Christopher Columbus is an All Star
Kassidy Koch & Megan Burnham
Christopher Columbus is one of the most notable explorers, and one of the most known names in the world. His discoveries and voyages have been studied and celebrated in many places by many people. The song “All Star” by Smash Mouth off the band’s album “Astro Lounge” is also a notable song in modern popular culture. Both of these things are fairly notable and popular, and the lyrics of this song could explain some things about Christopher Columbus’ life journey. It can also explain his path in life and how he discovered new land.
“Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me” is the opening line of this infamous song, and this could be related to Columbus because he thought the world was round. The second line, “I ain’t the sharpest tool in the shed” can relate to Columbus because he was not smart, but he had extremely good speaking skills and could convince people many things because of his enthusiasm and tone of voice. The next two lines, “ She was looking kind of dumb with her finger and her thumb, in the shape of an “L” on her forehead. These two lines can relate because he looked dumb begging Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand to go sail to the “Asia”. “Well the years start coming and they don’t stop coming, fed to the rules and I hit the ground running”, can relate to Columbus because his voyages took up many years of his life from going back and forth from Europe and the Bahamas. He also waited five years to go back to America to see his brother and what he left there, and discovered it to be in ruins, hence “fed to the rules and hit the ground running” He also found no towns or villages on the coast except small settlements with whose inhabitants I could not speak because they all immediately fled, the Native Americans hit the ground running. The next lines of the song, including “Didn’t makes sense not to live for fun, your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb” can mean that Columbus loved sailing but made a fifth voyage on the seas as a passenger, although he was very ill, and that his knowledge of America grew and had issues with his eyes, which could cause his head to get dumb.
.The lines of the pre-chorus include “ So much to do, so much to see, so what's wrong with taking the back streets, you'll never know if you don’t go, and you’ll never shine if you don't show” these last lines relate because they had to take a different route, and the coast was carrying him northwards, which was not the course he wished to take. They also didn’t know what the Native Americans were like if they never found America. There are also many harbours on the sea coast beyond comparison with any knowledge in Christendom.The harbours are...