"Ohio" by Neil Young

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.

Gotta get down to it
Soldiers are cutting us down
Should have been done long ago.
What if you knew her
And found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know?

Gotta get down to it
Soldiers are cutting us down
Should have been done long ago.
What if you knew her
And found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know?

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.

Syntax, Diction, Tone, and Details Analysis

Syntax: There is a long pause and an emphasis after the sentence “what if you knew her” this offers a second for the listener to think what if.

Diction: found her dead, because the image of someone you knew being shot to death frightens the listener to make them think.

Diction: The beat of the drum makes a solid rhythm that allows the singer to follow and when the singer wants to add emphasis they remove the drum and only allow the guitar to play.

Tone: Accusing- The song is accusing Nixon of being at fault

         Hateful- The band is making the song sound hateful towards the event that took              place

Details: Subject- The four students who lost their lives in the shooting at Kent State University in Ohio.

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