Some Favourite Lyrics

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Inspired by a recent post by the Music Enthusiast, (link to his blog here: https://musicenthusiast.net/) I decided to pick out some of my all-time favourite lyrics – some are humorous, some are cynical, some are beautiful, some are pot-induced and all are fantastic. Who says poetry can’t be musical?

Paul Simon: Graceland – Best ever lyric about America?
The Mississippi Delta was shining
Like a National guitar
I am following the river
Down the highway
Through the cradle of the civil war.

 

Bob Dylan: Tangled Up in Blue – Some sneaky existential relationship metaphors from America’s national bard…
She was married when we first met
Soon to be divorced
I helped her out of a jam, I guess
But I used a little too much force
We drove that car as far as we could
Abandoned it out West
Split up on a dark sad night
Both agreeing it was best.

Joni Mitchell: A Case of You – One of the greatest love songs ever written.
On the back of a cartoon coaster
In the blue TV screen light
I drew a map of Canada
Oh Canada
With your face sketched on it twice.

The Rolling Stones: Rocks Off – How to sum up rock ‘n’ roll in one lyric from the Stones’ ‘fagged out masterpiece’.
The sunshine bores the daylights out of me.
Chasing shadows moonlight mystery.
Headed for the overload,
Splattered on the dirty road,
Kick me like you’ve kicked before,
I can’t even feel the pain no more.

Neil Young: Pocahontas – 1979 Acid Western starring Marlon Brando and Neil Young on a journey through America’s past, present and future. Rolling Stone says ‘Five stars!’.
And maybe Marlon Brando
Will be there by the fire
We’ll sit and talk of Hollywood
And the good things there for hire
And the Astrodome
and the first tepee
Marlon Brando, Pocahontas and me.

 

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One thought on “Some Favourite Lyrics

  1. Hey, thanks for the plug. Now onto the lyrics. Three of the songs – Rocks Off, Graceland and Tangled up in Blue – I know well and could hardly disagree. All of the songwriters you mention are in my own personal ‘Songwriter Hall of Fame,’ with Simon and Dylan part of the Top Three. (Two guys from Liverpool filling out the roster).

    I just listened to ‘Case of You’ and yes, great tune. Bittersweet. Did you know Prince (like so many rockers) was a big Joni fan? He thought she was a total genius and in fact, covered this very song.

    And the one song that I was totally unfamiliar with was ‘Pocahontas.’ I was wondering what the hell Marlon Brando had to do with it. But then I recalled that he once turned down an Oscar to protest treatment of Native Americans in film. Minus a better explanation, I’ll go with that. Good list. Thanks.

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