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Deeper Meaning of "Fly Me to the Moon" in the Squid Game

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What do lyrics mean?

"Fly Me to the Moon" was written by Bart Howard in 1954 as a slow waltz. While a variety of singers released recordings in the following years, the song is mainly associated with Frank Sinatra. Frank Sinatra's 1964 recording of "Fly Me to the Moon" even became closely associated with NASA's Apollo space program. A copy of the song was played on the Apollo 10 mission, which orbited the Moon and also on Apollo 11 before the first landing on the Moon. More recently, Diana Krall sang this song in 2009 on the 40th anniversary of the moon landing and again in 2012 at the memorial service for Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong. "Fly Me to the Moon" was also used in films like Wall Street, Space Cowboys, Once Around and Bridget Jones's Diary. For Sinatra, "Fly Me to the Moon" is centred on the singer being deeply in love. And the title is a metaphor based on how he feels about his significant other.

As these expels imply, "Fly Me to the Moon" may be related to travelling to another planet, falling in love, or various other things. I find the song to have considerably darker and deeper undertones, just like Squid Game. I could argue that the title of "Fly Me to the Moon" is a metaphor for wealth rather than a love song. Take me to the Moon is a phrase that is used a lot in today's society. For instance, individuals frequently use this word, which denotes a firm conviction that the value of a certain cryptocurrency will shortly increase dramatically. In addition, if we pay more attention to the lyrics;

"Fly me to the Moon!

Let me play among the stars.

Let me see what springs like on Jupiter and Mars!"

In my opinion, the author of these statements wrote them intending to become wealthy and move up the social scale. "Let me play among the stars" is a poetic way to refer to people who are of higher stature, and he aspired to be one of them. He wanted to know how his life would be when he reached Jupiter and Mars; in other words, these two planets could be interpreted as being above other people.

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Green Light/Red Light

That being said, "Fly Me to the Moon" is played two times in the show. I'll explain how they both have different meanings in this review. The song is perfectly layered in the scenes, providing hints about Front Man and evoking the competitive spirit of participants. The music soundtrack first appears in the Green Light/Red Light game at the very end of Episode 1. In this episode, we witness participants who are about to compete in the game. They were living under high pressure in a large number of depts in their real life. The main prize is their common driving force. They want to travel to the Moon, in other terms. They are, in fact, unaware of what is about to happen to them when the Green Light - Red Light game starts, just as we are. The director instantly establishes the show's tone as the sequence progresses; characters begin to die, underscoring the idea that not everyone will succeed in reaching the Moon. The director used an overhead perspective to emphasise the randomness in the game in the beginning. That's where the "Fly Me to the Moon" song enters the sequence as the director takes a close view of deaths occurring during the game, just after the tone has been created and we have seen the danger of the game. Two things make the music important in this sequence. As their primary objective is the same, it mirrors the players' motivation in the first place. Everyone desires to travel to the Moon. They aim, in other words, to achieve greater status in society. Second, it emphasises that not all of them will succeed on the journey because flying to the Moon will be a risky endeavour.


Kang Sae-byeok's Death

In the final moments of Episode 8, when Kang Sae-byeok (Hoyeon) passed away, "Fly Me to the Moon" can be heard playing again. While the filmmaker captures random people in the Green Light - Red Light Game with music in Episode 1, he emphasises a specific person through Kang Sae-byeok at the end of Episode 8. As the music plays, we witness pink soldiers placing Sae-byeok's corpse in compressed coal. We see Sae-byeok's corpse burning, accompanied by the song. As we observe the fire, the camera remains there for a while. We recall her on-screen trip as we witness her burning. The music serves as a reminder of her motive for conveying the idea that she was among those who failed on the way to the Moon.


Front Man

And Front Man… "Fly Me To The Moon" is also associated with the Front Man. Indeed, the very first time the music appears in Episode 1, we see Front Man starting the music. Additionally, when we first see the Front Man, we have no idea who he is or where he comes from. In fact, even before we know who he is, the music brilliantly illustrates his character development early on. Later, we find out that the Front Man was one of the Squid Game winners. Even though we are clueless in this scene, the song gives us hints by paralleling Front Man and current participants who compete in the game.


Life on Jupiter and Mars

This song is performed at the very end of Episode 8, as previously indicated. Because his past is explored in this episode, it is titled "Front Man." The police officer Hwang Jun-ho discovers that his brother is one of the Squid Game winners, as we saw in the earlier episodes. Jun-ho intends to report the games to the police after knowing this. The Front Man pursues him as he attempts to leave the island. However, Front Man discovers Jun-ho and removes his mask, exposing his real identity. When he extends his hand to his brother, Jun-ho refuses it and asks the Front Man, "Why?" Then, Front Man started firing at his brother's soldiers. In the later scene, we see Front Man looking in the mirror and noticing his brother's reflection, asking him once more, "Why?" The music enters at this point and provides an explanation for the why. The message that there is a cost associated with travelling to the Moon is emphasised by the song "Fly Me To The Moon." Even getting there is not enough; you must continue to pay the price. You might even abandon people you love. The song also explains what springs on Jupiter and Mars are like. That's how it works there; you have to keep paying the price to protect your position.


It was a brilliant choice of music, and I love how 'Fly Me To The Moon contributed to the show's meaning. These are profound meanings, and the music really worked well in the front. I won't go into too much depth about the show's critique of capitalism, but the movie might potentially be seen in reference to capitalism. However, I believe that the Squid Game draws on capitalism, which is sort of a dog-eat-dog environment.

© 2022 John Londoner

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