Youth – Lyrics as Literature

The loss of innocence is a theme that presents itself often in poetry, so these lyrics by Daughter can be looked at alongside poets such as Blake or Wordsworth.

Shadows settle on the place, that you left
Our minds are troubled by the emptiness
Destroy the middle, it’s a waste of time
From the perfect start to the finish line

And if you’re still breathing, you’re the lucky ones
‘Cause most of us are heaving through corrupted lungs
Setting fire to our insides for fun
Collecting names of the lovers that went wrong
The lovers that went wrong

We are the reckless
We are the wild youth
Chasing visions of our futures
One day we’ll reveal the truth
That one will die before he gets there
And if you’re still bleeding, you’re the lucky ones
‘Cause most of our feelings, they are dead and they are gone
We’re setting fire to our insides for fun
Collecting pictures from the flood that wrecked our home
It was a flood that wrecked this

And you caused it
And you caused it
And you caused it

Well I’ve lost it all, I’m just a silhouette
A lifeless face that you’ll soon forget
My eyes are damp from the words you left
Ringing in my head, when you broke my chest
Ringing in my head, when you broke my chest

And if you’re in love, then you are the lucky one
‘Cause most of us are bitter over someone
Setting fire to our insides for fun
To distract our hearts from ever missing them
But I’m forever missing him

And you caused it
And you caused it
And you caused it

Class discussion: who is we, our, us? Who might the narrator be speaking of? Are we apart of that collective?

1. We’re setting fire to our insides for fun – What feelings and images does this line evoke, what effect does this have?

2. Well I’ve lost it all, I’m just a silhouette – If someone is a silhouette, what has happened to them? What does this metaphor suggest?

3. Collecting pictures from the flood that wrecked our home – What is the significance of holding onto things like photographs? How does this relate to the rest of the song?

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