Scatman's World Analysis

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Many songs are made to entertain, and many songs have a message rooted within. Finding the traits and connotations of a song can be tiresome. With the help of a checklist it is simpler. The song “Scatman’s World” by Scatman John (John Paul Larkin) is a catchy song and also has meaning. This astounding song can be broken down through its uniqueness, structure, and purpose. On first glance the song is catchy, has an upbeat mood, has a unique sound, and can be compared to John Larkin’s other works. The style of music is John’s own unique style which is a mix of dance and scat that induces a happy upbeat mood. “Scatman’s World” blends John’s worldviews with his unique rhythm. Such as when John says in “Scatman’s World,” “Scatman, fat man, black…show more content…
To start off with John likes to rhyme in his scat rap style. A verse that has a sample of his rhyming is when he says, “I'm calling out from Scatland I'm calling out from Scatman's world If you wanna break free you better listen to me You got to learn how to see in your fantasy.” There are slant rhymes between “Scatland” and “world”, and “fantasy” and “me.” His verses also are related to equality. John says in his song, “Scatman, fatman, black and white and brown man Tell me 'bout the colour of your soul.” Not only is equality in this verse but also more rhyming. Another song by John is “Scatman - Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop” John says, “Why should we be pleasin' in the politician heathens Who would try to change the seasons if they could? The state of the condition insults my…show more content…
John’s views are brought up in his song and is equality, war, and working towards a better world. These several verses are the conflicts such as his view on equality when John says, “Scatman, fat man, black and white and brown man Tell me 'bout the colour of your soul.” John’s view on war is also known when he says, “Everyone's born to compete as he chooses, But how can someone win if winning means that someone loses.” Lastly John believes that you should work to better the world when he says, “If part of your solution isn't ending the pollution Then I don't want to hear your stories told.” The setting of his song is during 1995 in America. John’s message in this song can be traced back to many occurances at that point in his life. John was born in 1942, when he began to sign he was twelve. At age eighteen he would experience first hand Civil Rights movements gaining traction in the 1960s. Throughout his childhood he had a traumatic experience with other kids due to a severe stutter. Next there is 1939 - 1945, which is World War II. During his infancy WWII was in progress, eventually he would grow up around the aftermath of such an appalling period. Lastly is the pollution, it can have two meanings. One is that the literal pollution in the world should be a concern. On the other hand is the figurative stance which is that your “solution” which should end the “pollution,” you should work to benefit the community

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