Everyone is always searching for that one empowering song that can change their life. Now, the September 4, 2012, release of American singer-songwriter, Alicia Keys’ lead single, “Girl On Fire,” off her fifth studio album, Girl On Fire, may not be the empowering song for everyone, but it was and still is for some. This song talks about an independent women, who knows what she wants and who then goes for it. She is basically on fire, metaphorically speaking of course.
The song starts off with a very common pop beat of a synth that builds under the vocals. In the first verse, the powerful lyric of, “Hotter than a fantasy, lonely like a highway,” greats listeners. Now I can just assume that, ‘lonely like a highway’ is ironic and/or sarcasm as most highways aren’t lonely in the sense that they always have vehicles driving on them, and that they connect to places and travel through many places. So I’m not really sure what she is meaning by that. The next lyrics, ‘She’s living in a world and it’s on fire / Filled with catastrophe, but she knows she can fly away,” show that the world is a destructive place, that is currently ‘burning’ with war, rage, disasters, etc… but this specific girl knows that she can overcome all of it and still be strong. The second verse also talks about how she is very powerful and, “You can try but you’ll never forget her name / She’s on top of the world.” The second chorus, instead of saying, “She’s got both feet on the ground,” it is now changed to be, “We got our feet on the ground / And we’re burning it down.” This is to emphasize that not just one girl can be at the top, but all girls can make a change in the world and be strong. The third verse again states how the girl is so impactful, but that she is actually lonely, (so the whole highway reference was more that the highway is on a strip of land by itself then…hmm). The song ends with the first lyric of the song repeated, and the music coming to a slow fade.
While the song is very impactful and important to society and women, there are many songs that are similar to it and that try to give the same message. But overall the message is great for young girls to hear that if one girl can, we all can.
Lyrics from, A-Z Lyrics
Alyssa (Rolling Music Reviews)