A sad, sad, sad song

…and song analysis of said song.

So, here we are, again… and I know it’s kind of late, but I can’t sleep… and I’m tired from writing stories and junk all day, so I came here to write a blog post instead.

This song came on shuffle earlier today and it brought back some memories for me. Not sad memories or anything… although it seems like it should… but, it doesn’t. More, like, memories of my best friend in 3rd grade playing this song over and over again every time I went over to her house. Seriously, she was obsessed with it and made me watch the music video with her at least 20 plus times… and, of course, I cried every single time.

But, anyway… what song is it?

Concrete Angel by Martina McBride. 

Yep, get ready for the waterworks.

Now… who wants to hold my hand and the tissue box while I read the lyrics?

She walks to school with the lunch she packed
Nobody knows what she’s holdin’ back
Wearin’ the same dress she wore yesterday
She hides the bruises with linen and lace

😥

The teacher wonders but she doesn’t ask

(But she probably should!!!)

It’s hard to see the pain behind the mask
Bearing the burden of a secret storm
Sometimes she wishes she was never born

God, I’m about to start crying already.

Through the wind and the rain
She stands hard as a stone

She’s not giving up, despite the difficulties.

In her world that she can rise above
But her dreams give her wings
And she flies to a place where she’s loved
Concrete angel

She may not be able to conquer the challanges she has right now… but she still dreams of a better life ahead.

Somebody cries in the middle of the night
The neighbors hear, but they turn out the lights

Ughhhh.

A fragile soul caught in the hands of fate
When morning comes
It’ll be too late

No!!!

Through the wind and the rain
She stands hard as a stone
In her world that she can rise above
But her dreams give her wings
And she flies to a place where she’s loved
Concrete angel

And then it just keeps getting sadder…

A statue stands in a shaded place
An angel girl with an upturned face
A name is written on a polished rock
A broken heart that the world forgot.

Through the wind and the rain
She stands hard as a stone
In her world that she can rise above
But her dreams give her wings
And she flies to a place where she’s loved
Concrete angel

Okay, so… if you didn’t shed one tear or at least think about shedding one tear thoughout that entire song… then something’s up with you.

So, I know I didn’t comment on the song throughout the lyrics as much as I normally do… and part of that was because I didn’t exactly want to, but mostly I wanted you to just read the lyrics for yourself and get the whole idea of everything on your own. I think the lyrics, line by line, were pretty straightforward and easy to interpret, too.

But, anyway… I think it’s pretty obvious what the story behind this song is really all about. I mean… I don’t even think I can think of more than one possible storyline here.

And it’s all about child abuse.

I know, I know… it’s awful to talk about, let alone even try to think about. But, we gotta face facts. Stories like this, tragically, do happen every day… and a lot of them go on completely unoticed. And whether or not Martina McBride wrote this song from a true story she knew or just pulled the prose from her mind one day… it’s got truth to it, and it’s got realness to it. It can and does really happen… and, like she mentions, sometimes it winds up being too late in the end.
So, with that all being said and thrown out there, I think that there’s really a purpose to this piece. It’s definitely meant to spread awareness.

And that’s what a lot of writing is meant to do. Books, movies, songs, magazine articles… they tell us stories that are sometimes hard to hear, things that we don’t want to hear, but that we need to hear… and just be aware of. Even this blog post, now that I think about it, is a post about just getting the word out about this certain topic.

Going along with that, too… a really good book I’d recommend you’d check out, if you’re interested, is A Child Called It. It’s been forever since I actually read it… but it’s about a severe child abuse case, and it’s a really awful story. A tear jerker, for sure.

Back to the main focus here, though… this song presents us with a tough topic to deal with. The story behind it, though, is a very real one, and it wants us to just become aware.

Also, though, if you are aware of a specific child in danger… then you definitely need to seek help for that child as soon as you can. You could really save their life.

Okay, we’re done, now… you can take a breather.

Today’s topic got real heavy real fast, so…

Here’s a short little joke to lighten your mood, if you need it. (I know I do!)

Why does Snoop Dogg carry an umbrella?

Fo’ drizzle.

Haha.

I love Snoop, though.

Anyway, have a good rest of your day! Or… day tomorrow, if you live where I do and it’s almost morning!

-iKari

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