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A Study on the Meanings of Maher Zain’s Song Lyric “For the Rest of My Life”

THESIS

BY :
Puji Riswamdini
201510100312051

ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT


FACULTY OF TEACHER TRAINING AND EDUCATION
UNIVERSITY OF MUHAMMADIYAH MALANG
2018
1. ABSTRACT
2. BACKGROUND OF STUDY
Language is a part of human life which language as a communication tools to express
their feeling, ideas, and thought. Besides as a communication, language is also used to express
an art. One of art that used to expressed uses text is literature.` Literature is written art that used
language as a medium. The language that is used in literature is unique and difference from
language commonly used. The purpose of literature to attractive the reader. Literature describes
about life, social fact, and written based on the experience of human life. because, in each of
the stories in the literature is taken from real life. one of literary works is Poetry. Poetry is one
of litRelated to literary work that uses a beautiful language and meanings. Coleridge, (in
Pradopo 2000) state “ poetry has a beautiful words which are arranged to the beautiful
meaning”. Poetry is arranged in each of words, and phrase to creates a beautiful meaning.
Related to literary work, poetry and song is cannot be separated which song is created from the
poetry. Song is literary works that has beautiful word and the purpose of song is to
entertainment, enjoyment, and also get the information from the lyric of the song such as the
happiness, and sadness. Every song has meanings and a messages to listeners. Consciously or
unconsciously we can learn a poem based on the lyric of songs. Investigation on message are
carried out by several researchers. The first previous research was done by Arrifianto, (2013)
in her study entitled A Study on the Messages of Maher Zain’s Song ”Insyaallah” in the Album
”Thank You Allah”. Describes about general meaning, detail meaning, and the message of
Maher Zain’s song “Insyaallah” which he only analyzed the messages of the song in general
meaning without including about moral or social..

The second previous research was Sari, (2014) “A study on the messages of Maher
Zain’s song lyric “A: Study of the Messages on Maher Zain’s song lyric “Insyaallah (Good
Will) and For the Rest of My Life” which he analyze detail meaning, general meaning, and the
messages. which focuses on the general meaning and detail meaning and moral messages.

Based on the explanation above, the researcher will conduct a research about literature
study on the messages of Maher Zain’s song lyric”For the Rest of My Life”. The researcher
will analyze the general meaning, the detail meaning, and the messages of Maher Zain’s songs
lyric“For the Rest of My Life”.

In addition, this study will be quite different with the previous research because the
researcher showed the messages in each stanza detailed. Meanwhile, the previous research only
showed the messages in general. Therefore, the researcher hopes that the study could contribute
to the understanding of the various form of literature.
The reason to conducting of literature study is because, “Literature is a group of specific
language that is used to deliver the feeling, thought, emotion, and idea” Rahmanto, (1988). The
researcher chooses “For the Rest of My Life” lyric song because this song is interested to
analyze. This song also has a deep impressive meaning about love, and the lyric has important
message to all people in human life.
3. STATEMENT OF PROBLEM

- What are the general meaning of Maher Zain’s song lyric “For the Rest of My Life”?
- What are the detail meaning of of Maher Zain’s song lyric “For the Rest of My Life”?
- What are the messages of Maher Zain’s song lyric “For the Rest of My Life”?
4. Research Objectives
- To describe the meanings of Maher Zain’s song lyric “For the Rest of My Life”.
- To explain what are the messages of Maher Zain’s song lyric “For the Rest of My Life”.
5. Scope and Limitation

` In this study, the researcher focuses on Maher Zain’s song “For the Rest of My Life”
song lyric that takes from first album “Thank You Allah”. The researcher limits the study
only on the meanings, and the messages of the song.

6. Research Significance

The researcher will give a brief explanation about significance of the study. The result
of this study is expected to be useful for English learning. Songs can be employed for poetry
learning and songs will be the media to learning English that is used to improve English skill
such as: listening, speaking, writing, and vocabulary. Moreover, the result of the study is
expected to give significant contribution to the study of literature. For the literary works, song
are valuable works of literature. Investigation on the lyrics’ work will contribute to the
understanding of the various form of literature.

7. Definition of Key Terms


- Study is a piece of research that examines a subject in a detail. (Oxford, 2007)
- Message is a lesson that is delivered by author to the audience such as: readers, listeners
about the meanings of literary works to tell a story. (Nurgiyantoro, 2013)
- Lyric is a brief, often musical expression of the speaker’s emotional (Macmillan 1984)
- Song is a term for a type for lyric. Song not necessarily design to be set a music. In this
sense it serves as a synonym for a lyric poem (Queen, 2006)
- Maher Zain (born on March 16, 1981) a singer of religious song and songwriter that
comes from Sweden.
- “For the Rest of My Life” is title of song on Maher Zain that will be analyzed.

2. RESEARCH MEHTOD
The researcher concluded that descriptive qualitative research was data that were collected in
a form of words and images which was describing current condition of research object based
on the facts with the purpose to solve the problems of the study. The reercher uses Objective
approach bfocused on literary works itself, the objective approach views something, which
stands free from the author’s, audience, and environment. This approach tends to explain the
literature on complexity, coherence, balance, intregitas, and interconnected between the
elements that make up the literature. The approach used was objective approach that was to
analyze on the Maher Zain’s song lyric “For the Rest of My Life” because the researcher want
to analyze the contents of its song lyric with emphasize on the message and much concern with
its object itself, in this case Maher Zain lyric songs only. The object of this study was Maher
Zain’s song lyric “For the Rest of My Life“ which is the reseach focused on the message song
lyric that represented the purpose of this analysis. The instruments tht usto analyze the song
that was the researcher herself. The data were collected are `a) Listening Maher Zain’s song
“For the Rest of My Life” b) Reading and understanding Maher Zain’s song lyric ”For the Rest
of My more than once. c) Choosing the data that were suitable with the problems that would
be analyzed. d)Selecting the data suitable with the problems. After collecting the data, the
researcher analyzed the data based on the steps as follow: a) Reviewing the data which were
collected, b) Indentifying lyric, meanings (detail meaning and general meaning), and messages
that found related to the study. c) Identified previous study and make a comparison. d) Drawing
conclusion based on the finding data analysis and making suggestion.

3. RESULT AND DISCUSSION


Based on the data analyzis , the researcher can summarizethe result as follows :
Kinds of Meanings
General Meaning

The general meaning that describes about praise by the songwriter’s to God which has been
found his true love. The tittle of the song “For the rest of My life” represents about the
songwriter’s feelings that is full of love to his wife. This song describes about someone that
really loves his wife. He promises to his wife to care of and honest until the end of time. He is
very gateful to God because he finds a true love. He never stops praying and hoping that God
will always bless them. He realizes that his wife is his power. He hopes that his love will be
eternally and they will be together in paradise.

Detail Meaning

In the first stanza the researcher concludes that Maher Zain’s song lyric “For the Rest of My
Life” talks about love theme which is about someone that praise to his God because he has
found the woman that loves him so much and to accompany him until the end of time. He wants
his wife to know that he really loves her.

In the second stanza the researcher concludes about the promises of the songwriter’s. He
promises to his wife that he will be always loves her. He convince to his wife that he really
loves her and promise will always accompany her until the end of time. He will always together
with his wife in the sad or happy situation. He always never stops to grateful to God because
his life is more meaningful and colorful since he meets his wife.

In the third stanza concludes that expressing about feeling of the songwriter’s which he is very
happy besides his wife. For him his wife is his life. Besides his wife he feels so strong, happy,
and his life more meaningful.

In the fifth stanza the researcher concludes that in deep in his heart the writer is very happy
because he lives together with his wife as a couple of marriage and he wants always together
with her. He wants to show around the world that he loves his wife forever.
4.1.3 Messages of Maher Zain’s song lyric”For the Rest of My Life”
After identifying general meaning, and detail meaning the researcher wants to discuss
the messages of Maher Zain’s song lyric ”For The Rest of My Life”, as follows:
The researcher finds the moral Message in the Maher Zain’s song lyric “For the Rest of My
Life” that is describes about the songwriter’s is very love and respect to his wife. The
songwriter’s hopes that songs will made all a man will respect and loves his wife and doesn’t
made his wife hurt. He hopes that this song can be an inspiration to all a man in the world to
respect in the treat of the woman. This song is also contains of religious message because, in
that song there are relationship between God and human. It shows in lyric “And I ask Allah to
bless all we do” (in the third stanza line 3), “And I pray we’re together in Jannah” (third
stanza line 5). The concludes of the message of the lyrics above is the songwriter using song
as a religious proselytizing to the listener which this songs is explain to all people around the
world to create peaces and loves each other. In another message as a human should be always
grateful to Allah about what are we get. This song also invite the people around the world to
near to his God. The social message in that song which is this song not only delivery for
husband to his wife, but this song is for children to her/him parents to be more respect and
loves their parents, and for all people around the world. This song is expected to create a love
and delivered the massage of the piece in the world. Therefore, there will be no more wars
which happen and all the people around the world live their life in unison.

Discussion
For the discussion of the findings, the researcher finds the general meaning, detail
meaning and the messages of Maher Zain’s song Lyric “for The Rest of My Life”. The related
data are obtained by correlating between the types of meaning and the kinds of messages based
on the Pateda, Alexander and Nurgiyantoro theories.
According to Pateda (2001), general meaning is the meaning that concerns all of them
not concern to especially.
The detailed meaning According to Alexander (as cited in Ibadillah 2004), by knowing
the detail meaning the reader will understand and easy to know the “hidden meaning” in a
poem.
While Nurgiyantoro (2013) explains ‘message’ is a lesson that is delivered by author to
the audience such as: reader, listener about the meanings of literary work to tell a story.
Maher Zain creates the song “For the Rest of My life” based on the real life experiences
which is this song is a prize for his wife. This song also has differences with “Insya Allah”
song or another song on Thank you Allah album compares from the previous researchers.
Based on the previous research, by Arifianto (2013), about an analyze of Maher Zain’s
song lyric “Insyallah”, there is general meaning that can be found in the lyric of it. It described
about asking help to the God in order to get a way out all of the problems that faced by the
people particulary for the poet himself. The detail meaning described about the griefe situation.
The song is about religious theme. Howefer, he only analyzed the messages of the song in
general meaning without including about moral or social. Meanwhile, the religious messages
is not clear enough for the reader. Another previous research, Septiana Dwi (2012) describes
about “analisa pesan dakwah” or an analyze of religious proselytizing on Islam perspective in
Maher Zain’s song lyric “Insya Allah”. Howefer, she analyzed the messages of the song in
religion message only without including others aspects such as: general meaning and social
meaning. In this case, the researcher chose the song “For the Rest of My Life” as the research
because this song contained more messages and more qualities, they are: (1) based on personal
experience of the singer, (2) contained moral, religious, also social messages, and (3) contained
personal message from the singer (as the song writer) to his wife. In other words, this song was
a message from servant to their Creator or God and also the message for human relations.
Moreover, the music arrangement of “The Rest of My Life” was easy listening, so the listeners
feel it as happened in their own real life experiences.

4. CONCLUSION
Based on the study the researcher finds the result of research that is the general meaning
that describes about love of the songwriter’s which he very loves his wife so much. He praise
to his God because he finds his wife that has changed his life more colourful. He promise to
his wife will always love her until the end of time. He will always guide her. He feels so glad
when he together with his wife. He hopes that God blessed his. He hopes that his love will
always enternally until in the paradise. for him, his wife is his life, friendship, and source of
the life. and he will always love her forever.

The detail meaning of “For the Rest of My Life” is describes about praise, promises,
eternally of the songwriter’s. The messages of Maher Zain’s song lyric “For the Rest of My
Life”. Moral Message that is describes about the writer is very respect to his wife. The
songwriter’s hopes that songs will made a man will respect to woman and doesn’t made his
wife hurt because every a man should be respect in the treat the woman, Religious Message
describes hopes which is he prays to Allah and wish that his love is an immortal and will always
together in the paradise, and the Social Message this song not only delivery for husband to his
wife or children to her/him parents, but also for all people around the world. This song is
expected to create a love and delivered the massage of the piece in the world. Therefore, there
will be no more wars which happen and all the people around the world live their life in unison.

5.2 SUGGESTION
Based on the result of object of the research of Maher Zain’s song lyric “For the Rest
of My Life” is expected will be used as media to motivate the students expecially in students
of English department to analyzes and reading literary work. The researcher is also expect that
the students should have large understanding in analyzing of literary work deeply.

For the Lecturer, the researcher expect that the lecturer of literature expecially poetry.
When the lecturer teach poetry they should giving more kinds of materi that related with the
poetry. It’s aims to the students more understand about literature or poetry.

Besides, it’s also expect that this analysis can be applied as one of the refferences in
analyzing aspects of poem or song lyric especially its meanings, and messages.

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