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UGA MUSI 2040 - Song Analysis- Girl on Fire

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Timing Lyrics Form Melody Harmony Texture Rhythm/MeterTimbre Word-MusicRelationship0:00 “She's just a girl, and she's on fireHotter than a fantasy, longer like ahighwayShe's living in a world, and it's on fireFeeling the catastrophe, but she knows she can fly away”A Fairly flat and short; mostly shortphrases; falling melodyConsonant (the whole song)Thin; only vocals and percussion presentDuple meterthe entire section (and the whole song); straight rhythm Lyrics are bright and shrill; piercing (whole song)Largely syllabic witha few melismas; melismas occur at “fire”(:03), “highway”(:09), “fire”(:13), and “away”(:19)0:20 “Oh, she gotboth feet on the groundAnd she's burning it downOh, she got her head in the cloudsAnd she's not backing B Jagged; longer phrases added along with a few short phrases; melody rising the whole phraseConsonant (the whole song)Texture thickens; piano added along with vocals and percussionDuple meter; at “ohhhhh” (:20) rhythmturns straight; remains straight; syncopated at phrases “burning it Lyrics are the same as previous section: bright and shrill; piercing (whole song); pianoadds warmthEntire phrase is syllabic except for melisma at “oh” (0:31)down” down” (0:27) and “she’s not backing down” (0:38)0:42 “This girl is on fireThis girl is on fireShe's walking on fireThis girl is on fire”C Phrase jagged; melody risesuntil the very end of last line at “on fire” (0:58); all short phrasesConsonant (the whole song)Texture remains the same as the previous sectionDuple; meter; Straight rhythm except at line “she’s walking on fire” (0:52)Song still bright and shrill; gets richer and slightly darkerPhrase syllabic except for melismas at “fire” (0:48)and “fire” (0:59)1:03 “Looks like a girl, but she's a flameSo bright, she can burnyour eyesBetter look the other wayYou can try but you'll never forget her nameShe's on top of the worldA Jagged melody; rises until “better look the other way” (1:12) when melody falls, then rises the restof the phrase; longer phrasesConsonant (the whole song) Texture remains the same as the previous sectionDuple meter; straight rhythm through the whole phraseLyrics warmand get warmer the entire section; becomes even more rich and lighterWhole phrase syllabic except at melismas “flame” (1:07) and “name” (1:17)Hottest of the hottest girls say”1:25 “Oh, we got our feet on the groundAnd we're burning it down Oh, got our head in the cloudsAnd we're not coming down”B Jagged melody; rises the whole phrase; phrase length stay relatively the same length as previous passageConsonant (the whole song)Texture thins; only vocals and percussion;Texture thickens at “Oh” (1:35);piano joins phrase againDuple meter; straight rhythm the whole passageLyrics even more piercing than before; slightly colder; gets warmer and larger at “Oh” (1:35) Syllabic except for melisma at “oh” (1:25), “oh” (1:35) and “down”


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