Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Dissection of a Man's Wish

What goes through a guy's mind when he courts a woman? Well, there are several types of people, of course. You have your brash, confident, players that get what they want. They target whoever they want, whenever they want, and go for the kill. You have your bashful, clumsy oafs who have no idea what they are doing, nor how to talk with the women that they shyly watch. And then you have everything in between.

This song is an interesting case study because the man should most likely be classified as timid. He makes a promise to the girl and tells her how he can take care of her. However he lacks the confidence to say anything with a guarantee. It is only a dream. At the same time, this dream has implicit emotions disclosed in the arrangement of his argument; they betray him and ironically show how he actually needs her to help him. He desires to give a guarantee, but his inability to do so is shown through his request that he receive a guarantee. The questions are asked and requests for guarantees are made in the verses before he can make his own guarantees the theme of the song in the chorus.

What we have here is confusion and irrationality mixed into one desire for a soulmate. He wants to be the knight in shining armour that saves the damsel in distress, but in fact knows that getting intertwined with her heart actually requires action on her part, not his own. The part of the song that manifests this fact the most is the singer's voice. Melancholy and unsure of himself, he sounds defeated and desperate even before he can make the promise. With the crescendo and climax, he is only making one last-ditch effort to explain himself and fails to become the strong figure and pillar of support that he hopes to be. His unsure soft echo at the end of the song demonstrates his lack of confidence.

Hero
Enrique Iglesias

Would you dance
If I asked you to dance?
Would you run
And never look back?
Would you cry
If you saw me cry?
And would you save my soul, tonight?

Would you tremble
If I touched your lips?
Would you laugh?
Oh please tell me this.
Now would you die
For the one you loved?
Hold me in your arms, tonight.

I can be your hero, baby.
I can kiss away the pain.
I will stand by you forever.
You can take my breath away.

Would you swear
That you'll always be mine?
Or would you lie?
Would you run and hide?
Am I in too deep?
Have I lost my mind?
I don't care...
You're here tonight.

I can be your hero, baby.
I can kiss away the pain.
I will stand by you forever.
You can take my breath away.

Oh, I just want to hold you.
I just want to hold you.
Am I in too deep?
Have I lost my mind?
I don't care...
You're here tonight.

I can be your hero, baby.
I can kiss away the pain.
I will stand by your forever.
You can take my breath away.

I can be your hero.
I can kiss away the pain.
And I will stand by you forever.
You can take my breath away.
You can take my breath away.

I can be your hero.

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