Thursday, 15 January 2009

BTT - Sing! Sing a song

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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?
* Why?
* 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…



Great idea as I have certain songs that remind me of books I've read or inspired things I've written; I could do an epic post but I shall restrict myself to three.

Defying Gravity from the Wicked soundtrack.

Something has changed within me.
Something is not the same.
I'm through with playing by the rules of someone elses game.
Too late for second-guessing.
Too late to go back to sleep!
It's time to trust my instincs.
Close my eyes, and leap!
It's time to try defying gravity


I love the whole song but the above lines are my favourites. I really like the idea of trusting yourself and striving for something, even if you might not get it.

Coldplay Vive la Vida

One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand


It doesn't make a whole lot of sense but I love the rhythm of this song and it also inspired my NaNoWriMo story, so it had to be here.

Orbiting- The Weepies

And I'm out of your range
Now it's kind of strange
How we change orbit in our lives
You were kind of a moon outside of my room
I could just feel you nearby
Now I feel you gone
'Cause I know which side you're on
And it's not mine

I walk the line between now and then
It's deep-sea diving with no oxygen
Guess I went somewhere to hide
Far behind my eyes
I willed you there to see
But you never came for me


I love all the Weepies songs they write amazing lyrics but I think the words to this one are just beautiful, especially the line "It's deep sea diving with no oxygen.


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8 comments:

  1. Ooh, I love Defying Gravity and Viva La Vida - don't know much about The Weepies!

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  2. But Coldplay always makes sense.. :) Love it, too..

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  3. Wicked is a great soundtrack. I like Coldplay, too. My favorite of theirs is Clocks.

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  4. Love all of these lyrics - will search out these tunes ;0)

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  5. I adore the Wicked soundtrack, especially Defying Gravity!

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  6. Hi!
    I like the words to these songs. I'll have to look them up so I can listen to the music. Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great day!!

    Sherrie

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  7. Hmmm, this one is tough. And I'm not sure I understand the whole BTT thing. I'm retarded.

    I usually like music because of the beat, the sound of the singer's voice, and sometimes the lyrics. I think some of my favorite lyrics belong to Jack Johnson. One of the sweetest is "Angel" :

    I've got an angel
    She doesn't wear any wings
    She wears a heart that can melt my own
    She wears a smile that can make me wanna sing
    She gives me presents
    With her presence alone
    She gives me everything I could wish for
    She gives me kisses on the lips just for coming home

    She could make angels
    I've seen it with my own eyes
    You gotta be careful when you've got good love
    Cause the angels will just keep on multiplying

    But you're so busy changing the world
    Just one smile and you can change all of mine
    We share the same soul
    Oh oh oh ohhh
    We Share the same soul
    Oh oh oh ohhh
    We Share the same soul
    Oh oh oh ohhh
    Oh oh oh ohhh
    Umm umm umm uhhhhhhmm

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