and nothing lasts forever but be honest babe, it hurts but it may be the only way”.
We think he is saying that nothing too good lasts forever and with every lie or unfulfilled promise we drift farther away from where we want to be, but the harsh truth is that this may be the only way. </li></li></ul><li>Examples of Figurative Language<br />Alliteration – “With every worthless word we get more far away.”<br />Metaphor –“They say people in your life are seasons.”<br />Allusion – “Allah huakbar be throwin' some hot cause.”<br /> Double entendre – “And I know the government administer aids”<br />Repetition – “But they can't cop cars without seein' cop cars, I guess they want us all behind bars”<br />