Sunday, September 27, 2009

Suzanne's Soundtrack Sunday

This week, my friend Dan put up yet another video on Facebook that made me think of this week's topic: excellent lyrics.

It sprung to mind, thanks to Steely Dan's 'Reeling in the Years', a song I've always enjoyed. As it is with many songs by Fagen and Becker, the turn of phrase is sometimes what grabs me first. Best line in the song "You've been telling me you're a genius since you were 17, In all the years I've known you I still don't know what that means."

Sometimes, an artist has great abilities to write music, but the lyrics make you go WTH? Springsteen and McCartney as the prime examples of this phenomenon. Some artists write so-so words in an effort to fit the melody.

I don't know if the lyrics I consider the best are because they spoke of something I can relate to, or they're witty or cunning or if the words are really that brilliant. Suffice to say a good song can be considered excellent by the addition of those well written lyrics.

How about you? What lyrics do you find compelling?

4 People talked back:

songbird's crazy world said...

different lyrics hit me at various times. right now this song seems a propos:

The long and winding road
That leads to your door
Will never disappear
Ive seen that road before
It always leads me her
Lead me to you door

The wild and windy night
That the rain washed away
Has left a pool of tears
Crying for the day
Why leave me standing here
Let me know the way

Many times Ive been alone
And many times Ive cried
Any way you'll never know
The many ways I've tried

But still they lead me back
To the long winding road
You left me standing here
A long long time ago
Don't leave me waiting here
Lead me to your door

But still they lead me back
To the long winding road
You left me standing here
A long long time ago
Don't leave me waiting here
Lead me to your door
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Suzanne said...

One of the instances where Macca got lyrics right. I never thought about it, but those words fit your situation perfectly. Mazel Tov. :D

LceeL said...

I always found Harry Chapin's lyrics and music to be evocative. "Cat's in the Cradle" was among his best. And "Taxi".

songbird's crazy world said...

love harry chapin, saw him in concert several times.