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Bittersweet Symphony

by Charity-Joy Acchiardo

The lyrics are a sombre look at the listlessness and dissatisfaction of everyday life: “You're a slave to money, then you die.” The title of this song is a metaphor for the alienation of life. Richard Ashcroft wrote this song after watching his father “work 9 to 5” his entire life, die suddenly of a brain haemorrhage and achieve nothing. Are we capable of adjusting to change?

Bitter Sweet Symphony

This iconic video from 1997 shows Richard Ashcroft bumping into people as he walks down Hoxton Street, a crowded shopping area in London. What can this song tell us about the alienation of life?

from Urban Hymns (1997)
Creator: The Verve
Distributor: Hut
Posted by Charity-Joy Acchiardo