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Published on May 9, 2015 By Dusk411 In Music

Rihanna

American Oxygen

Album: TBA

Year: 2015

 

         Rihanna has some unclear opinions on America in the sedate  “American Oxygen.”

 

            A somber piano opens the single, setting a self-important tone.  The chorus opens the single. Growing up, living in America was her dream. She had a chance at success. It meant starting at the bottom and putting in lots of hard work.(“Breathe out, breathe in/American oxygen/Every breath I breathe/Chasin' this American Dream/We sweat for a nickel and a dime/Turn it into an empire/Breathe in, this feeling/American, American oxygen/American oxygen/Breathe in, this feeling/American, American oxygen.”)

 

           In the Barbados, she was trying to get noticed. She wanted something more. In America, it seemed possible. To have a dream is expected. It’s not brushed off. (“Oh say can you see, this is the American Dream/Young girl, hustlin'/On the other side of the ocean/You can be anything at all/In America, America/I say, can't see/Just close your eyes and breathe.”)

 

             The chorus is sung again.

             While out shopping, she sees a twentysomething man working behind the counter. She thinks he’s trying to put himself through school. He’s going to make something of himself. (“Oh say can you see, this is the American Dream/Young boy, hustlin'/Tryna get the wheels in motion/But he can be anything at all/In America, America/I say, can't see/Just close your eyes and breathe.”)

 

             A shortened chorus is sung. (“Breathe out, breathe in/American oxygen/Every breath I breathe/Chasin' this American Dream/We sweat for a nickel and a dime/Turn it into an empire/Breathe in, this feeling/American, American oxygen.”)

 

               In the bridge, she says America is changing every day. The American Dream is evolving and meaning something new. (“This is the new America/We are the new America/ This is the new America/We are the new America/ This is the new America/We are the new America/ This is the new America/We are the new America.”)

            An extended chorus is sung.  (“Breathe out, breathe in… American oxygen/Breathe in, this feeling/American, American Oxygen/American oxygen
Breathe in, this feeling/American, American Oxygen.”)

           A shortened bridge ends the single.

 

         Rihanna has pride in the country that made her famous. America is known for its idealism. However, Rihanna seems to be doubting it. Is the single celebrating America or questioning it? Without the video to determine it, the single fails to have a message. A single should be able to stand alone from its video.            

 

         The grandiose “American Oxygen” tries to be important with Big Things To Say but relies on the music video to do the major work.


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