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Monday, April 4, 2011

A Song Analysis: The FIGURES OF SPEECH in Ric Segreto's "Don't Know What to Do"





Don't Know What to Do

Sung by Ric Segreto (RIP)

I have loved you only in my mind
But I know that there will come a time
To feel this feeling I have inside
You're a hopeless romantic is what they say
Falling in and out of love just like a play
Memorizing each line, I still don't know what to say
What to say...

Don't know what to do whenever you are near
Don't know what to say, my heart is floating in tears
When you pass by I could fly
Every minute, every second of the day
I dream of you in the most special way
You're beside me all the time
All the time...

I have loved you and I always will
Call it crazy but I know someday you'll feel
This feeling I have for you inside
I'm a hopeless romantic I know I am
Memorized all the lines and here I am
Struggling for words I still don't know what to say
What to say...

Don't know what to do whenever you are near
Don't know what to say, my heart is floating in tears
When you pass by I could fly
Every minute, every second of the day
I dream of you in the most special way
You're beside me all the time
All the time... all the time... all the time...

THE FIGURES OF SPEECH IN THE SONG:

1. Simile 

Falling in and out of love just like a play

The act of falling in and out of love is being compared to a play

2. Metaphor

You're a hopeless romantic is what they say

The “you” here is being compared to a “hopeless romantic"

I'm a hopeless romantic I know I am

The “I” or the persona is being compared to a “hopeless romantic"


3. Apostrophe

I have loved you only in my mind
But I know that there will come a time
To feel this feeling I have inside 

The persona is talking to an absentee loved one, somebody who is only in the mind

4. Hyperbole


Don't know what to say, my heart is floating in tears

Describing the heart as “floating in tears” is clearly an exaggeration

When you pass by I could fly

This statement by the persona that he/she could fly when the beloved passes by is another exaggeration.     --ARV

Source of the video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHFohow-3Qw

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