Poetry Study Maya Winter

Best Fake Smile ~ James Bay

No, you don't have to wear your best fake smile

Don't have to stand there and burn inside, oh oh oh

If you don't like it

She's working late and making eyes at the door

She's sick of everybody up on her floor

She wants the sun in her eyes but all she gets is ignored

She used to put it out and get it all back

But now she's slipping, trying to carry the act

She's sweating under the lights, now she's beginning to crack, whoa

No, you don't have to wear your best fake smile

Don't have to stand there and burn inside, oh oh oh

If you don't like it

And you don't have to care, so don't pretend

Nobody needs a best fake friend, oh oh oh

Don't hide it

No hesitation now, she gets up and walks

She thinks of all the pain and pride that it cost

She empties all the tip jars, it won't get back what she lost

Outside the window with two fingers to show

She lifts her head up just to blow out the smoke

She doesn't have to look back to know where she's got to go

No, you don't have to wear your best fake smile

Don't have to stand there and burn inside, oh oh oh

If you don't like it

And you don't have to care, so don't pretend

Nobody needs a best fake friend, oh oh oh

Don't hide it

If you don't bleed it

You don't need it anymore

If you don't need it

Get up and leave it on the floor

No more believing

Like it's a voice you can't ignore

If you don't need it

You don't need it, no

And you don't have to wear your best fake smile

Don't have to stand there and burn inside, oh oh oh

No, if you don't like it

And you don't have to care, so don't pretend

Nobody needs a best fake friend, oh oh oh

Don't hide it

No you don't have to wear your best fake smile

Don't have to stand there and burn inside, oh oh oh

If you don't like it

Oh oh oh, no, if you don't like it

The two examples of figurative language I chose for this song are metaphors. The first metaphor is, "Don't have to stand there and burn inside." By this, it means that the girl is working so hard, and it is making her feel unhappy and miserable, like she is burning inside. This metaphor shows how the girl is feeling, and how she is suffering silently. It adds the girl's emotions to the song. The second metaphor in this song is, "She's sweating under the lights, now she's beginning to crack." By saying "she's sweating under the lights", it means that she is working so hard under a lot of pressure. By the second part of, "now she's beginning to crack", it means that she is starting to loose hope and give up. This second metaphor is used to show the emotions of the girl and how she is feeling hopeless and unhappy.

Running ~ James Bay

When my heart is ready to burst

When the world spins in reverse

I'll keep running

To the place where I belong

When you go, turn down the light

No one's here to hold you in the night

I'll keep running

To the place where I belong

When you think you're on your own

I'm still coming home

When our picture fades in the sun

And all the colors blur in the one

I'll keep running

To the place where I belong

When you think you're on your own

I'm still coming home

When your all gets blinded

When you fold with the cards

No, I'll never stop fighting

To get to where you are

Wherever we go

Wherever we go

Wherever we go

Wherever we go

Wherever we go

Wherever we go

When the lights are faded to black

Only stars are guiding me back

I'll keep running

To the place where I belong

When you think you're on your own

I'm still coming home

When you think you're on your own

I'm still coming home

The two examples of figurative language I chose for this song are metaphors. The first metaphor is, "When the world spins in reverse." This doesn't mean the literal word spinning in reverse. The writer means that when things take an unexpected turn that doesn't seem possible. The metaphor was included in the song to add imagery of when everything seems confusing and unexpected, the narrator will come to the aide. The second example of metaphor in this song is, "When you fold with the cards." By saying this, the narrator is meaning when they feel like giving up by saying "folding with the cards." They are saying that when you loose hope and feel like giving up, they will be there for you to support you. By adding this, it creates the emotion of hopelessness and shows how the narrator will be supportive of the person giving up no matter what.

Riptide ~ Vance Joy

I was scared of dentists and the dark

I was scared of pretty girls and starting conversations

Oh, all my friends are turning green

You're the magician's assistant in their dreams

Oh, and they come unstuck

Lady, running down to the riptide

Taken away to the dark side

I wanna be your left hand man

I love you when you're singing that song and

I got a lump in my throat because

You're gonna sing the words wrong

There's this movie that I think you'll like

This guy decides to quit his job and heads to New York City

This cowboy's running from himself

And she's been living on the highest shelf

Oh, and they come unstuck

Lady, running down to the riptide

Taken away to the dark side

I wanna be your left hand man

I love you when you're singing that song and

I got a lump in my throat because

You're gonna sing the words wrong

I just wanna, I just wanna know

If you're gonna, if you're gonna stay

I just gotta, I just gotta know

I can't have it, I can't have it any other way

I swear she's destined for the screen

Closest thing to Michelle Pfeiffer that you've ever seen, oh

Lady, running down to the riptide

Taken away to the dark side

I wanna be your left hand man

I love you when you're singing that song and

I got a lump in my throat because

You're gonna sing the words wrong

Oh lady, running down to the riptide

Taken away to the dark side

I wanna be your left hand man

I love you when you're singing that song and

I got a lump in my throat because

You're gonna sing the words wrong

Oh lady, running down to the riptide

Taken away to the dark side

I wanna be your left hand man

I love you when you're singing that song and

I got a lump in my throat because

You're gonna sing the words wrong

I got a lump in my throat because you're gonna sing the words wrong

My two examples of figurative language are metaphors. The first metaphor is "You're the magician's assistant in their dreams." By this, the writer means that she is a girl that everyone dreams of being with, but they never really get to be with her. This metaphor adds imagery to how people view the girl, and how the narrator views her. The second metaphor I chose was, "And she's been living on the highest shelf." When the writer wrote this, they meant that the girl is thought by others to be high priority. They think of her to be the highest level of importance, which is why they say"the highest shelf." This example adds the imagery of how people idolize her and think she is important beyond any other things.

Christmas Time

Christmas lights shining bright,

Not a frown to be seen in sight,

Children searching for old Saint Nick,

Up upon the chimney bricks,

Colorful ornaments hung with special flair,

Carolers singing in the frosty air,

Fireplaces covered in holly,

Every soul feeling so jolly,

Cool breeze whistling,

Cheerful music, people listening,

Snowflakes dancing up so high,

Reindeer flying in the sky,

This time of year is truly prime,

Now I know it's Christmastime!

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