Chasing Cars Poetry Explication

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Mr. Paul

English I Pre-AP

February 9, 2014

The most notable quality of Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars" is the simple purity of the lyrics. While telling a story of the love he feels for someone, the speaker entrances the audience and leaves them wondering how he could've possibly come up with words to describe such an impossible feeling. The overall song is about how and what he feels, for it is clearly more than love. The speaker uses metaphors and other figures of speech to create a beautiful piece of literature; one which not only embodies a truly indescribable feeling, but transforms it into something that nearly anybody can relate to and possibly even understand.

In the opening of the song, the speaker simply states "We'll do it all / Everything / On our own / We don't need / Anything / Or anyone." With this, he's describing some kind of revelation.

When in love, you feel like you could do anything with that person, and the speaker wants to do that and more. Despite this, he doesn't quite know if who he's in love with wants to reciprocate. In fact, he's asking her if she'd join him in the next line, which is also part of the chorus. "If I lay here / If i just lay here / Would you lie with me and just forget the world?" Some would view this as rather straightforward or direct. In spite of this, he's not only asking if she'd like to join him, but letting her know that no matter what, his feelings are going to be heard. These three lines are repeated throughout the poem, for the speaker really does want the person he loves to be with him, and the question of whether or not she...