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What is the message?

Posted: October 19, 2011 in RLA
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In RLA we have been talking a little about the message. What is the message or main idea of a piece of writing. Authors use words to convey an idea to you the reader. They want you to understand something, to get a new idea, to challenge your current ideas, to make you think. Sometimes in fiction writing it is the actions of the characters that are being used to get you to think. In music the message may be very easy to find or perhaps it is something you have to look for through all the exciting sounds. Videos often do not depict the message.

Today we are going to use your favorite (school appropriate) song to look at “WHAT IS THE MESSAGE”. One of the first thing to do is to read the song! What read a song, correct. Examine the lyrics that the author wrote.

I have chosen a song originally done by RUN DMC, but later remixed with Jason Nevins.  It is called “It’s Like That”. Here are the original lyrics.

It’s Like That

Unemployment at a record highs
People coming, people going, people born to die
Don’t ask me, because I don’t know why
But it’s like that, and that’s the way it is

People in the world tryin to make ends meet
You try to ride car, train, bus, or feet
I said you got to work hard, you want to compete
It’s like that, and that’s the way it is
Huh!

Money is the key to end all your woes
Your ups, your downs, your highs and your lows
Won’t you tell me the last time that love bought you clothes?
It’s like that, and that’s the way it is

Bills rise higher every day
We receive much lower pay
I’d rather stay young, go out and play
It’s like that, and that’s the way it is
Huh!

Wars going on across the sea
Street soldiers killing the elderly
Whatever happened to unity?
It’s like that, and that’s the way it is

Disillusion is the word
That’s used by me when I’m not heard
I just go through life with my glasses blurred
It’s like that, and that’s the way it is
Huh!

You can see a lot in this lifespan
Like a bum eating out of a garbage can
You noticed one time he was your man
It’s like that (what?) and that’s the way it is

You should have gone to school, you could’ve learned a trade
But you laid in the bed where the bums have laid
Now all the time you’re crying that you’re underpaid
It’s like that (what?) and that’s the way it is
Huh!

One thing I know is that life is short
So listen up homeboy, give this a thought
The next time someone’s teaching why don’t you get taught?
It’s like that (what?) and that’s the way it is

If you really think about it times aren’t that bad
The one that flexes with successes will make you glad
Stop playing start praying, you won’t be sad
It’s like that (what?) and that’s the way it is
Huh!

When you feel you fail sometimes it hurts
For a meaning in life is why you search
Take the bus or the train, drive to school or the church
It’s like that, and that’s the way it is

Here’s another point in life you should not miss
Do not be a fool who’s prejudiced
Because we’re all written down on the same list
It’s like that (what?) and that’s the way it is
Huh!

You know it’s like that, and that’s the way it is
Because it’s like that, and that’s the way it is

Looking through the words, this is a song that is telling, me the reader something. But what is that something? The song does give out some very important ideas like don’t be prejudice, go to school etc.

I feel that the most important message or most important point that the song is trying to give me is this:

 I have to have something I believe in. Something that I can use to support me when times are hard.

Why do I think this?

Looking through the words, what stands out from all of the lyrics are the parts about taking the opportunity to learn and the idea of taking personal responsibility for ones actions.

Here is the song if you want to listen to it.

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