January 29, 2018
Just be YOU
Some songs aren’t simple lyrics plastered onto a piece of scrap paper and rhymed into a coherent chorus. It’s the personal experience and strength to express them that motivates to create a song worth remembering and relating to. In my opinion, the verses of the song, Gasoline by Halsey, mock hypercritical or stereotypical statements received from people regarding the doings of the one being judged:
“Are you insane like me? Been in pain like me?”
Bought a hundred-dollar bottle of champagne like me?
Just to drown that **** down the drain like me?”
“Do the people whisper about you on the train like me?
Saying, I just shouldn’t waste your pretty face like me?”
This song doesn’t simply resemble individuality from the writer; it expresses a sort of “personal” craziness that is present in all of us and how those around tend to push you down. The sarcastic tone of the questions is the part that captured my attention to this song:
“Are you deranged like me? Are you strange like me?
Lighting matches just to swallow up the flame like me”
I’m pretty sure as any other girl, I have experienced being pushed down by either strangers, classmates, friends, or even siblings. I feel like this song is saying that it’s alright to be different or strange or a bit “out of the world” because it’s simply an expression of your personal identity.