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SOS
     
Based off of the hit by Rihanna
 

Lalala lalala la la lala la Ohhh
You know... I really like my freedom see
Lalala lalala la la lala la Ohhh
Feels like... so real

Verse 1:
I’m a-looking around and what do I see
cameras everywhere following me
It’s got me stressing, knowing they know my gait and face
Because now I gotta go and save our rights with haste
There’s hella detectors looking for crazy crooks
Am I a terrorist if I go and nuke these books?
It makes me shaken up, never mistaken
But I gotta take it back, got me calling out for help.

Chorus:
SOS please someone help me
It’s not healthy... to be spied on this way
DHS you’re making this hard
I can’t take it, see it don’t feel right
SOS please someone help me
DHS you’re making this hard
You got me tossin’ and turnin’ and can’t sleep at night

Bridge:
This time please someone come and rescue me
‘Cause I’m losing my mind and my privacy
I think I’m gonna find a way to take it back,
America back after this attack.
This time please someone come and rescue me
‘Cause I’m losing my mind and my privacy
I think I’m gonna find a way to take it back,
America back after this attack.

Verse 2:
With this new Act they can track our cards of deb and cred
Yes it’s a new way to find the terrorists so they said
My tummy’s up in knots cause when I think this I get so mad
My common sense is out the door, why don’t you get it Dad?
Take it back (uh huh) you know inside we need our rights
Take it back, let’s yell that at the rave tonight
Yeah I think it’s time to fight security
Boy I really really really miss my privacy

Chorus:
SOS please someone help me
It’s not healthy... to be spied on this way
DHS you’re making this hard,
You got me tossin’ and turnin’ and can’t sleep at night

Boy, security’s got me feeling open
And boy, sometimes I really feel like mopin’
But listen, I’m not going to be a martyr
Cause I wanna be a fighter
And I know what to do it’s true
You know, America this is for you so...

Chorus:
SOS please someone help me
It’s not healthy... to be spied on this way
DHS you’re making this hard
I can’t take it, see it don’t feel right
SOS please someone help me
DHS you’re making this hard
You got me tossin’ and turnin’ and can’t sleep at night

Bridge:
This time please someone come and rescue me
‘Cause I’m losing my mind and my privacy
I think I’m gonna find a way to take it back,
America back after this attack.
This time please someone come and rescue me
‘Cause I’m losing my mind and my privacy
I think I’m gonna find a way to take it back,
America back after this attack.

Lala lala lala lala Ohhh
Ohh ohh lala lala lala lala Oh oh

 

Marcus feels passionate towards a lot of things: technology, coffee, friends, sometimes girls. But most of all, he is incredibly passionate about people’s freedom and rights, especially the right of privacy. Even before the terrorist attacks on the bridge, the security measures implemented by the government really bothers him, which I try to portray in the first verse of this remixed song. Fortunately with his knowledge of technology, he is regularly able to rebel and work around the security measures, like “nuking” the library books with the detectors, one of my favorite scenes in the book. After being imprisoined by the DHS, he realizes that he needs to act and “take it back”—take back America and American rights.


While reading the book, the song “SOS” came to mind because Marcus and company seem to be asking for help frequently, which is understandable since they were imprisioned for awhile. But once they’re released, they don’t know whom to turn to for help and guidance; the DHS and government are what threatened Marcus in the first place (“We’ll be watching you…) and he can’t get his family involved because it would put them at risk. This is a scary situation for a person to be in, and I feel empathetic towards him at this point. Even though he doesn’t have a lot of people to turn to and tell the truth to, he still decides to fight back.


The second verse of the song reveals the situation after the attack. The US government puts into effect the Patriot Act II, which allows the government to monitor citizens’ through their debit and credit card transactions—but how does this really help find the terrorists? Marcus also becomes incredibly frustrated with his father because his dad supports the government in hunting down the terrorists—even if it means giving up one’s privacy. The line “take it back” really struck me in the book, so I wanted to emphasize this point in the song.  

In a way, this song is kind of a fight song for Marcus. In the end, he finds that he is the one who can help and he chooses to be a fighter instead of a martyr.