One Direction is an English-Irish boy band. Their musical ANTECEDENTS
(forerunners) are the Backstreet Boys and NSync. Since they were first
discovered by Simon Cowell in 2010, the group has had a METEORIC (very
rapid) rise to the top of the pop charts. Here is an SAT analysis of their now
classic hit song, “One Thing.”

“I’ve tried playing it cool
But when I’m looking at you
I can never be brave
Cause you make my heart race.”

The song is about an unnamed but BEGUILING
(very attractive and tempting) girl. She has
totally CAPTURED (got a hold on) the guy’s hearts.
How can they resist? They can’t. The guys of One
Direction have totally SUCCUMBED (given in) to the
BEGUILING girl’s irresistible charm.

“Shot me out of the sky
You’re my Kryptonite.
You keep making me weak,
Yeah, frozen and can’t breathe.”

The guys of One Direction use a clever
METAPHOR comparing the girl to
Kryptonite. It is clear that One Direction
faces a real CONUNDRUM (predicament).
The girl has shattered their emotional
defenses. They can’t live without the ELUSIVE
(hard to capture) but ALLURING (enticing)
girl. What will they do?

“Some things gotta get loud
Cause I’m dying just to make you see
That I need you, hear with me now
Cause you’ve got that one thing.”

The can’t resist the girl because she has the
X-Factor – an INTANGIBLE (elusive and can’t be
exactly touched) but real presence that they can’t resist.

“So get out, get out, get out of my head
And fall into my arms instead.
I don’t, I don’t, don’t know what it is
But I need that one thing.
And you’ve got that one thing.”

It is clear that the girl has made an INDELIBLE
(can’t be removed) impression on the guys. Will the
guys succeed in winning her heart? Or will their
efforts be FUTILE (doomed to fail)? Stay tuned to
find out what happens!

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