Songs That Are Poems, Poems That Are Songs Meme

You would think, it would be easy to list five songs that you deem poetic in their lyrical style. However, knowing me, it didn’t take much time at all for my thoughts to be flooded with countless choices. And, it has since become a chore narrowing it down to such a stifling number.

But thanks to Selma, nonetheless, for tagging me to do this meme. I thought it was an interesting one, if only to challenge myself to really think. So, here’s what I came up with. And, I better write them down quick, before I change my mind. Again.

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Blackbird – The Beatles
There’s no way for me to think of music without the Beatles being mixed in there, in some way. I was going to choose Helter Skelter, at first. But then, I thought of Eleanor Rigby, too. And then, Come Together. And then, The Fool on the Hill. And then… oh, stop, Chris. Pick one and move on. Okay, I did.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free

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Hurt – Nine Inch Nails
I thought, this song already stands proudly on its own. But, if Johnny Cash decides he wants to cover it in his own record, it makes it all the more valid as poetry. In my book, anyway.

I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
The only thing that’s real
The needle tears a hole
The old familiar sting
Try to kill it all away
But I remember everything

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Echoes – Pink Floyd
Can you say Duet Poetry? It’s the only one I can name from their repertoire that has Gilmour and Wright singing together. A gorgeous combination, I think. Anyhow, most, if not all of their songs can pass as poetry, really. I just have to pick one that stands out to me, right away. I think, David Gilmour’s writing/singing is just as mesmerizing as his guitar licks, which I fondly call… Strat poetry.

Overhead the albatross
Hangs motionless upon the air
And deep beneath the rolling waves
In labyrinths of coral caves
An echo of a distant time
Comes willowing across the sand
And everything is green and submarine

Okay, the song is about 18 minutes long, I think. It’s divided into two parts. If you’re so inclined, here’s part two. And, if you’re a hardcore fan, like I am (hey, I own this Video), it’s worth every minute.

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The Rain Song – Led Zeppelin
I was able to narrow it down to the songs from Houses of the Holy. It was tough, but like I said, I had to pick one and move on. The way Robert Plant is singing this song is almost like he’s reading prose on top of an epic film score. Simply beautiful.

These are the seasons of emotion
Like the winds they rise and fall
This is the wonder of devotion
I see the torch we all must hold.
This is the mystery of the quotient
Upon us a little rain must fall

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Saturday Night Special – Lynyrd Skynyrd
In the spirit of my having spent a time of my life in the Southern USA, I can’t deny the influence its distinct culture had on me. This is hick poetry at its finest, bub. I still love it because it’s real. Crude, but real.

Two feet they come-a-creepin’
Like a black cat do
And two bodies-a-layin’ naked
Creeper think he got nothin’ to lose
So he creeps into this-a-house and
Unlocks the door
And as a man’s reachin’ for his trousers
Shoots him full of-a-thirty-eight holes

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There you have it. Whew! Adding a few hundred more could’ve been much easier, probably. But, oh well…

Now, it’s my turn to tag… he he he!!! Bekki, Hermi, Chris, Tracie? Are you there? You’re it!!!

4 thoughts on “Songs That Are Poems, Poems That Are Songs Meme

  1. Thanks for playing, Chris. Fantastic choices. You and my husband would get on so well – your taste in music is so similar. Love the Nine Inch Nails song. One of my faves. And who doesn’t love Blackbird? That was the song that definitively got me into finger-picking. I enjoyed all your selections so much!

    No, thank you. You know I’d enjoy this. Like you said, they’re just a list of songs with poetic sensibilities in my opinion, not necessarily my favorites. But of course, I love all of them, just the same.

  2. When speaking of poetic lyrics, you can’t leave out REM – here’s one of my all-time favorites –

    Believe me, dude! A lot has been painfully left out!

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