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Insightful Lyrics in Everyday Songs

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:39 am
by Petra
Sometimes I listen to everyday songs and find myself amazed by some of the insightful lyrics in them, although the rest of the song usually goes on in a way that seems to miss the point.

My latest example of this is the song 'Torn'. I was reading a piece in 'A New Earth' during my break time in work (about the ego and how it creates a false self), while the radio was playing the version of this song, sung by Natalie Imbruglia. Because it was the last song I heard before going back to work, it repeated itself in my head. Suddenly one of the lines popped out and I realised how much it resonated with what I had just read:

"Illusion never changed into something real"

It made me chuckle.

I just wondered if any of you experienced the same with other songs.

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 10:18 am
by Ives
I’ve always liked that Talking Heads lyric (from the song Heaven on the album Remain In Light) that goes:

Heaven is a place…
A place where nothing…
Nothing ever happens.

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 3:06 pm
by kiki
This song is one of my favorites, and it "speaks" beyond itself. I first heard it in the movie Notting Hill and was blown away. It works at the deepest level, as well as being a beautiful love song. I never get tired of hearing it.

When You Say Nothing At All

It's amazing
How you can speak
Right to my heart
Without saying a word,
You can light up the dark
Try as I may
I could never explain
What I hear when
You don't say a thing

The smile on your face
Lets me know
That you need me
There's a truth
In your eyes
Saying you'll never leave me
The touch of your hand says
You'll catch me
Whenever I fall
You say it best
When you say
Nothing at all

All day long
I can hear people
Talking out loud
But when you hold me near
You drown out the crowd
(The crowd)
Try as they may
They can never define
What's been said
Between your
Heart and mine

[Repeat chorus twice]


Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 8:07 pm
by yougarksooo
When You Say Nothing At All
I've always loved that song. Her voice has a lot of air in it, which matches the silence she is singing about.

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 8:25 pm
by kiki
The Ronan Keating version is the one I'm most familiar with - it is superb. You can find videos on youtube where people have used this song in creating music videos of their favorite movies. I especially like the one done with Pride and Prejudice/Sense and Sensibility:

There is another about Ron and Hermione from the Harry Potter movies - that one features a female singer - it's a little different but still amazing.

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 8:54 pm
by yougarksooo
Just listened. That is really nice. You've never heard Allyson Kraus' version?

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:53 pm
by Webwanderer
A few excerpts from the song "Be Free" by Kirtana:

"Not near, not far,
Right here, exactly where you are
Be strong, be silent as he.

Stop the search, you are the one,
You’re running for, you’re running from.
Let your kingdom come,
Right here.

He says I am the Father
And the Father is in me.
See before the self divides,
See beyond the wave at high.
Rest where truth abides,
Be free.

The fishes are confused,
In searching for the sea.
Find out what you can’t loose,
Be Free."

Words can't discribe the meaningful beauty of her music.

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2007 12:40 am
by kiki
You've never heard Allyson Kraus' version?
I hadn't until I found the Ron and Hermione music video on youtube. I really like that one too. ... ed&search=

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2007 2:23 am
by Annie
Hello everyone.

A particular favourite is Ben Lee's
'Awake is the new sleep - so wake up, wake up.'
Also Anna Nalik's
'Breathe, just breathe'
Leonard Cohen has many insightful lyrics;
'There's a crack in everything that lets the light in.'
Simon and Garfunkel;
'Sounds of Silence.'

all immediately come to mind. Many many more.
Nice thread.

Best wishes,

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2007 4:06 am
by YUDoodat
Bruce Cockburn is one of my very favorites when it comes to blending deep lyrics with sublime melodies. In one of his songs he sings:

"You've got to kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight."

Not exactly in line with Eckhart's main thrust, but a powerful word-picture nonetheless.

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2007 8:30 am
by Petra
Annie wrote:Simon and Garfunkel;
'Sounds of Silence.'
That suddenly reminded me of the song 'Enjoy the Silence' by Depeche Mode.

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2007 10:09 am
by Ives
For a brilliant description of a pain-body attack, what about 'People Are Strange' by the Doors?

People are strange
When you're a stranger
Faces look ugly
When you're alone
Women seem wicked
When you're unwanted
Streets are uneven
When you're down.

Beautifully written, too.

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2007 11:34 pm
by JD
Annie wrote: Leonard Cohen has many insightful lyrics...
My favourite (to an imaginary rival for the love of a woman):
And what can I tell you my brother, my killer
What can I possibly say?
I guess that I miss you, I guess I forgive you
I'm glad you stood in my way.

If you ever come by here, for Jane or for me
Your enemy's sleeping, and his woman is free.

Yes, and thanks, for the trouble you took from her eyes
I thought it was there for good so I never tried...
I think Famous Blue Raincoat is the greatest song of the 20th century. :D

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 10:56 am
by Ives
I hear you're mad about Brubeck
I like your eyes, I like him too
He's an artist, a pioneer
We've got to have some music on the new frontier.

(This snippet from Steely Dan's 'New Frontier' always makes me smile).

Tomorrow Never Knows

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 7:03 pm
by TolleFan
John Lennon when still with the Beatles:

Tomorrow Never Knows

Turn off your mind, relax and float down stream,
It is not dying, it is not dying

Lay down all thoughts, surrender to the void,
It is shining, it is shining.

That you may see the meaning of within
It is being, it is being

Love is all and love is everyone
It is knowing, it is knowing

That ignorance and hate may mourn the dead
It is believing, it is believing

But listen to the colour of your dreams
It is not living, it is not living

Or play the game "Existence" to the end
Of the beginning, of the beginning