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Has the ancient tradition of ballads fallen prey to todays modern society One might think so The truth however is the opposite Ballads have thrived throughout many centuries and have influenced many types of music Punk Ska and Hardcore bands such as Operation Ivy Less Than Jake H2O and All have capitalized on ballads as a form of lyrical expression One such song Numbered Days a Mighty Mighty Bosstones song written and composed by Dicky Barrett and Nate Albert is a prime example Numbered Days tells the story of a Boston gangs attack on an innocent man This attack ends up being a homicide and only one member of the gang is caught When questioned about the murder the arrested man points the finger to his fellow gang members The other gang members are questioned and all deny ever being even in the vicinity of the murder let alone assisting in it The arrested man is tried convicted and put on Death Row while the other gang members are set free to cause more trouble The theme of this ballad is a very simple one Those who stick by you in times of trouble really are your friends This ballad is a violent example of gang life and the consequences of such a life There are several repetitive devices in Numbered Days The main one being the repetition of the lines Times running out and the tables will turn The days have been numbered and your numbers coming up lines 18-21 23-26 Another repetition is of lines 9-10 15-16 43-44 However the first line of the couplet is altered to fit the progression of the story inside the ballad The first stanza does seem to fit the traditional ballad stanza The second and fourth lines rhyme as do the first and third In traditional ballads the first and third lines of the stanza did not necessarily have to rhyme There are many things that contribute
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