Wednesday, February 13, 2008
If one were to take a psychoanalytic approach to this song, then looking at it through the Lacan Model would be a good way to look at it. “Lacan suggests ‘the mirror stage’…when the child becomes aware of itself as a distinct being…while this mirrored being and the world that surrounds it seem completely under the child’s control.’” In this case, however, this can be put into context of the situation, a man who has a sudden awakening. He looks at the world from a very different view than before. Once a man of privilege, the character in the song realizes, “I’ve been a victim of a selfish kind of love. It's Time That I Realize That There Are Some With No Home, Not A Nickel To Loan Could It Be Really Me, Pretending That They're Not Alone?” He awakens to the truth of the world and seeing that not everything is perfect. And perhaps because of his epiphany, he can start to help change the world he sees, by starting with himself.