Music Appreciation Unit: Imagery: Truckin’ by The Grateful Dead

Imagery, metaphor, personification, simile

The Grateful Dead: Truckin’




Busted, down on Bourbon Street, Set up, like a bowlin’ pin.
Knocked down, it get’s to wearin’ thin. They just won’t let you be, oh no.

This song, written by the band Grateful Dead, uses imagery in these lyrics. When it says “Set up, like a bowlin’ pin,” it is using examples of personification, comparing himself or humans in general to a bowling pin, as he was set up and figuratively “knocked down.”  This example is also a metaphor, as it is comparing being busted to being set up as a bowling pin. It is also a simile, again, because it compares to completely different things, humans, and bowling pins.

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