I Sense a Discussion: Lyric and Musical Analysis in Music Therapy

I am currently working in a hospital setting for my practicum placement.  My supervisor works mostly with pediatrics in the oncology unit, as well as in the adolescent unit, including eating disorder patients.  I came across this song and thought it was just great! It has a fantastic message and a catchy tune.

Sometimes lyric discussions as well as an analysis of the music in the song can be a very therapeutic tool for adolescents, especially those undergoing a traumatic time in their life.

I feel like this song addresses….

  • Body image issues
  • Confidence in ones self
  • Not always feeling our best
  • Feeling “invisible”
  • Feeling self conscious
  • Wanting to “just give up”
  • Optimism
  • Paving your own life

and many more things….

Children and adolescents in hospital settings are often feeling like they are no long “in control” of their own bodies and actions and have lost much of their independence.  This can be especially hard for adolescents to cope with.  Discussions about songs can often validate the way they are feeling, as well as provide a structured means of discussing their thoughts.

Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
Drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?
Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin
Like a house of cards, one blow from caving in?

Do you ever feel already buried deep?
Six feet under screams but no one seems to hear a thing
Do you know that there’s still a chance for you
‘Cause there’s a spark in you?

You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July

‘Cause baby, you’re a firework
Come on, show ’em what you’re worth
Make ’em go, oh
As you shoot across the sky

Baby, you’re a firework
Come on, let your colors burst
Make ’em go, oh
You’re gonna leave ’em falling down

You don’t have to feel like a waste of space
You’re original, cannot be replaced
If you only knew what the future holds
After a hurricane comes a rainbow

Maybe you’re reason why all the doors are closed
So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road
Like a lightning bolt, your heart will blow
And when it’s time, you’ll know

You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July

‘Cause baby you’re a firework
Come on, show ’em what you’re worth
Make ’em go, oh
As you shoot across the sky

I always appreciate comments!

Thank you!

Sarah

PS. Sorry the video isn’t terribly eloquent. I just learned the song!

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