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Song Analysis – November By Sparkbird

Song Analysis - November By Sparkbird

The song “November” by Sparkbird could be considered as part of the Indie genre in music. Although the creator “usually [says] chamber pop, in part because of the use of strings in the arrangement.” Chamber pop can be briefly defined as a music genre that combines rock music with the intricate use of vocal harmonies, piano, horns, and strings. Another name for this genre would be baroque pop.

According to Sparkbird themself, the meaning of the song is up to the interpretation of the listener. They had said that, “once a song is written it kind of lives its own life.”

The song itself is extremely creative, containing lyrics that not many people would think to string into a song in the way this artist has. The way it’s written gives way to a vast field of ideas that can come from these words. The creativity in question makes the song seem like a poetic story.

The first verse of the song is the starting paragraph of this hypothetical fantasy book. The repeating of the lines “I said it / I didn’t” allude to something that this supposed main character had said, something that they seem to regret, but the reader isn’t aware of what they said possibly until far later in the story.

The second verse, “Can’t pick them out / Can’t press them in / I’ll never hide my scars,” makes it seem like the main character is experiencing doubt or insecurity. The mention of these scars does not necessarily have to mean physical scars. These scars could very well be mental or psychological scars due to past events. This part of the song would likely be near the start of the adventure.

The third verse is quite interesting, it is the middle of the story but not quite yet the climax. The lyrics at the start of the verse, “One small sound, one small sight / One unsheathed knife must glint / In an alternate timeline’s light,” makes one think that maybe the main character had gotten a glimpse of what could’ve been, this may also be the part that the reader finds out what was said before the start of the story. The end of the verse, “Familiarity breeds indifference / Familiarity breeds discontent” (each line repeated twice), is the main character likely doubting they can fully trust those they are most familiar with.

It would be the end of the song, the final few lines that are, respectively, both the climax and the end of the story. The lyrics “It doesn’t matter / What I said or didn’t” can be said as the heat of an argument rapidly rising, an argument likely between the main character and their closest friend about what was said at the very beginning. The heat of the argument, where regrettable things are often said, would be the lyrics “You were never going to get it / I was always gonna get it.” The first line is this supposed close friend claiming the main character would never going to get why they had done what they did, while the second line is more of a realization the main character has that no matter what they did to change their fate, they were bound to practically become a villain of their own making. From then the lyrics about scars and familiarity repeat, likely representing the main character spiraling in their own thoughts. The lyrics “ Not only is it thicker, blood is stickier than water / Maybe that’s relevant somehow / Can I explode now?” is no doubt the main character just wanting to be done with this adventure, done with everything. They’d rather die than continue like this.


Overall, it is a really cool song, and if you have a different interpretation, that’s completely fine!

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Leo Atwell
Leo Atwell, Staff Reporter
My name is Leo Atwell, I am 14 and a freshman taking journalism for the first time. My plans after high school are for me to go to college for at least two years upon my parents' request and to move to Canada. I used to live in Newport News before moving to Gloucester right at the end of my 2nd grade year. I’m taking this class as a way to make my writing better and more descriptive. Being in the newspaper doesn’t mean as much to me as it’s just something I have to do as part of the class, although that won’t stop me from enjoying writing the articles. I hope to make a difference, if not in school than in the world, by sharing my own stories, I write in my free time and the edits I make for fun.

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