Analysis of the Songs Bittersweet Symphony, Fixing a Hole, and Creep
Music has played an important role in the daily lives of people everywhere and perhaps the most influential music has come from British artists. The Beatles faced a problem when, John Lennon innocently stated that The Beatles were, in fact, more popular than Jesus. In the song "Fixing a Hole", The Beatles sing about the problem with the media. The song "Creep", by Radiohead, deals with a personal problem. It illustrates the writers frustration, and inner turmoil with his life in a negative, self-hating way. The third song, "Bittersweet Symphony", by The Verve, is written in a way that explores the writer's inability to change his life. He sings a negative spin on life, and has written this song as a reflection on how his life is not turning out the way he had hoped. Writing music is a gift, sometimes thought of as a therapeutic process, and the varied styles of writing can be illustrated in three songs; Fixing a Hole", by The Beatles, "Creep", by Radiohead, and thirdly in "Bittersweet Symphony", by The Verve.
Paul McCartney wrote, "Fixing a Hole" in 1967. It was written in reflection to the problems the band was having that year with the bad press they received after John Lennon's statement that The Beatles were more popular than Jesus. In the first verse John sings about fixing a problem. "I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in and stops my mind from wandering." This is an indication of the hopefulness that their problem could be fixed. In the line, the problem is symbolized as rain, and the band as the shelter, that can be fixed, enabling future problems from getting in. The band shows a positive outlook in their future in the line; "I'm painting my room in a colorful way." This line shows their ability to move on in their lives. The colorful paint, however, would be an indication that The Beatles had no way to fully fix their public image, and would try to "band-aide" it from the public. The Beatles showed some defensiveness in the lyrics, "And it really doesn't matter if I'm wrong, I'm right. Where I belong, I'm right, where I belong." This self-defense indicates the statement made by Lennon was important to the band, and perhaps held some meaning and truth in it. Paul wrote that even if he was wrong, he was still right, showing that he wanted to fix the problem, based on the fact that he wanted the band's popularity, and credibility to remain at a high, without the risk of compromising their integrity.
"Creep", by Radiohead, was written in 1992, by Thom York about an infatuation he had over a girl. The song's lyrics, "When you were here before, couldn’t look you in the eye." indicates that the writer questions his worthiness, and has low self-esteem. York writes about his low self-esteem in a straight forward, no holding back way. The song takes a somber look at his self-pity, and feeling of unworthiness. York continues in the song about his low self worth...