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Commentary - Staring At The Sun by The Offspring.

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Introduction

Staring At The Sun Artist: The Offspring Album: Americana Year: 1998 Maybe life is like a ride on a freeway Dodging bullets while you're trying to find your way Everyone's around, but no one does a damn thing It brings me down, but I won't let them If I seem bleak Well you'd be correct And if I don't speak It's cause I can't disconnect But I won't be burned by the reflection Of the fire in your eyes As you're staring at the sun When I ran I didn't feel like I ran away When I escaped I didn't feel like I got away There's more to living than only surviving Maybe I'm not there, but I'm still trying Though you hear me I don't think that you relate My will is something That you can't confiscate So forgive me, but I won't be frustrated By destruction in your eyes As you're staring at the sun Commentary (Staring At The Sun) The Offspring are commonly known to be a punk-rock band but they have taken up so many different styles in their albums that many would agree that they sing something unique which cannot be fitted fully in a specific genre of music. ...read more.

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The next two lines link to the idea that it is important for anybody to be who he/she is and do not care what anyone else thinks. This is suggested by the third line that although "everyone's around", there is really no help from them in selecting the path of your life ("no one does a damn thing"). The next line extends the idea slightly suggesting that being yourself while all the rest turn against you is very hard but you should not quit the path you have selected. The end of the third line and the beginning of the fourth are loaded with "heavy" words. This becomes even more evident as the singer stresses these words when singing the song. Repetition of "d" and "g" in the words "damn", "thing", "brings", "down" emphasizes the fact that there is no help from the people surrounding you and that they essentially try to stop you from selecting your path ("bring", "down"). But this is then contradicted by "I won't let them". The second stanza emphasizes persona's unwillingness to conform to everyone else. This is suggested by the first four lines. ...read more.

Conclusion

It is also significant that the idea of searching, emphasized by the first two lines ("ran", "ran away", "escaped" and "got away") also links it to the idea that your mind could be confused by other people's opinions. The last stanza again emphasizes the fact that the persona is not going to be dragged down by self-destructive people who compromise themselves. In the first two lines persona is suggesting that although these self-destructive people may understand him they cannot take any action towards changing it as their identity and character are already tied in with the thought that they have to compromise themselves. The third and fourth lines of the stanza signify the fact that persona will not be a part of that by admitting that "my will" will be guiding him in search for his path and that it cannot be manipulated or "confiscated" unlike the minds of people who compromise themselves. This is also confirmed by stressing "my will" which emphasizes strength and endurance. The last three lines of the stanza repeat the end of the second one and thus emphasize the persona's thoughts that it is important for anybody to be who they really want to and not to try conforming to or to fitting in somebody else's style. ...read more.

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