Analysis the song lyric of “someone like you” by Adele related to affective theory

Abstract
Song lyric is a part of literary work, lyrics same with the poem, but it was served with a song, and included in the genre of imaginative literature, song lyric has storyline and meaning. Related to affective theory, the idea that art and literatures evoke deep and universal responses in readers or listeners, no matter what age or culture they are from. In song lyric of “someone like you” by Adele we can see the storyline about the woman who telling about her love story, this is sad love story, we could feel the sadness that she feels, disappointment, and her perseverance.
Key words: song lyric, affective theory, respond by listener

Introduction
Literature is a form of art that is expressed by human thoughts and feelings with the beauty of language, originality of ideas, and the depth of the message. Literature is a social institution that uses the medium of language.
Song lyrics are included in the genre of literature because the lyrics are literary works (poems) that contain the outpouring of personal feeling, the wording of a song. So lyrics same with the poem, but it was served with a song, and included in the genre of imaginative literature.
The song is one way for someone to express a feeling. In a song, the ability to imagine and create beautiful lyrics that is in need. A song should have something that has meaning, not just a series of words. Creating a song is not just about the tempo, tone, rhythm, but also the meaning or message conveyed through the lyrics the song.
I will try to analyze the lyrics of the song by Adele ”someone like you”, but I will limit my analysis only on the content or the story of the song, then finding what perceptions obtained from listeners and emotions they feel from this song.

Someone Like You
By Adele

I heard that you’re settled down
That you found a girl and you’re married now
I heard that your dreams came true
Guess she gave you things I didn’t give to you

Old friend, why are you so shy?
Ain’t like you to hold back or hide from the light

I hate to turn up out of the blue, uninvited
But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it
I had hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded
That for me, it isn’t over

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you, too
Don’t forget me, I begged, I remember you said
Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead
Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead

You know how the time flies
Only yesterday was the time of our lives
We were born and raised in a summer haze
Bound by the surprise of our glory days

I hate to turn up out of the blue, uninvited
But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it
I had hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded
That for me, it isn’t over yet

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you, too
Don’t forget me, I begged, I remember you said
Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead, yeah

Nothing compares no worries or cares
Regrets and mistakes, they’re memories made
Who would have known how bittersweet this would taste?

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you
Don’t forget me, I begged, I remember you said
Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you, too
Don’t forget me, I begged, I remember you said
Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead
Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead

Theoritical Review

Analysis based on affective theory, the idea that art and literatures evoke deep and universal responses in readers, no matter what age or culture they are from. It holds that a work of art ought to arouse a particular emotion in the perceiver. Usually the affective theory insists that the aim is not to induce a temporary emotional state, but to induce an emotional state that will lead to action, for example, that the artist is so to stimulate in people an awareness about love, and they will feel happiness or sadness.

Discussion

I heard that you’re settled down
That you found a girl and you’re married now
I heard that your dreams came true
Guess she gave you things I didn’t give to you

In this lyrics telling about a woman who knows that her former lover had settled down and get married. She thinks he has succeeded achieve his dream because getting a woman who is better than her.

Old friend, why are you so shy?
Ain’t like you to hold back or hide from the light

But what happened was this man cover up him now, so as not to be known by the woman.

I hate to turn up out of the blue, uninvited
But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it
I had hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded
That for me, it isn’t over

This lyric told that the woman came to the marriage. She realized that she not supposed to come because she not invited, but she thought it had to come so he could see it and know that it is not over for her.

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you, too
Don’t forget me, I begged, I remember you said
Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead
Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead

Here a woman is told to be a strong, she said that she would find someone like him, and she also wished the best for him, but she begged not to forget her. Then she remembered the words of the man it before that sometimes love is happy ending (wedding) but sometimes it will ended painful.

You know how the time flies
Only yesterday was the time of our lives
We were born and raised in a summer haze
Bound by the surprise of our glory days

In this part tells about the past, where the woman feels very fast time passes, like yesterday they were born and grew up together.

Nothing compares no worries or cares
Regrets and mistakes, they’re memories made
Who would have known how bittersweet this would taste?

In this section, this woman seems to think about all that has happened so far, that all no one cares or worries, and all these mistakes are happening and she feel hurt.

Summary

So this song is a sad love song, which tells the love story ended. We will be able to feel what her feelings, her sadness, her disappointment, and her perseverance; feeling abandoned by her true love and tries to survive from that situation. What we can take is, when we have something precious, we must keep that, lest we regret it later when we lose, and we must be ready and able to confront when we’ve lost.

References

http://www.liriklagu.info/lyrics/the-lyrics/a/adele-someone-like-you.html accessed on 26 December 2012
http://archive.org/stream/theoryofliteratu00inwell/theoryofliteratu00inwell_djvu.txt accessed on 26 December 2012
http://terjemah-lirik-lagu-barat.blogspot.com/2011/10/someone-like-you-adele.html accessed on 26 December 2012
http://songmeaning-project.blogspot.com/2012/04/arti-lirik-lagu-adele-someone-like-you.html accessed on 26 December 2012

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