#9 // The Struggle // Grizfolk

To me, this song is about learning to grow up.

He turns around and sees the world he knows fall apart
The struggle you are up against makes you what you are

The first line tells me that the world the subject grew up in no longer exists. Maybe not so much that it no longer exists, but it won’t ever be the same.

This song resonates with me because I will be going off to college in a year. It seemed like this day would never come,. Now all of a sudden, it is so close I can almost see it. Back to the song.

I love that throughout the entrance of the lyrics do not line up with the downbeats of the song. They enter at weird times, and only after listening to the song for a very long time, on repeat for several minutes. This is especially true of the beginning of the chorus.

You’re young enough to say what you feel
So say what you feel, say what you feel
Sometimes it’s all that we got
All that we got, it’s all that we got then it’s gone

But actually, this might not be the chorus. This portion of the song is repeated a few times- there aren’t that many verses, and there is a lot of repetition- but there is another verse that is repeated just as much and has equal, if not more meaning than the first.

He turns around and sees the world he knows fall apart
The struggle you are up against makes you what you are
Don’t turn around when you’re alone running in the dark
The struggle you are up against makes you what you are

This second verse is my favorite. Even though it feels kind of repetitive at the end, with it being the last two verses of the song, it resonates with everyone, I think. “The struggle you are up against makes you what your are,” tells me that the troubles that people go through in effect create them. We wouldn’t be such complex people if we didn’t have a struggle, or if we didn’t learn from hardships or mistakes.

“The Struggle” has become a joke in pop culture recently, and that’s pretty unfortunate. “The Struggle” is something that everyone goes through and no problem can possibly be measured as bigger than another.

In the end, this song reminds me that even if things seem hard now, and it doesn’t feel like things will get easier, or better, everyone around has that in common with me. We’re all connected. Especially by this thing we all call “The Struggle.”

Here is the lyric video by Grizfolk! Enjoy!

I really hope that my rhetorical analysis of these songs gets much better, because I know taking time to read these means a lot. I appreciate all your time!

Much Love,

Nicole

 

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