Gil Scott Heron Addiction

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Music serves as a form to escape our realities; to create our own perspectives of hell. As with usual developed stories, the plot usually thickens and unfolds. With surprises hurled at us constantly, we form this vision of a villain, of our greatest obstacle. What exactly happens, though, when we become our own antagonists? What happens when the creatures we grow to dread, are the ones trapped within our own souls? We all tend to run away from our problems, this relentless agony overwhelms us when faced with our greatest fears. Nevertheless, there is nowhere to run to, when one’s greatest turmoil becomes our own reflections. Gil Scott-Heron found himself at a crossroad with this dilemma. He knew the right way to turn, however, his addiction …show more content…
He spiraled into the world of drugs and slowly his soul began to disintegrate. The impact that his addiction held on Scott-Heron influenced a popular medley titled, “Me and the Devil”. He first begins the song with the lyrics, “Early this morning when you knocked upon my door/ An I say/ Hello, Satan”, symbolizes his constant vulnerability to his craving, and his despair towards complying with the sin. Scott-Heron repeats the same line, back to back, “Me and the Devil/ Walking side by side…” Using the devil as a metaphor for the sin he has committed with his addiction. His temptation followed him for a majority of his life, stepping side by side with him, similar to ‘the …show more content…
He elaborates further on this topic in his piece, “I’m New Here”. One of the empowering lines found is, “No matter how far wrong, you've gone you can always turn around”. This lyric demonstrates Scott-Heron’s mentality that each mistake can always be conquered. Sadness and stress are issues that every individual faces; at times, these exact words are what certain people need to hear. Words of encouragement to continue. To realize that one mistake is not the finale, and that the story always continues. Life is one large plot twist that consistently curves at desired and unwanted

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