But, enough about books … Other things have words, too, right? Like … songs!
If you’re anything like me, there are songs that you love because of their lyrics; writers you admire because their songs have depth, meaning, or just a sheer playfulness that has nothing to do with the tunes.
So, today’s question?
- What songs … either specific songs, or songs in general by a specific group or writer … have words that you love?
- And … do the tunes that go with the fantastic lyrics live up to them?
You don’t have to restrict yourself to modern songsters, either … anyone who wants to pick Gilbert & Sullivan, for example, is just fine with me. Lerner & Loewe? Steven Sondheim? Barenaked Ladies? Fountains of Wayne? The Beatles? Anyone at all…First, a rant (oh joy, you say), this has been bothering me for some time. There is an ad on the radio for a local station that bugs me. Essentially, it says if you like Air Supply (or some other Easy Listening band), "go read a book" but if you like Led Zeppelin and riding your Harley then listen to them. It's a Class Rock station. It annoys me! It's offensive. Like you can't possibly read and listen to rock. You are stupid if you listen to rock. Way to connect with your audience. Not to mention the guys in Led Zeppelin were big readers and had references to books in their songs. My husband has had to patiently listen to me rant on every time the ad comes on, so now, lucky you, you get to read all about it.
That really has nothing to do with this week's BTT but I needed to get it off my chest. I have pretty eclectic taste and will listen to just about anything (except country and rap). Lyrics are a part of why I like a song (Though there's nothing wrong with, "We've got the beat. We've got the beat, we've got the beat. Yeah! We've got the beat.") There's some great writing in the songs of Heart, U2, Cheryl Crow, K-OS, Sarah McLauchlin and the already mentioned Led Zeppelin.
I like songs that tell a story like The Boxer by Simon and Garfunkel:
In the company of strangers
In the quiet of the railway station, runnin scared
Laying low, seeking out the poorer quarters, where the ragged people go
Looking for the places only they would know
Or tell a story and make me laugh like The Mermaid by Great Big Sea:
So I sang to the clams and the whales
"Oh, how I miss her seaweed hair
And the silver shine of her scales
But then her sister, she swam by
And set my heart awhirl
Cause her upper part was an ugly fish
But her bottom part was a girl
Of course, then there are songs that are completely nonsensical. Manfred Mann's Blinded by the Light was on the radio the other day and I said to my husband, "It's just a bunch of nonsense words, isn't it?" "Yep." But it sure is catchy:
Indians in the summer with a teenage diplomat
In the dumps with the mumps as the adolescent pumps his way into his hat
With a boulder on my shoulder, feelin' kinda older,
I tripped the merry-go-round
With this very unpleasin', sneezin' and wheezin,
the calliope crashed to the ground
I hate Stickwitu by the Pussycat Dolls though because Stickwitu is not a word!!!
Anyway I'll leave you with some lyrics from Born to Run by K-OS, just cause I like it:
When we fell in love with the sound
Of the birds and all the ocean likes
And the gravity pulling us down