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1 Breathe (2 AM) by Anna Nalick A Lyrical Analysis using Literary Devices

2 2 AM

3 Breathe (2 AM) lyrics 2 AM and she calls me 'cause I'm still awake, "Can you help me unravel my latest mistake?, I don't love him. Winter just wasn't my season" Yeah we walk through the doors, so accusing their eyes Like they have any right at all to criticize, Hypocrites. You're all here for the very same reason 'Cause you can't jump the track, we're like cars on a cable And life's like an hourglass, glued to the table No one can find the rewind button, girl. So cradle your head in your hands And breathe... just breathe, Oh breathe, just breathe May he turned 21 on the base at Fort Bliss "Just a day" he said down to the flask in his fist, "Ain't been sober, since maybe October of last year." Here in town you can tell he's been down for a while, But, my God, it's so beautiful when the boy smiles, Wanna hold him. Maybe I'll just sing about it. Cause you can't jump the track, we're like cars on a cable, And life's like an hourglass, glued to the table. No one can find the rewind button, boys, So cradle your head in your hands, And breathe... just breathe, Oh breathe, just breathe There's a light at each end of this tunnel, You shout 'cause you're just as far in as you'll ever be out And these mistakes you've made, you'll just make them again If you'd only try turning around. 2 AM and I'm still awake, writing a song If I get it all down on paper, it's no longer inside of me, Threatening the life it belongs to And I feel like I'm naked in front of the crowd Cause these words are my diary, screaming out loud And I know that you'll use them, however you want to But you can't jump the track, we're like cars on a cable, And life's like an hourglass, glued to the table No one can find the rewind button now Sing it if you understand. and breathe, just breathe woah breathe, just breathe, Oh breathe, just breathe, Oh breathe, just breathe.

4 1 st Stanza 2 AM and she calls me 'cause I'm still awake, "Can you help me unravel my latest mistake? I don't love him. Winter just wasn't my season" “Yeah.” We walk through the doors, so accusing their eyes. Like they have any right at all to criticize; Hypocrites. You're all here for the very same reason. “2 AM and she calls me,” is setting and the time suggests that the author and the woman are close friends, because you can’t call just anyone at 2 AM. The woman asks the author to help “unravel” her mistake. This is an example of diction. I think that the woman is talking about having the author help her figure what to do with her problem. “I don’t love him. Winter just wasn’t my season,” is an example of foreshadowing. The woman is suggesting there is something wrong, and she references a relationship, but she doesn’t come out and tell us what she wants to do about it or what the relationship was/will be. “So accusing their eyes,” is personification. This suggests they are in a place where there are other people, and perhaps that they feel guilty about being there, or they should. This suggests the place they are in is perhaps taboo or frowned upon. “Hypocrites, you’re all here for the very same reason,” is an example of inner monologue. This is what the author is thinking about the other people in the room, but she doesn’t say it out loud. As a whole, I think this stanza is about a woman whose friend calls her in the middle of the night because she is pregnant and she doesn’t love the baby’s father. She asks the author to help her fix her “mistake” by taking her to an abortion clinic. When they get there, they perceive people’s condemnation, but it might just be because they feel guilty about being there.

5 Chorus 'Cause you can't jump the track, we're like cars on a cable And life's like an hourglass, glued to the table No one can find the rewind button, girl. So cradle your head in your hands And breathe... just breathe, Oh breathe, just breathe. Nalick uses both metaphors and similes throughout the chorus. Similes: like cars on a cable – The author uses this simile to suggest that we can’t change our plight. Fate? life’s like an hourglass glued to the table – meaning time is fixed; you can’t get it back. Metaphors: jump the track – talking again about fate and “changing your stars,” so to speak. the rewind button – Another statement about how we can’t change/fix the past. Time goes on.

6 2 nd Stanza May he turned 21 on the base at Fort Bliss "Just a day" he said down to the flask in his fist, "Ain't been sober, since maybe October of last year.” Here in town you can tell he's been down for a while, But, my God, it's so beautiful when the boy smiles; Wanna hold him. Maybe I'll just sing about it. The author starts out with setting, talking about both the time (May) and the place (the base at Fort Bliss). The setting tells us both that the “he” she talks about is affiliated with the military, and he just turned 21 in the spring, which is a time of innocence, emphasizing his young age. The soldier is speaking to his “flask,” which is an example of diction. Flask is an older word, and maybe is used in juxtaposition with his age to emphasize it. “October of last year” is another use of setting. He uses this time frame to indicate that he’s been drinking heavily for more than eight months. I think that Nalick is making a statement about war and how it is too hard on young men. She is also bringing to attention the substance dependence that many veterans deal with, which ages them before their time.

7 Bridge There's a light at each end of this tunnel, You shout 'cause you're just as far in as you'll ever be out And these mistakes you've made, you'll just make them again If you'd only try turning around. “There’s a light…” is a cliché metaphor for there being hope in every situation. The author is suggesting that, even though the two scenarios she’s given are dark, there is still hope for those two people. But she also suggests that, unless we change our ways, we’ll just keep getting into bad situations.

8 3 rd Stanza 2 AM and I'm still awake, writing a song If I get it all down on paper, it's no longer inside of me, Threatening the life it belongs to And I feel like I'm naked in front of the crowd Cause these words are my diary, screaming out loud And I know that you'll use them, however you want to. 2 AM is again used as a setting. This late at night is perhaps mentioned to suggest that these ideas are eating away at her. “Threatening the life it belongs to” is personification. Nalick is suggesting that these ideas she’s mulling over are dangerous to her unless she voices them. She emphasizes that with the simile “like I’m naked in front of a crowd,” which suggests that she feels vulnerable voicing all of these ideas, even though she can’t keep quiet about it.

9 Final Thoughts/Reflection Throughout the song, Nalick focuses on three ideas: Mistakes/dark times Time as a constant Hope The song focuses on the fact that we all have hard times and unfixable situations, but there is always hope if we learn from our mistakes.


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