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Music Theory Online
Scholars have long recognized the complexities of song personas in popular music. Less well recognized is the way that the deployment of pronouns in pop song lyrics can create sudden shifts in the various currents of musical meaning. Although songs often commit to a single point of view, it is quite common for songs to feature complex shifts in discourse, sometimes aligned with important changes in the music. This paper addresses an especially important pattern, a shift from distance to intimacy.doi:10.30535/mto.20.4.1 fatcat:glrb6niq45envl4nxkyixbcfjq