Lyrical breakdown… Cake – “i will survive”πŸ’”


Ok today for lyrical breakdown, we have a classic song from the seventies originally performed by the great Aretha Franklin. But I really wanted to bring about a song that is truly something different for the fans and the viewers, and that is for today: cake’s version of “I will survive”.

I actually like this version just as much as the original one. It has a slight variation on the original set of lyrics but additionally the so-called musical cake-mix provides a great selection of sharp guitars, echoing trumpets, and peculiarly great singing too performed by cake’s lead singer: John McCrea and his bandmates.

Check the lyrics.
And my breakdown.

CAKE LYRICS

At first I was afraid.
I was petrified.
I kept thinking I could never live
Without you by my side.
But then I spent so many nights
Just thinking how you’d done me wrong.
I grew strong.
I learned how to get along.
And so you’re back from outer space.
I just walked in to find you here
Without that look upon your face.
I should have changed my fucking lock.
I would have made you leave your key
If I’d have known for just one second
You’d be back to bother me.

Oh now go.
Walk out the door.
Just turn around now.
You’re not welcome anymore.
Weren’t you the one
Who tried to break me with desire?
Did you think I’d crumble?
Did you think I’d lay down and die?
Oh not I.

I will survive.
As long as I know how to love
I know I’ll be alive.
I’ve got all my life to live.
I’ve got all my love to give.
I will survive.
I will survive.

It took all the strength I had
Just not to fall apart.
I’m trying hard to mend
The pieces of my broken heart.
And I spent oh so many nights
Just feeling sorry for myself.
I used to cry.
But now I hold my head up high.

And you’ll see me with somebody new.
I’m not that stupid little person
Still in love with you.
And so you thought you’d just drop by,
And you expect me to be free.
But now I’m saving all my lovin’
For someone who’s lovin’ me.

Oh now go.
Walk out the door.
Just turn around now.
You’re not welcome anymore.
Weren’t you the one
Who tried to break me with desire?
Did you think I’d crumble?
Did you think I’d lay down and die?
Oh not I.

I will survive.
As long as I know how to love
I know I’ll be alive.
I’ve got all my life to live.
I’ve got all my love to give.
I will survive.
I will survive.

breakdown.

At first I was afraid.
I was petrified.
I kept thinking I could never live
Without you by my side.

“These aren’t the most complex set of lyrics I have analyzed in the past but they’re good. I don’t think there is anyone on this earth that didn’t/doesn’t like the song “I will survive” because Aretha made it so good. There is so much pain set within these lyrics from the original as exemplified by her intonation and deep-passionate cries as Aretha sings it she kills it. But there is a similar sense of hurt bellowed out through similar anguished cries that come from john McCrea as well. That is ultimately why I liked this particular version of this song just as much as the original because they’re both just really damn good.

This is a basic set of lyrics basically describing a few moments in the past of which one feels weak and alone. The simple thoughts of not having a former lover by ones side anymore can cause severe emotional stress and mental trauma even to the point of possibly wanting to make what actually turns out to be a really great song.

Sometimes I like to listen to cake’s version and at times Aretha’s.”

But then I spent so many nights
Just thinking how you’d done me wrong.
I grew strong.
I learned how to get along.

“Here we have another basic set of lyrics yet they’re so good due to the simplicity and the earnestness within these few conjured up emotion-filled sentences for us to remember. ”

And so you’re back from outer space.
I just walked in to find you here
Without that look upon your face.
I should have changed my fucking lock.
I would have made you leave your key
If I’d have known for just one second
You’d be back to bother me.

“I love these set of lyrics because they basically describe the details of what the singer is going through once again discovering the baffling typical actions that their former jilted lover and how he/she exhibit yet another seemingly pathetic pattern of behaviors in an attempt to woo the lover.

John is actually funny here, because he switches up the original lyrics a bit by throwing a few change of words in and a swear-word for what seems to me as simple shock value or just to be kind of funny. I like it.”

Oh now go.
Walk out the door.
Just turn around now.
You’re not welcome anymore.
Weren’t you the one
Who tried to break me with desire?
Did you think I’d crumble?
Did you think I’d lay down and die?
Oh not I.

“I like these block of lyrics as much as the first two because there isn’t much of a great change-up from the original set. And it’s actually better this way.

Good job john.”

I will survive.
As long as I know how to love
I know I’ll be alive.
I’ve got all my life to live.
I’ve got all my love to give.
I will survive.
I will survive.

“Pretty simple here: it is the chorus and maybe the best part. Who doesn’t wanna sing this?”

It took all the strength I had
Just not to fall apart.
I’m trying hard to mend
The pieces of my broken heart.
And I spent oh so many nights
Just feeling sorry for myself.
I used to cry.
But now I hold my head up high.

“Here’s again a bit of some innocent reminiscence of the past follies with emotional anguish as from love lost but it’s great.”

And you’ll see me with somebody new.
I’m not that stupid little person
Still in love with you.
And so you thought you’d just drop by,
And you expect me to be free.
But now I’m saving all my lovin’
For someone who’s lovin’ me.

Oh now go.
Walk out the door.
Just turn around now.
You’re not welcome anymore.
Weren’t you the one
Who tried to break me with desire?
Did you think I’d crumble?
Did you think I’d lay down and die?
Oh not I.

I will survive.
As long as I know how to love
I know I’ll be alive.
I’ve got all my life to live.
I’ve got all my love to give.
I will survive.
I will survive.

“Ending on a positive note we are presented with the last block of lyrics which describe of the protagonist’s newfound sense of love and the freedom that comes with it and how he is not going to take the former lovers past bullshit anymore and I couldn’t feel anymore happier for our singers new inspiration.”

Pass this song up?
Oh not I. I will survive.
And here’s the video.

-mark, ceo Cultclassik music blogs inc. 2014 (c).

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