Everyone has those moments, when they look back at their lives, at the descisions they made and the memories they led to. Some people even get tattoos to have those events “signed and sealed in blood” and to remember them.
I chose "Rose Tattoo" because of its unique concept of telling an entire story trough tattoos transfered into lyrics. In cooperation with the lyrics, the melody creates a melancholic/nostalgic atmosphere, which, in my opinion, is perfectly fitting for the topic.
The song underlines the importance of memories, whether they are good ones or sad ones, because as mentioned before, they define you as a person.
It has a special place in my heart, because it was a huge part of my childhood. I remember driving trough Italy in a sunset and my father listening to it when he was cooking, in times when the world was a small place of sorrowlessness. Whenever I listen to it and all the memories come to my mind, thus making it very nostalgic.
Even if you haven't known the song for years and can’t associate it with your childhood, it still is very relatable for people who have seen and experienced many things or maybe even lost someone they loved. The sad parts give it a lot of substance, which, in my opinion, makes every song better. Some people even go as far as to saying a song is only good if it hurts.
Good old days:
As time passes, people often think of their pasts and what they have done in their life, both positively and negatively- they think about their memories. This song is the ultimate representation of this exact topic, because it has very relatable lyrics, as well as a beautiful melody. The song induces nostalgia and makes the listener think about his past and his current life situation. In my opinion, it inspires the listener to enjoy their life and to appreciate it, because "Someday soon, your whole life's gonna change [and] You'll miss the magic of these good old days”.
The atmosphere is happy but also nostalgic. Kesha and Macklemore are reminiscing about their pasts, therefore inducing nostalgia. However the melody is quite joyful, especially during the rapping parts. The listener can connect on a deep emotional level due to their personal stories, which makes it the perfect song in the category of memories.
The lyric “I'd be laying in my bed and dream about what I'd become/ Couldn't wait to get older, couldn't wait to be someone/ Now that I'm here, wishing I was still young” also shows how Macklemore didn’t appreciate these moments in the past, only wanting to become older and how he now regrets this behavior. He wants to tell the listener to do the opposite, to do what he didn't.
"Good old days" is very understandable. This is unique from other songs that talk about memories and living life. Most artists write about a specific experience, and are sometimes hard to relate for the audience. In this sense, “Good Old Days” manifests itself as a universal language, open for everyone with all different types of backgrounds.
This song is easily one of the most meaningful and nostalgia inducing songs, when it comes to talking about memories and enjoying the moments you are in now. In the song Macklemore and Kesha effectively transports listeners back to their youth in order to demonstrate the importance of growing up and living in the present. In between Kesha’s chorus, Macklemore delivers insightful lines using vivid imagery to make the song more specific to his own experience. This is in contrast to Kesha’s lyrics which are held more broadly. In verse two, when Macklemore sings, "[w]ish I didn't drink all of that flask first/ Wish I made it to homecoming/ Got up the courage to ask her/ Wish I would've gotten out of my shell/ Wish I put the bottle back on that shelf" he gives us a picture of his struggle with addiction and therefore it is more relatable.