Demetrius's Playlist

A Story of Tragedies That is His Love Life

Demetrius knows all too well that you can't always have who you love.

In A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare shows that you can't always have who you love through Demetrius. In the story, Demetrius is involved in a "love square", in which everybody loves someone that doesn't love them back. Demetrius loves Hermia, but she just doesn't feel the same way. And the fact that he's always bothering her to try and to get her attention doesn't help his cause. Demetrius himself has someone who loves him but he doesn't love her. Her name is Helena, and is even more pesky than Demetrius in trying to find love. Demetrius loves Hermia so much he blindly follows her into the woods, but he can't do anything to change Hermia's mind, who just won't love him back.
Bonnie Raitt - I Can't Make You Love Me

Track 1: I Can't Make You Love me by Bonnie Raitt

Demetrius would listen to this song when he is realizing the hopelessness of trying to get Hermia. This song has a very negative and despairing tone and lyrics. The tempo is very slow too, adding to the tone. This song would help Demetrius understand that sometimes people just don't love you, like Hermia, and help him move on from her.


'Cause I can't make you love me

If you don't

You can't make your heart feel

Something it won't

Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone

Track 2: Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson

This song is about someone getting over a bad relationship, like Demetrius getting over Hermia. This song has an upbeat tone, which could be like Demetrius trying to have an upbeat tone and not be disappointed after what had happened. The lyrics also relate to Demetrius, and like it says below, both Kelly Clarkson and Demetrius are wondering why their lover isn't returning the love that they are giving. This song might help Demetrius move on from Hermia, because of the upbeat tone that the song has. It might also help him learn from his mistake, and realize what is happening sooner than he did.


How come I'd never hear you say

I just wanna be with you

I guess you never felt that way

Sam Smith - Lay Me Down

Track 3: Lay Me Down by Sam Smith

This song is about someone who is missing someone they love and not being able to goo on without them, which would relate to Demetrius when he is missing Hermia in his life. This song has a very slow tempo, glum tone, and depressing lyrics, which would relate to Demetrius feeling sad about his situation. This song might help Demetrius by letting him know that there are other people like him that don't have someone they think they need and might also help him express and release all of the feelings that he has built up.


Told me not to cry when you were gone

But the feeling's overwhelming, it's much too strong

Can I lay by your side?

Next to you, you

And make sure you're alright

I'll take care of you

I don't want to be here if I can't be with you tonight

Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me

Track 4: You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift

Demetrius relates to this song when he wants to tell Hermia that he is the one. This song relates to Demetrius's situation because both the song and Demetrius have a negative tone, but the song has an upbeat rhythm. The lyrics relate to Demetrius because both have similar situations. They both love someone who loves someone else, and both think the person they love is better off with themselves. This song would help Demetrius find hope because of the upbeat rhythm, even when the tone is negative and the situation seems hopeless.


Can't you see that I'm the one who understands you

Been here all along so why can't you see

You belong with me

5 Seconds of Summer - Heartbreak Girl

Track 5: Heartbreak Girl by 5 Seconds of Summer

This song is is about a girl who has just gotten her heart broken, and a boy is trying to tell her that he can be her "cure". This would relate to Demetrius after Lysander breaks Hermia's heart because of the love flower. Although the singer is sad in the song, there is a hopeful tone to it, which might have been what Demetrius was feeling too. The lyrics also relate to Demetrius because they tell of someone who they just want to scream at them and let them know that they can be the one to help. This song might help Demetrius understand what he can do to become someone whom someone can love, which is to be kind and gentle to make someone else feel better.

I'm right here. When you gonna realize

That I'm your cure, heartbreak girl?


I bite my tongue but I wanna scream out

You could be with me now

Michael Jackson - Billie Jean

Track 6: Billie Jean by Michael Jackson

This song is about a person that has someone who loves them, but he doesn't love them back. This relates to Demetrius not loving Helena and trying to get her away from him. The tone of this song is upset, which is probably how Demetrius feels after Helena is always bugging him. The lyrics also relate to Demetrius because Michael Jackson is singing about someone who thinks that he is the one, but he is trying to tell her that they are wrong. This song might help Demetrius realize what Hermia is feeling when he is around, and may even get him to stop bugging her altogether.


Billie Jean is not my lover

She's just a girl who claims that I am the one

Incubus - Just A Phase

Track 7: Just a Phase by Incubus

This song is about a boy not liking a girl who likes him and he is hoping it is "just a phase", like Demetrius is probably hoping for Helena. The song has lyrics that relate to Demetrius because Incubus singing from a standpoint of a man who just wants a girl to get off her back. This might help Demetrius realize that he might actually be going through a phase of loving Hermia himself. This would probably mean that he learns not to push so hard for Hermia's love, let it go, and wait for someone else.


Who are you?

When will you be through

Yeah, it's just a phase

It will be over soon

Yeah, it's just a phase

Yeah, it's just a...phase


And I am waiting for it to be over too


Johnny Lee 1980 Looking For Love

Lookin' For Love by Johnny Lee

This song is about someone who is looking for love in the wrong places, but he found it and is now happy. This is like when Demetrius was looking for love from Hermia, but found it instead in Helena. This song has a sad tone, but happy lyrics. The singer sings the song slowly, which makes me think he is depressed. The lyrics are happy because they are sung by someone hasn't had love, but finally found it. This song might help Demetrius understand that he needs to look for love in a different place if he isn't finding it where he's looking. If he does this, he might be able to find true love.


I was lookin' for love in all the wrong places

Lookin' for love in too many faces


You came knockin' on my heart's door

You're everything I've been looking for