Camouflage

Lyrical Theories

Name: char
Email: lazycat3@aol.com
Song: camouflage

Theory:

camouflage is used for blending into things, or fitting in with your surroundings. my best theory for this song is that stephan is saying that he will "take in", or help out, anyone who is "taking off their camouflage", or rather, deciding that being someone other than yourself, just to fit in, isn't working out. 


Name: Sara
Email: roygeebiv@aol.com
Song: camouflage

Theory:

"i'll take in anyone that's taking off their camouflage" means kudos to whoever stands out in the crowd. who dares to be different. 

"their cover's blown, so find the story of your own" make your opinions and come to your own conclusions. 

"why does a willow weep when i all i see's a tree grow, all in camouflage, everyone that i know, you walk along like a sequel, you're a cameo" i think this means why does everyone classify a willow tree as weeping? its just a tree. everyone's in camouflage, trying to fit in, but there's so many of them (sequels).

"be a dream in color even on a winter's night" winter is usually portrayed as boring and colorless, you know the world is dead and stuff like that. so dream in color in the winter, even though that's not what the general population's ideas are.

yeah. this song is totally about being different and not being afraid to be the real you. i love this song.


Name: Gib
Email: Wthermans@chartertn.net
Song: Camoflauge

Theory:

This song is about being different from the crowd and how the writer shows he is different "I rock the big line, I rock the backyard" (he is a rock star). He says he will "take in anyone taking off their camoflauge." 


Name: Andrew
Email: andrewde_lange@hotmail.com
Song: Camouflage

Theory:

This song is basically implying that the best person to be is yourself. Someone's "camouflage" is a false personality that one developes in order to fit in. Stephan is saying that the most kick ass person you can be is yourself. So don't hide it, don't do what everyone else thinks is cool, don't wear what everyone else wears, don't act like everyone else acts; Fuck society, live your life based on the way that YOU want to live.


Name: Matt Hossan
Email: Blindfaith76@aol.com

Song: Camouflage

Theory:

Stephan Jenkins is a mastermind at highlighting the current flaws in society, much like satire, this song pokes fun at current trends. Camouflage is his plea to the public...to just be yourself and stop hidng behind a "camouflage" of trends. He knows the destructiveness of society and he wants us to see it too. "to yourself dont destroy". I also feel that the song is echoing and disoriented because as i said Stephan is a mastermind and he is using this song to portray society. In society you have to dig beneath the surface to find the true faces, just like in this song you have to dig beneath the echos and effects to find the true meanings. Take this song as you will, but I feel that the beauty of this song is its ability to reflect society and cry for change.


Name: Kym
Email: kym3eb@theglobe.com
Song: Camouflage

Theory:

I actually wrote a paper on this song and how it relates to the ideals of romanticism and transcendentalism....here are some excerpts from my paper...

One of the first things that hit you when you first listen to “Camouflage” are the special effects. Mainly, the echoing of the song lyrics. Because of these special effects, the lyrics of “Camouflage” are, in a sense, camouflaged by the echoing and makes perfect sense with the subject matter. This song is about becoming an individual and straying from the norm. The theme itself is transcendental in that it is preaching for you to think for yourself and not to conform to everyone else. The writers feel that people are hiding behind their camouflage and aren’t letting their true colors shine. However, whoever chooses to be themselves gain the respect of the writers of this song. “I’ll take in anyone who’s taking off their camouflage…I’ll take in anyone who’s messing up the sabotage.” ...
The main romantic and transcendental aspect of this song is the individual. Jenkins and Cadogan believe that it is important for you to be you, and not like everyone else. They feel that in order to truly become yourself, you need to look inside of your soul, and what you find in your soul is what you truly are. “Take it up from the underground, proactive, and soul, play a vital role, that’s what you are”. They feel that you should do what is right for you, not for what is wanted by everyone else. You need to find happiness in you, not in everyone else. “Get your joy no matter who says it’s right. Their cover’s blown, find the story of your own.”...
Other romantic aspects of this song include references to nature, and emotions. An example of nature includes the lines, “Be a dream in color even on a winter’s night, thinking George Seurat, afternoon bathed in light.” Jenkins and Cadogan are relating the individual to nature in order to explain what it is that they want. On a winter’s night, it is usually dark and snowy, but the writers are telling you to be a “dream in color” and to differ from the rest of nature and the people. The emotions that are involved in this song convey a sense of confusion and wanting. The writers want people to just be themselves, but are confused about why so many feel the need to be like everyone else. No matter how hard they try, they can’t seem to figure out why people need to conform. “I ask the questions and wonder why, only to roll in a big orange ball that floats in a summer sky”....
This song basically questioned the romantic concepts of human nature. Why is it that people cannot stand alone in this society? Perhaps one day, there won’t be this need to conform. But for now, the people who are “taking off their camouflage” should be looked upon highly for it is hard to be an individual in a world of conformists.
When confronted with this assignment, I realized that this song paralleled a lot of the concepts of self-reliance described by Ralph Waldo Emerson in “Self-Reliance”. Both the songwriters and Emerson believed that people need to think for themselves and not conform to society. In my opinion, this is a very important message to convey. I have a lot more respect for people who can speak for themselves and act on their own behalf rather than the people who need to be in a group at all times and do whatever the group thinks best. Individualism is an important characteristic that more people need to have. 


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