Song Analysis: Take On Me by A-ha (1984)


This is an interesting song because I think it perfectly describes an all too familiar scenario that many of us have gone through: liking someone and not knowing how to tell them. Logic would say to just be honest and straightforward with that person, but the reality is that humans are complex emotional beings. While that often presents many obstacles for how we connect with others around us, it’s also what makes relationships so special in the first place. This song demonstrates the emotional battle that a guy is going through in trying to communicate his feelings in a way that will lead to a happy ending.

At the beginning of the song, he admits that he doesn’t know what to say but he still wants to talk to this girl anyway because he really likes her. The chorus “Take on me,
Take me on, I’ll be gone, In a day or two” is him hoping that she will take a risk and give him a chance, because sooner or later he won’t be able to handle it anymore and have to move on. This is again reiterated in the second verse when he says It’s no better to be safe than sorry.” It’s a constant battle between him deciding how to tell her vs. him waiting to see if she feels the same way about him.

I think one of the key parts of this song comes in the final verse: “The things that you say, is it live or just to play my worries away?” For me these words indicate that the two already have a close friendship, and he wants to know whether she is only interested in being friends or if she wants something more. Is this something real or is just casual flirting as friends? I personally think this is one of the toughest things to interpret. Sometimes you really can’t tell if someone likes you or if they are just being nice. It becomes a guessing game and that’s what the guy in this song is struggling over. Is it worth telling someone you’re close to that you like them as more than a friend and risk ruining a good friendship?

As someone who tries to approach everything from a logical and analytical perspective, I am always fascinated by these complex emotional dilemmas that people experience. My brain is wired to think that there’s a logical way to solve every problem that we face, but when it comes to friendships and relationships, it really can be just a guessing game and weighing of subjective opinions. As I said in the beginning, maybe that’s what makes it special to begin with. When things don’t work out it leads to heartbreak, but when we do make that connection than there’s no better feeling in the world and no logic to explain it.

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4 Responses to Song Analysis: Take On Me by A-ha (1984)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great fucking googly moo. Thank you. I just re-fell in love with song recently after watching the MTV unplugged version and while I’ve always loved the song, after life has been lived – I appreciate this song so much more. You VERY well quantified exactly why. Thank you so very much

  2. Cindy says:

    Thanks for explaining you did a great job…it really helped me understand…I was afraid it was a one nught stand but I liked you’re take better…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Jeff, you the bomb

  4. Anonymous says:

    thank you four halpeng me wif ma homwork projekt on this song!!!!11! It relly halped!!11

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