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…
Lyric wise I have to say that Keith Anderson's Adaleine gets me
"First naked lady I ever saw was that tattoo on my uncle's arm"
That song is so sweet and sad.
Also Hal Ketchum's Small Town Saturday Night
"Lucy you know the world must be flat
'Cause when people leave town they never come back"
That song always made me think of my hometown, it's tiny and amazing
yet if you leave you'll probably only be back for a quick visit
Sweethearts of the Rodeo Midnight Girl in a Sunset Town
"Knew everyone from miles around we'd lived here all our lives"
Reminds me of me. Love that small town you grew up in but it's just not for you
Kansas Carry On Wayward Son
"Carry on my wayward son there'll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest don't you cry no more"
I first heard this on the tv show "Supernatural" and for some odd reason, I just love it!
The Kingston Trio Everglades
"He was born and raised around Jacksonville
A nice young man not the kind to kill
But a jealous fight and flashing blade sent him on the run
Through the everglades
well the posse went in and they came back out
They said he'll die and there ain't no doubt
It's an eye for an eye so the debt it paid
He won't last long in the everglades
But now and then the natives would say they seen him
a-runnin through the everglades"
That's not in order lyrics just some hand picked favorites but while I know other bands do this song, my old dead dude do it best (I'm pretty sure all but one of The Kingston Trio is dead, they may all be I know the Kingston Trio touring now is not any of the "original memebers")