Literary Element: Similes Lyrics: "You change your mind Like a girl changes clothes" Reflection: Perry is comparing the boy in the song to another thing we know is fickle and likely to change their mind, a girl changing clothes. This puts the image in our heads of a girl tearing through her closet, trying on outfit after outfil and throwing them all off in disgust. It makes us understand just how quick to change his mind the boy really is.
Literary Element: Alliteration Lyrics: "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot." Reflection: By repeating the p-sound over and over, the lyric is more easily remembered and sounds good to our ears. Additionally, there is an interesting image comparison from paradise and a parking lot.
Literary Element: Hyperbole Lyrics: "I have died every day, waiting for you Darling, don't be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years I'll love you for a thousand more" Reflection: Christina Perri is trying to tell the person she is singing about that she loves him, but she says it in a way that couldn't possibly be true. You can't die every day waiting for someone. You can't love someone for a thousand years - you won't live that long. You can't love them for a thousand more. By singing these lyrics, Perri is making an extreme exaggeration to prove just how much she loves the person.
Literary Element: Imagery Lyrics: "I dig my toes into the sand The Ocean looks like a thousand diamonds Strewn across a blue blanket I lean against the wind Pretend that I am weightless And in this moment I am happy" Reflection: The lyrics do a great job of clearly describing what a beautiful day at the beach looks like. The singer sings about digging his toes into the sand (touch) and the ocean looking like diamonds on a blue blanket (sight). By creating an image in our minds of a beautiful day that anyone would enjoy we really understand how much he misses the person he is singing about when he says that even though its so beautiful, he has to pretend that he is happy.
Literary Element: Alliteration Lyrics: "Baby, now we've got bad blood." Reflection: The “b” sound in “baby,” “bad,” and “blood,” add to the quality of the song. The “b” sound is nowhere near as flowery as her other lyrics, and one can really hear the pain and anger she feels.