Do you ever listen to them? and have any meant anything to you...such as describing something happening in your life or maybe even making you feel better - or worse - during life events?
Country Joe MacDonald put some poems of Robert W Service to music which I found interesting and relevant at one time.
Any song that opens its lyrics with "My father cut his toe off - in a rotary lawn mower" is always going to stay firmly planted in your mind - even 47 years later. Well, in my case it has though I can't tell you what it reminds me of or I'd have to kill you.
The second verse continues, "My mother faked a suicide - because she found a tale tale sign of puberty upon the sheets."
And the chorus is just delightful. "We're just an ordinary family - with the usual calamities".
It's actually a wonderful little song. Very witty, very clever and also very poignant and, with regards to sexuality, morals and being a song of hope or a bit of wisdom, it is way, way ahead of its time.
There are several unique verses but here are a few of them.
When I become a married man
With children of my very own
Will I lay my inhibitions on
And criticise their sexuality?
Will I use them to protect respect?
Will I try to own them flesh and bone?
Or will I be their equal friend?
Encouraging their new ideas?
For the future lies within their hands
And the salvation of all these lands
Yes, the ordinary family
Is the only way to set us free.
Play it now on Youtube. I promise it will cheer and lift your heart. :-)
Donovan's "The Ordinary Family".
Whilst reading this the song maneater played on radio, and all I thought was
Ah back in the day eh? Lol lol lol
Generally speaking, the lyrics that one hears these days, seem to be a mixture of bragging, inarticulacy, moronic chanting etc. However, there are exceptions to every rule, one thinks. The new Sparks album, for example.
It all made much more sense when songs had words instead of lyrics.
I'm rather fond of Screamin' Jay Hawkins, a lovely little ditty called "Constipation Blues"
Let it go! Let it go! Let it go! Let it go!
I don't believe I can take much more
Let it go
Got a pain down inside
Won't be denied
Yeah, every time I try
I can't be satisfied
Let it go!
Let it, let it go!
This pain down inside
Just won't let me be satisfied
Let it go!
Yes, Terry I do listen to lyrics IF I can understand them. Some are so guzzled I have trouble figuring them out, so I don't try.
A song that means a lot to me and reflects so closely my own life with the "A---hole" I lived with for far too long is :
All The Lies That You Told Me
Go listen on utube.
I believe every love song relates to someone's life and love experience. Doesn't matter what it's about, someone somewhere will have had just that experience.