Song Analysis Of Penthouse Cloud

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I have chosen a song entitled “Penthouse Cloud” sung by the band “The Internet” which was released in 2015. Based on the lyrics, there are a lot of significant linguistic foregrounding included in the song using the techniques of parallelism and deviation.
First of all, the parallelism shown from the lyrics can be analyzed through repetition, phonological and syntactic/grammatical elements. The repetition can be seen in the bridge of the song; “It’s a war outside, It’s a war outside, It’s a war outside” which is repeated for 3 times. Next, for the phonological element, there are many rhyming style of the verses from the song which are;
1) Father who art in heaven, Is this how you saw it when you made your creation? [n]
2) And the sky turns
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There are also some verses that have the syntactic/grammar parallelism which are;
1) Is this how you saw it when you made your creation?, Is this what you wanted?, Is this what you wanted?
2) Or maybe we’ll find paradise in the sky when we die, When we die, When we die, yeah
3) And the clouds turns black, And the sky turns white, And the days turn night
For deviation element, it can be found in term of phonological and semantic aspects. The phonological deviation from the lyrics can be seen in the verse “I’ll fight ’til..” which the word ‘til used the omission of initial part of the word called ‘aphesis’. In the chorus “Father who art in heaven”, the word ‘art’ shows the sub-standard pronunciation of old English which refers to ‘are’ in modern English. For semantic deviation, the verse “Or maybe we’ll find paradise in the sky” can be considered as a metaphor sentence since it is absurd to the mind of the listener as it is a matter of unseen world where the place of paradise cannot be found literally in the sky. The most significant features that stand out the most are the verses that are repeated thrice in the lyrics; “It’s a war outside” and “when we die” that used the technique of parallelism. For deviation element, they are the ones that contain question marks which being emphasized by the singer to make the listener of the song focuses more on the issue given through the theoretical
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