Lyrics to a song, words in a poem, a novel, a documentary are all subject to interpretation. Not one person will feel the same or understand the world the same. We are unique in every way: our style, the way we think, and our emotions. All of which are influenced by our life experiences.
When it comes to a particular song it has to move me in a certain way. It could be inspirational and fun like one of Pharrell Williams’ more popular song: “Happy” or a tune with much depth as Alantis Morissette’s “What if God Was One of Us.” There are songs that I like that are sung by artists I don’t care too much for their style and of course there are artists I love who may sing a song (s) that I don’t like.
One of those songs that I like sung by an artist that is not my favorite is “If I Were A Boy” by Beyonce Knowles. My interpretation of this song that it implies empathy. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes. The Merriam Webster defines empathy as follows:
the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions : the ability to share someone else’s feelings.
Today, I believe this society is lacking empathy and it seems to be getting worse. Teenagers are ambushing each other for petty reasons and recording this incident on video to be loaded onto social media websites, people look the other way when someone is being attacked, flash mobs on the streets causing chaos and confusion and the list goes on and on.
If society was a little more empathetic than life could be a little better. All it takes is for people to respect, sympathize, and understand the feelings of others.
We don’t have to agree but a little compassion and understanding can go a long way or a least will make life nicer.
For your enjoyment here’s Beyonce’s “If I were a boy”