Love Those Lyrics


Those of you who have been reading my posts since my blog launched know that I love to write, and that I also enjoy reading the words of others.  One thing I haven’t mentioned thus far, where the written word is concerned, is the link between writing and music: lyrics.  I would be incredibly remiss if I didn’t touch on music and lyrics as they relate to both writing and the human experience.  After all, some of the most life-changing, stirring, and heart-wrenching words were first written and then sung.

Emotional & Transportational

Songs are incredible things.  Not only can they change a mood (for better or for worse), they can intensify the mood I’m already in.  A song can make your happiness shine like sunbeams, another can pound a thousand rusty nails into your already-broken heart.

Songs are also audible time machines that can transport us back to when they were first released or were otherwise significant in our lives.  My first memory is actually a perfect example of this.  I was two or three years old, and I remember watching my mom make the bed while Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” filled the air with sound.  Mr. Simon’s lyrics are part of my personal history, woven into the tapestry of my life.

Long Story Short?

I could go on and on about music, lyrics and songs.  Instead I’m going to list some of my favorite songs in a few random categories I’ve created, and will let these lyric-filled songs speak for themselves.  Straight from my iPod to this blog…


Breathless – The Corrs
Closer to Fine – Indigo Girls
Fireflies – Owl City
Forca – Nelly Furtado
Let My Love Open the Door – Pete Townshend
Where the Streets Have No Name – U2

Let’s Rock

Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz
I Love Rock ‘n Roll – Joan Jett
Paint it Black – The Rolling Stones
Rock the Casbah – The Clash
When the Lights Go Out – The Black Keys
Rock Steady – Bonnie Raitt

Emotional Complications

Fighter – Christina Aguilera
Ghost – Indigo Girls
House of Cards – Mary Chapin Carpenter
If I Can’t Have You – Yvonne Elliman
Piece of My Heart – Melissa Etheridge
Where Did You Go? – Jets Overhead

Classic Tunes

Band of Gold – Kimberly Locke
Forever in Blue Jeans – Neil Diamond
(i can’t get no) satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
Let Her Dance – The Bobby Fuller Four
Let the Music Play – Shannon
Let’s Groove – Earth, Wind & Fire

Bring on the Tears/Melancholy

Because of You – Kelly Clarkson
Dance With My Father – Luther Vandross
Send Me a Song – Celtic Woman (happy-ish tears)
It Only Hurts When I’m Breathing – Shania Twain
Breathe (2AM) – Anna Nalick
Fast Car – Tracy Chapman

Just Love ‘Em!

Orinoco Flow – Enya  (I miss you, Aunt Bobby!)
I’m on My Way – The Proclaimers
Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
Kind & Generous – Natalie Merchant
Minnow and the Trout – A Fine Frenzy
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley

Which songs can lift your spirits or bring you to tears, dear readers?  Can music and lyrics instantly transport you back to a significant moment in your life?  Do you have a few songs you’d like to share that would fit into the categories above?  Please post a comment and share.  I’d love to hear about the lyrics that you love – the words have that have been woven into the tapestry of your life…

Warm regards,

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  1. Posted October 26, 2010 at 9:16 am by Terry | Permalink

    Well I don’t know if your “comments” section allows enough room for me to post all I want to say on this subject. I’m right there with you on the subject of lyrics – and the list of songs you shared had some of the same songs I’d list there too. I’ll give you one for each category:
    Upbeat: “Babylon” – David Gray
    Let’s Rock: “Love Removal Machine” – The Cult
    Emotional Complications: “I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying” – Sting
    Classic Tunes: “Keep the Customer Satisfied” – Simon & Garfunkel
    Bring on the Tears / Melancholy: “Not Even the Trees” – Hootie & the Blowfish (I know, but trust me)
    Just Love ‘Em: “One” – U2 (which could fit into at least 3 of the above categories)
    Wow, I realize that it’s almost impossible to select just 1 song for each of the above – I could list dozens. Excellent topic today, thanks for it!

  2. Posted October 26, 2010 at 10:59 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Hi Terry,
    You’re very welcome. Thank you for sharing the songs above. I’ll be sure to check out those I’m not familiar with!

  3. Posted October 27, 2010 at 12:41 pm by Beth Nielsen | Permalink

    Don’t forget what we went to sing along with last night! ;o)

  4. Posted October 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Hi Beth,
    Don’t worry, I’m not leaving The Sound of Music out. I’m planning on doing a “some favorite songs from musicals” post in the future…

  5. Posted October 28, 2010 at 3:37 am by Doreen | Permalink

    anything written by Leonard Cohen.. the man is brilliant.

  6. Posted October 28, 2010 at 10:01 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Hi Doreen,
    I love Mr. Cohen’s song “Hallelujah”!

  7. Posted October 30, 2010 at 2:04 pm by Christina | Permalink

    When I was little we called a friend of my grandmother Aunt Neva, and I’ve never heard that name again. They were born around 1890, so I guess it’s a very old-fashioned name. My current upbeat favorite is “You Make Me Smile” by Uncle Cracker. Also love “Want to Make a Memory” by Bon Jovi. Nice post!!

  8. Posted October 30, 2010 at 9:14 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Hi Christina,
    Thank you! I’ll be sure to check out the Uncle Cracker song. I’m not familiar with that one…
    I actually have an Aunt Neva, too, since my mom’s sister was named after my grandmother – but with a different middle name.