Disney music (part 1)

I've recently renewed my appreciation for Disney music. Especially from Mulan, the Lion King, and Tarzan. As a kid, sure, I liked those songs. They were fun and easy to sing along to, but had no more meaning to me than the movies they came with. But as an adult (or teenager, whatever) I look at the lyrics a little differently.

Take "Two Worlds" (Tarzan) for example.

   "Raise your head up
Lift high the load
Take strength from those that need you
Build high the walls
Build strong the beams
A new life is waiting
But danger's no stranger here
    No words describe a mother's tears
No words can heal a broken heart
A dream is gone, but where there's hope
    Somewhere something is calling for you
Two worlds, one family
Trust your heart"

I may be misinterpreting this, but this can be applied to ... a few different situations. I don't remember so much from the actual movie, but was this the part where Tarzan is starting to think he might leave his "family" and go live with Jane and adapt to her lifestyle? He understands that this decision will hurt his "mother", but at the same time he's prioritizing love. (Obviously that doesn't make the decision any easier, but you get the point.)

Notice : "A new life is waiting But danger's no stranger here " Every choice has it's consequences. Thank goodness everything worked out for Tarzan in the end, right? ;) On the same line of thought, here's another one of my Tarzan Soundtrack favorites:

"I can see there's so much to learn
It's all so close and yet so far
I see myself as people see me
Oh, I just know there's something
bigger out there

I wanna know, can you show me
I wanna know about these
strangers like me
Tell me more, please show me
Something's familiar about these strangers like me
These emotions I never knew
Of some other world far beyond this place
Beyond the trees, above the clouds
I see before me a new horizon"

I thought this was a pretty well worded way to say that change happens. 
It's only natural to want to "grow up" and become someone you actually 
want to be (assuming you weren't satisfied with who you were before). 
But change is so hard to accept for some :( Using Tarzan's example here, 
if he follows his heart so to speak, he'd be leaving the ones who raised him 
and cared for him. He still loves them, and doesn't want to hurt anyone, 
but he's in love. He can't put his life on hold because his friends and family 
won't react well to the change. Depressing, but those are the decisions some 
are faced with. On a more serious note: Mulan. Specifically - Reflection. 

"Look at me
I will never pass for a perfect bride
Or a perfect daughter
Can it be
I'm not meant to play this part?
Now I see
That if I were truly to be myself
I would break my family's heart
Who is that girl I see
Staring straight
Back at me?
Why is my reflection someone
I don't know?
Somehow I cannot hide
Who I am
Though I've tried
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?"

Every parents worst nightmare: their kid grows up to be someone 
other than the person they imagined their child would become. 
And what if you spent your whole life trying to make your parents 
proud, only to realize one day that what you really want will disappoint 
and possibly even hurt your parents? 

But you know what? Everything worked out in the end. (Ok, it's Disney. 
They HAD to make a happy ending. But ignorance is bliss, so let me 
believe things always turn out OK in the end in real life too.)


(to be continued)

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Postat av: Nneka Russell

you've opened a whole knew meaning of these songs to me! wow! all i can say is, i feel like I can relate more with Disney soundtracks than i thought!

2011-01-18 @ 19:36:27

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