A Song with Words

The Sun” is a relatively light electronic/dance song that provides a feeling of summer and melancholy. It’s from French musician Myd, who mainly does house music. The song is part of the EP All Inclusive, which released in 2017.

As I was selecting a song to defend as poetry from my Spotify playlists, I realized that I don’t actually listen to a ton of songs that have words. “The Sun” is one of the few songs I regularly listen to that does have words, although even it isn’t too complex in its lyrical composition. It sounds super nice and calm, as does the other two songs on the EP, but the lyrics don’t draw too much attention to themselves.

Myd was certainly going for a feeling to be received with this song, rather than any direct message to the audience. And the lyrics permit that transfer; the story being told is one of a journey, of movement, something for the audience to feel. A few things from behind the scenes support this idea of movement: the cover art for All Inclusive, and the music video for another song on the EP, also called “All Inclusive”. In the cover art, Myd is standing naked on a large boat in a beautiful, wealthy beach-villa landscape. It’s a pretty releasing image. But the music video is very strange, in kind of a disturbing way. Myd comes across as a crazy person and a rich douchebag, which he most definitely is. Through the movement found here, and despite the douchiness of the writer of the song, there’s still something about “The Sun” and its use of language that resonates with me.

Always on the run
Towards the sun
We always wonder
Why we love it, why we love

This verse is repeated multiple times in the song. A reason for this is that the journey to the sun, which is a metaphor for escaping the restraints of society, doesn’t end. The speaker isn’t just wondering about his life, he cites that he’s always wondering about why things are the way they are. In other words, the speaker won’t ever reach the sun. The whole “it’s all about the journey” thing is kind of cliché, but I think the speaker says a little more than that. He’s proclaiming the idea that there is no end to the journey, and that the journey is the only option, so it’s like the speaker is lucky that he loves it, because if he didn’t, his existence would be tragic.

The entire song feels bittersweet, and melancholic in a way. It’s also repetitive. The journey being an escape from societal restraints, anxiety, and sadness, it’s bittersweet that the escape is so formulaic, and that there’s always one way to do it. This is why the Sun is an interesting metaphor to use, because there is only one direction to it.

We can't bear it, just to know that
Like the sun, like the sun
Hey, we're in love
Baby you know
If we can't do it
We'll regret it
Honestly we spent too much time waiting

Something I haven’t mentioned yet is the “we”. There’s clearly a love interest here, someone the speaker escapes with. There is a problem: they’re not doing something they want to be doing. One would think that this would pertain to the restrains of society, and the issue would be solved during the journey to the Sun. (In Myd’s case, this would be going on a cruise and partying). However, this issue comes up during the escape. So, it is unclear what the problem actually is, whether they want to actually reach the sun (which is impossible) or if it’s impossible to even journey to the Sun, and the speaker and his love interest are just lying to themselves about ever being on a journey. Even through this problem, the speaker says that they love the journey: bittersweet.

In the end, “The Sun” is just a French dance song created by rich white guy. The lyrics do, however, present an interesting situation that goes against what is traditionally thought of as escaping society, or being yourself, in a way that benefits the rest of the song in its provoking of emotion, which only poetry could do.

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