My Brain is Mostly Song Lyrics

Music and Books

February 16, 2016 | 10 comments


The only thing that rivals my love for books, is my love for music. In a way, they both have a lot of common. Like with books, the best songs are those that convey a coherent story, or depict a character that you connect with (it just has to be done in 3 minutes instead of 300 pages). This week, I’m splitting my top ten list (as hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) between my favourite stories and characters from songs.

Top five stories in a song:

1. Parachute’s Forever and Always from the album The Way It Was (2011)
This sad love song about a woman going to the hospital to see her fiancé, who has been in an accident, brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it. The chorus is the words he told her when he proposed, her wishes for the future, and what they tell each other in the hospital.

2. Dixie Chicks’ Travelin’ Soldier from the album Home (2002)
Originally written by Bruce Robison, this song about a high school girl and a young soldier leaving for the Vietnam War is another sad tale. It tells the story about their first meeting and the letters they write while he’s deployed.

3. Pink’s Just Give Me a Reason from the album The Truth About Love (2012)
This duet with Nate Ruess is a conversation between a couple, their different interpretations of the same events, and their struggle to hold on to a relationship that is breaking down.

4. The Eagles’ Hotel California from the album Hotel California (1976)
A horror story about a man arriving at a house which he will never leave again, or a metaphor for the conflicts between good and evil.

5. Kenny Roger’s Buy Me A Rose from the album She Rides Wild Horses (1999)
This song is depicting the opposing views on a relationship between a husband and a wife. He thinks she wants him to provide her with material things, whereas she yearns for the small, simple gestures.

And top five characters from a song:

1. Fleetwood Mac’s Rhiannon from the album Fleetwood Mac (1975)
“She is like a cat in the dark and then she is the darkness”

2. Dolly Parton’s Jolene from the album Jolene (1974)
“Your beauty is beyond compare, with flaming locks of auburn hair, with ivory skin and eyes of emerald green. Your smile is like a breath of spring, your voice is soft like summer rain, and I cannot compete with you Jolene.”

3. Suzanne Vega’s Luka from the album Solitude Standing (1987)
“My name is Luka, I live on the second floor. I live upstairs from you, yes I think you’ve seen me before. If you hear something late at night, some kind of trouble, some kind of fight, just don’t ask me what it was.”

4. Laura Branigan’s Gloria from the album Branigan (1982)*
“You’re always on the run now, runnin’ after somebody. You’ve gotta get him somehow. I think you’ve got to slow down, before you start to blow it. I think you’re headin’ for a breakdown, so be careful not to show it.”

5. Roxette’s Jefferson from the album Room Service (2001)
“Jefferson was always out of luck. I remember when we both grew up, Jefferson got hit by a westbound truck. I guess that didn’t make him look like a million bucks. That night when Sally really stole the show, and every boy was captured diggin’ for gold, poor old Jefferson was left in the snow.”

* I grew up listening to Carola’s cover in Swedish, which I thought was the best thing ever.