While I continue to watch it, X-Factor annoys me when the contestants all break down in tears after singing a song. I keep thinking that if they were doing a concert it would be the most emotionally draining few hours of their lives – they’d be a wreck at the end. But then I also went to see Butch Walker play The Deaf Institute in Manchester last year, and his latest album was to his deceased father. The last song he played with all the lights turned off, and I can understand how putting everything in to something like that can be emotional.
I’m looking through the lyrics of my favourite song and I can’t really find one that won’t be overly emotional! Considering it’s a 9 minute song, I should have plenty of chance to find something! I am, unfortunately, one of these people who can relate to songs in the same way some will relate to films or books and I could literally pick out any lyric in Konstantine by Something Corporate and write about it.
The song itself is about a relationship where he felt like he was holding her back (because she’s so young and has a lot of dreams) and she thought more of him than he was (a rockstar). But still, they had to try cause of how much they meant to each other (“Did you know I miss you?”, “This is to a girl who got in to my head”, etc). The question is how much room they needed to give each other. Do they need extra room at all or do they have what they need with each other?
One of the interesting lyrical things about the song is this:
It’s to Jimmy Eat World and those nights in my car
When the first star you see may not be a star.
I’m not your star?
Isn’t that what you said?
What you thought this song meant?
There’s a thought that the Jimmy Eat World song is Polaris, due to the reference to a star. Because Polaris lies in a direct line above the axis of the Earth’s rotation above the North Pole, it appears to be motionless as the other stars rotate around it. It is constant. Konstant. Konstantine. He thought his Konstantine would always be there and, you know what, they can do what they want so maybe she will be.
OK, I’ve written nearly 400 words before I’ve even got to the subject. I’ve gone for the most punk rock lyric in the song:
This is because I can spell confusion with a K and I can like it.
I think everyone can have a rebellious streak. I did it with my hair at university, people do it with body modification (I’m not saying this is why everyone gets those massive piercings!) and some go further afield just to generally p*ss someone off! Sometimes such a rebellion is good, going against the grain as an expression of individuality or else simply mooting other ideas and prompting discussion.
I guess recently I may have been seen as being argumentative, mainly because of a lack of sleep inducing a distinct lack of patience with people who think they know best but have no real idea. There’s a fine line between being constructively opinionated and just being awkward, especially on the back of recent appraisals and advice where not being myself and just saying “no” and being argumentative for the sake of it hasn’t yielded what it was hoped it would.
It’s interesting where other people draw the lines, whether it be in their arguments or with their Konstantine. (Aw, I wasn’t expecting my conclusion to be able to link back like that!)