Help- Papa Roach

You thought you’d heard the last of Papa Roach with “Last Resort,” didn’t you? Well, you would have been wrong.

The new song “Help,” which has been at the top of the mainstream rock chart for a few weeks now, is not less angsty than that teen anthem, but it is more nuanced.

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My Old Man- Zac Brown Band

It’s April, the weather is beautiful (here, at least), and the radio is playing the same five songs as last month. So let’s talk country.

I used to be pretty into country music, because it’s all my mother listens to, and I’ll still listen to songs that came out in the early 2010s… which is about the time it started becoming pop music with a southern twang.

Zac Brown Band pretty much summarizes “pop with a twang,” but “My Old Man” is a touching, gentle ode to the speaker’s deceased father.

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Human- Rag’n’Bone Man

So, not only is this a new song, but it’s a new artist! Rag’n’Bone Man’s hit “Human” has gotten him on Billboard’s Top Mainstream Rock at number 36 (not bad for just making it on the chart last week!). To me, the song seems a little more “soul” than rock, but who am I to argue with Billboard’s classifications?*

Maybe I’m foolish, maybe I’m blind
Thinking I can see through this and see what’s behind
Got no way to prove it so maybe I’m blind

But I’m only human after all, I’m only human after all
Don’t put your blame on me

Take a look in the mirror and what do you see
Do you see it clearer or are you deceived in what you believe

So, the song strikes me as religious in nature. Metaphorical blindness is a pretty common motif in Christianity, and the speaker doesn’t want to be blamed because he’s “only human.” The ending line, “are you deceived in what you believe” also smacks of a religious idea, in that a person may be deceived by other beliefs.

Some people got the real problems
Some people out of luck
Some people think I can solve them
Lord heavens above
I’m only human after all, I’m only human after all

This pulls away from the religious themes; the speaker views himself as a person who tries to solve the problems of other people. The “I’m only human” refrain takes on a different meaning in this context, as he feels unable to solve the real problems. He doesn’t want to let anyone down.

Don’t ask my opinion, don’t ask me to lie
Then beg for forgiveness for making you cry, making you cry

Cause I’m only human after all, I’m only human after all
Don’t put your blame on me, don’t put the blame on me

The song points back to a specific person now,  and the speaker points toward an instance where he tries to solve a problem and causes more.

The line-by-line readings are all over the place, but the main idea centers on the speaker’s desire to have less responsibility for others. He’s only human, after all.

Writers: Jamie Hartman & Rory Graham

Label: Sony, Columbia

Producer: Two Inch Punch.

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*the answer is, yes I can& will. I mean, “Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots? Handclap? Lil Wayne?? How is that rock?

Let You Down-Seether

A few weeks ago, I heard an interview with a Seether band member (I’m guessing lead singer Shaun Morgan) on the radio.He was saying that with the new music they felt they were able to delve into harder music, lyrics and music wise, than in the past, as they had more freedom. I’ll try to find audio of that if I can.

Let You Down” is definitely the brain child of that, and is a step away from previous singles.  Continue reading

Uma Thurman- Fall Out Boy

Welcome to Music Monday!

This was on a pop station, right? That makes it “mainstream.”

Uma Thurman” was released as a single in 2015 a few days before the album American Beauty/American Psycho dropped. The song uses parts of The Munsters theme for the hook, and was written by band members Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman, & Andy Hurley, and Liam O’Donnell, Jarrel Young and Waqaas Hashimi:

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