I am a sucker for lyrics. I love the music in a song, don’t get me wrong. The melody, the structure, unique instrumentation…but lyrics are what I come back to. Like anything in life, it is not universal, but I pay attention to what the song is saying, and often will fall in love with a song just based upon lyrics alone. For this entry into the Sandy Beats, I am going to highlight a few songs with lyrics that have particularly struck me.
First up is a new song. I don’t have the confidence that @Begt has listened to this song as she tends to avoid the subject when I bring it up…Folk Trio The Lumineers hit it big a few years back with “Ho Hey”. The song was everywhere. Just this year they released their first two singles from their forthcoming Cleopatra. The first single released “Ophelia” made me forget that we had been waiting almost 4 years for a new song. Their second single, the namesake for the album, “Cleopatra” has made it clear to me that the 4 years was worth it.
The lyrics that are particularly impactful for me are near the end of the song:
“But I was late for this, late for that, late for the love of my life
And when I die alone, when I die alone, when I die I’ll be on time
And the only gifts from my Lord were a birth and a divorce
But I’ve read this script and the costume fits, so I’ll play my part”
I am not one to interpret lyrics as I think they mean something different to the listener, so there you have it.
As you may have noticed from my first post of the year, the band I am listening to the most so far in 2016 is The Strumbellas . Their lyrics just hit me. Their second single off of the forthcoming Hope is no different. In “Shovels and Dirt” the Strumbellas once again address mortality with the lyrics:
” Well it ain’t worth living if you don’t get hurt
I got a head full of darkness and darkness is good
cuz’ if we all die young and the we don’t get hurt”
Finally, NYC based Sharon Van Etten has proven to be a good soundtrack for me for the last few years. One of the songs from Tramp called “We Are Fine” has been one of my favorites since I first heard it.
“It’s okay to feel
Everything is real
Nothing left to steal
‘Cause we’re alright, we’re alright”
I’ve listened to a few live versions as well as the recorded version many times. Her emotion seems to come out each and every time.
What are some of your favorite lyrics?