”Tomorrow” by Levi Deadman -Review
By Bri Lamontagne
Observing Song Structure
“Tomorrow” starts with a pace that is common in Levi Deadman’s songs. The addition of repetitive background lyrics matches the steady beat. These lyrics act as the chorus of the song, which is more of an intro and outro with the verse lyrics in between. The verse lyrics make up the majority of the song and lack the interruption of a chorus. The lyrics are faster but well enough enunciated that they are clearly understood.
“Tomorrow” is explicit in the music-industry terminology. It uses curse words that some people find inappropriate. The meaning of the lyrics is mostly shrouded in figurative language. All in all, it seems to be about how the American socio-political system is designed to keep people where they are in life. Levi Deadman uses metaphors such as “the venison they fed us was injected” and “it’s just a new way to enslave”. The lyrics go on to describe the narrator’s struggle to overcome this systematic enslavement. Particularly, through writing and performing rap. Levi Deadman even uses the double-entendre of “killing” a song versus “killing” a person to get this point across.
The chorus gets across the building anxiety of the songs pace and lyrics through repetition. The lyrics relate to the song by saying “not today”, as in “they” won’t “enslave me today”, while the fast pace and the softer register of the words give the song a suspenseful vibe. It is almost as if the narrator is panting while Levi Deadman tries to escape “the system”.
I still don’t commonly listen to rap, but it helps when the songs are easy to understand, relatable, and short. The theme is definitely in various genres about working-class life. Conversely, in Country music the resistance is generally through partying. Country enjoys time away from work, rather than directly fighting the system. This Levi Deadman song does start out pretty loudly, though. Be prepared for that when you add it to your next playlist.