Poetic Songs

Note: This is a page in progress, until all 100 songs are added, things will change often.

These are songs that I have pulled from my own collection that I feel are deeply poetic on some special way. Not all of these songs have lyrics, and so, the poetry of that song is in the music, most are not from the top of the charts, they are from a wide range of styles and genres; some are old, and some are new, they are perhaps not the widest variety of songs, nor are they representitive of poetic songs as a whole, but I have selected these 100 songs because they say something to my soul. Each one of these songs has something to say, and they touch me deeply.

I hope you take the time to listen to some (or all) of these, as there are really wonderful jewels buried inside. This is an unordered list, so the placement of a song within this list does not denote favor or value over any other songs in the collection. This is also not to be considered a complete list, it is only a small piece of the pie, and I don’t claim to be an expert in either poetry or music, but I know what I like, and I hope you like these songs also.

If you have any suggestions for this list, please drop me an email. I love listening to new types of music, and discovering musical worlds anew.

-EJH

The Show Must Go On – Queen

Any list of poetic songs MUST include this song. No question there. Written by the amazing Brian May and belted out by the superb showman Freddie Mercury just 6 weeks before his death, this song has emotion, story, poetic allusion and a strength of character that will keep it at the top of any list of poetry set to music. There is also a version from the film ‘Moulin Rouge‘ that deserves a mention also.

My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies,
fairy tales of yesterday will grow but never die.

Listening to this song is a powerful experience, as are most Queen songs; they are delivered by Freddie with no reservation and a power that amazes me. If you have somehow managed to live this long and never heard this song, you owe it to yourself to go listen to it now.

 

Lyrics

Empty spaces – what are we living for?
Abandoned places – I guess we know the score
On and on
Does anybody know what we are looking for?

Another hero, another mindless crime
Behind the curtain in the pantomime
Hold the line
Does anybody want to take it anymore?

The show must go on
The show must go on, yeah
Inside my heart is breaking
My make-up may be flaking
But my smile still stays on

Whatever happens, I’ll leave it all to chance
Another heartache, another failed romance
On and on
Does anybody know what we are living for?
I guess I’m learning (I’m learning)
I must be warmer now
I’ll soon be turning round the corner now
Outside the dawn is breaking
But inside in the dark I’m aching to be free

The show must go on
The show must go on, yeah
Ooh inside my heart is breaking
My make-up may be flaking
But my smile still stays on

Yeah
Oh oh oh

My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies
Fairy tales of yesterday will grow but never die
I can fly, my friends

The show must go on (go on)
Yeah
The show must go on (go on)
I’ll face it with a grin
I’m never giving in
on with the show

Ooh, I’ll top the bill
I’ll overkill
I have to find the will to carry on
with the show
with the show

The show must go on, go on, go on, go on, …

  • Lyrical Poetry
  • Emotional Resonance
  • Instrumental Beauty
  • Lyrical Poetry
  • Emotional Resonance
  • Instrumental Beauty

The Kids Aren’t Alright – The Offspring

When we were young the future was so bright,
the old neighborhood was so alive,
and every kid on the whole damn street
was gonna make it big and not be beat.

Reality and forgotten dreams, the passion and naivety of youth, this song reflects the attitudes and grim realities of growing up, and the sadness of reflection when we look back on our youth and see how things really turned out…

 

Lyrics

When we were young the future was so bright
The old neighborhood was so alive
And every kid on the whole damn street
Was gonna make it big and not be beat

Now the neighborhood’s cracked and torn
The kids are grown up but their lives are worn
How can one little street
Swallow so many lives

[Chorus]
Chances thrown
Nothing’s free
Longing for what used to be
Still it’s hard
Hard to see
Fragile lives, shattered dreams

Jamie had a chance, well she really did
Instead she dropped out and had a couple of kids
Mark still lives at home cause he’s got no job
He just plays guitar and smokes a lot of pot

Jay committed suicide
Brandon OD’d and died
What the hell is going on
The cruelest dream, reality

[Chorus x2]

The Freshmen – The Verve Pipe

For the life of me,
I can not remember
what made us think that we were wise and we’d never compromise…

Transgressions and ignorance of youth, regrets and lost hope are common themes in poetry and in songs. I like this song because it reminds me of what it was to live uncaring and not understanding what small decisions meant for the future. We all have regrets, things we should have said, things we should NOT have said. Letters unwritten, and moments that when they well up in memory, they cause an involuntary shudder and a quick shake of the head. I think back on the things I did that could have been catastrophic for my future, yet somehow I wandered through the minefield unscathed. Not everyone is so fortunate.

 

Lyrics

When I was young I knew everything
And she, a punk who rarely ever took advice
Now I’m guilt-stricken, sobbin’ with my head on the floor
Stopped a baby’s breath and a shoe full of rice, no

Can’t be held responsible
She was touchin’ her face
I won’t be held responsible
She fell in love in the first place

For the life of me
I can not remember
What made us think that we were wise and we’d never compromise
For the life of me
I can not believe we’d ever die
For these sins
We were merely freshmen

My best friend took a week’s vacation to forget her
His girl took a week’s worth of valium and slept
And now he’s guilt-stricken, sobbin’
With his head on the floor
Thinks about her now and how he never really wept he said

Can’t be held responsible
She was touchin’ her face
I won’t be held responsible
She fell in love in the first place

For the life of me
I can not remember
What made us think that we were wise and we’d never compromise
For the life of me
I can not believe we’d ever die
For these sins
We were merely freshmen

We tried to wash our hands of all of this
We’d never talk of our lacking relationships
And how we’re guilt-stricken sobbin’ with our heads on the floor
We fell through the ice when we tried not to slip we’d say

Can’t be held responsible
She was touchin’ her face
I won’t be held responsible
She fell in love in the first place

For the life of me
I can not remember
What made us think that we were wise and we’d never compromise
For the life of me
I can not believe we’d ever die
For these sins
We were merely freshmen
We were merely freshmen
We were only freshmen

  • Lyrical Poetry
  • Emotional Resonance
  • Instrumental Beauty
  • Lyrical Poetry
  • Emotional Resonance
  • Instrumental Beauty

The Sound Of Silence – Simon And Garfunkel

One of the songs that made me want to make this list is The Sound Of Silence. Like many of Simon and Garfunkel’s songs, this is pure poetry set to spare guitar strings. If this song doesn’t put you in a reflective mood then nothing will. This is real American Poetry, this is an example of the musical expression that sprang up all over the place at this troubled time. This is a true classic that has stood the test of time, it is as relevant today as it was when it was written.

The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
and tenement halls
and whispered in the sound of silence

Lyrics

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turn my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never shared
No one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

“Fools,” said I, “you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sound of silence

Let Her Go – Passenger

Where do I even start? I really love the poetic lyrics of nearly all of Passenger’s songs. All of his albums are gems in my collection, I would put Michael David Rosenberg on the top of a stack of better known lyrical poets. His songs are high quality, with reflective musings on what it means to be human. All of his albums have more than just one great song on them.

It is very hard not to put ten or fifteen of his songs on this list. I will have to restrain myself and limit my selection to just one or three. If you like heartfelt songs that have more than just a simple repeating chorus, you really need to check Passenger out. You can thank me later.

Lyrics

Well you only need the light when it’s burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go

Only know you’ve been high when you’re feeling low
Only hate the road when you’re missing home
Only know you love her when you let her go
And you let her go

Staring at the bottom of your glass
Hoping one day you’ll make a dream last
But dreams come slow and they go so fast

You see her when you close your eyes
Maybe one day you’ll understand why
Everything you touch surely dies

But you only need the light when it’s burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go

Only know you’ve been high when you’re feeling low
Only hate the road when you’re missing home
Only know you love her when you let her go

Staring at the ceiling in the dark
Same old empty feeling in your heart
Cause love comes slow and it goes so fast

Well you see her when you fall asleep
But never to touch and never to keep
Cause you loved her too much and you dived too deep

Well you only need the light when it’s burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go

Only know you’ve been high when you’re feeling low
Only hate the road when you’re missing home
Only know you love her when you let her go
And you let her go
And you let her go
Well you let her go

Cause you only need the light when it’s burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go

Only know you’ve been high when you’re feeling low
Only hate the road when you’re missing home
Only know you love her when you let her go

Cause you only need the light when it’s burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go

Only know you’ve been high when you’re feeling low
Only hate the road when you’re missing home
Only know you love her when you let her go
And you let her go

  • Lyrical Poetry
  • Emotional Resonance
  • Instrumental Beauty
  • Lyrical Poetry
  • Emotional Resonance
  • Instrumental Beauty

All The Madmen – David Bowie

I read the book ‘The High House’ by James Stoddard many years ago, and ever since I have had this connection between this song and that book. The book has a ‘Thin Man’ character and something about the ambiance of this song makes a bond between the feeling I got while reading that book. (One of the best fantasy books I have ever read by the way.)

Enough about the book; I am talking about the song. This is a lyrical Bowie classic, it has allure and illusion, a repetitive chorus and a catchy tune as well. This one is a must on any poetic songs list. David Bowie is a rare musician; in that he has such a wide variety of musical styles and lyrical poetics. I also love his classic Space Oddity, which I may add to this list.

Lyrics

Day after day
They send my friends away
To mansions cold and grey
To the far side of town
Where the thin men stalk the streets
While the sane stay underground

Day after day
They tell me I can go
They tell me I can blow
To the far side of town
Where it’s pointless to be high
‘Cause it’s such a long way down

So I tell them that
I can fly, I will scream
I will break my arm
I will do me harm

Here I stand, foot in hand
Talking to my wall
I’m not quite right at all, am I?
Don’t set me free
I’m as heavy as can be
Just my Librium and me
And my EST makes three

‘Cause I’d rather stay here with all the madmen
Than perish with the sad men roaming free
And I’d rather play here with all the madmen
For I’m quite content they’re all as sane as me

Where can the horizon lie
When a nation hides?
It’s organic minds
In a cellar, dark and grim
They must be very dim

Day after day
They take some brain away
Then turn my face around
To the far side of town
And tell me that it’s real
Then ask me how I feel?

Here I stand, foot in hand
Talking to my wall
I’m not quite right at all
Don’t set me free
I’m as helpless as can be
My libido’s split on me
Give me some good ‘ole lobotomy

‘Cause I’d rather stay here with all the madmen
Than perish with the sad men roaming free
And I’d rather play here with all the madmen
For I’m quite content they’re all as sane as me

Zane, Zane, Zane
Ouvre le Chien
Zane, zane, zane
Ouvre le Chien

Zane, Zane, Zane
(Ah, ah, ah)
Ouvre le Chien
Zane, Zane, Zane
(Ah, ah, ah)
Ouvre le Chien

Zane, Zane, Zane
(Ah, ah, ah)
Ouvre le Chien
Zane, Zane, Zane
(Ah, ah, ah)
Ouvre le Chien

Zane, Zane, Zane
(Ah, ah, ah)
Ouvre le Chien
Zane, Zane, Zane
(Ah, ah, ah)
Ouvre le Chien

Zane, Zane, Zane
(Ah, ah, ah)
Ouvre le Chien
Zane, Zane, Zane
(Ah, ah, ah)
Ouvre le Chien

Pulp – I’m A Man

You’ve nowhere to go, but you’ll go there again.

Existential angst is the simplistic description of this song, but that is a staple of poetic music, so it is nothing to despise here. This is the best song on a great album full of other poetic musings. This album was written after fame had pushed Pulp into stardom, but was found lacking. Isn’t that how it always is? Once you achieve your desires they fall flat, and the sweetness is fleeting.

There is also a frustration here for our social lack of a definitive ‘Coming Of Age Ritual’, our society doesn’t define when you cease to be a child and become an adult, so it is left to us to decide for ourselves when we have crossed that threshold. How will you know when you have arrived?

Lyrics

Laid here with the advertising sliding past my eyes
like cartoons from other peoples lives
I start to wonder what it takes to be a man

Well, I learned to drink and I learned to smoke
And I learned to tell a dirty joke
If that’s all there is, then there’s no point for me

So please, can I ask just why we’re alive?
‘Cause all that you do seems such a waste of time
And if you hang around too long you’ll be a man, tell me ’bout it

Your car can get up to a hundred and ten
You’ve nowhere to go but you’ll go there again
And nothing ever makes no difference to a man

So you stumble into town and hold your stomach in
Show them what you’ve got though they’ve seen everything
Yeah, you’re a beauty but they’ve seen your type before

You’ve got no need but still you want
So go and book that restaurant
The wine will flow and then you’ll just fly away

So please, can I ask just why we’re alive?
‘Cause all that you do seems such a waste of time
And if you hang around too long you’ll be a man, tell me ’bout it

Your car can get up to a hundred and ten
You’ve nowhere to go but you’ll go there again
And nothing ever makes no difference to a man

Tell me ’bout it

So please, can I ask just why we’re alive?
‘Cause all that you do seems such a waste of time
And if you hang around too long you’ll be a man, tell me ’bout it

Your car can get up to a hundred and ten
You’ve nowhere to go but you’ll go there again
And nothing ever makes no difference to a man

To a man, to a man
To a man, that’s what I am

  • Lyrical Poetry
  • Emotional Resonance
  • Instrumental Beauty
  • Lyrical Poetry
  • Emotional Resonance
  • Instrumental Beauty

One Song Glory – RENT Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

If you have never watched RENT, then you need to turn off the computer, and go get tickets, or failing that: rent the movie from which this version of the song comes. The context of this short song in the play (full of other great songs as well) is that the once mildly successful singer/songwriter Roger, is dying of AIDS, and he has an overpowering need to write one last song that will give him some measure of immortality in others minds.

One song before I go” He pleads to the night, alone on the top of an almost abandoned building, “In a song that rings true, truth like a blazing fire, an eternal flame.” The play from which this song comes, is that “One Song” for its creator; Jonathan Larson, as he died the day before RENT opened on Broadway. So ‘One Song Glory’ is a kind of self-fulfilling prophesy, and RENT is an enduring legacy for Jonathan.

Lyrics

One song glory, one song before I go
Glory, one song to leave behind
Find one song, one last refrain
Glory, from the pretty boy front man

Who wasted opportunity
One song, he had the world at his feet
Glory, in the eyes of a young girl
A young girl, find glory

Beyond the cheap colored lights
One song, before the sun sets
Glory, on another empty life

Time flies, time dies
Glory, one blaze of glory
One blaze of glory, glory

Find glory in a song that rings true
Truth like a blazing fire, an eternal flame
Find, one song, a song about love
Glory, from the soul of a young man

A young man, find the one song
Before the virus takes hold
Glory, like a sunset
One song to redeem this empty life

Time flies and then
No need to endure anymore
Time dies

 Cara Dillon – There Were Roses

This one is sad and deep and so true of the pathetic nature of humanity. We are so quick to draw lines and separate into cliques, we demonize and dehumanize anyone outside our comfortable small niche. This song tells the story of two friends separated by bigotry and mis-understanding. Why do people rush so quickly into mob mentality? This has been a problem since time immemorial.

And those who give the orders are not the ones to die…

Songs and Poetry and Literature can dispel the shadows for a little while if they speak true and tell these stories even if they are only an illustration in song form, of a very real trouble. These kinds of events have happened and will happen again. Such is the story of life, the endless repetition of living.

Lyrics

My song for you this evening
Is not to make you sad
Nor for adding to the sorrows
Of this troubled northern land

But lately, I’ve been thinking
And it just won’t leave my mind
I’ll tell you about two friends one time
Who were both good friends of mine

Isaac, he was Protestant
And Sean was Catholic born
But it never made a difference
For the friendship, it was strong

And sometimes in the evening
When they heard the sound of drums
They said, they won’t divide us
We will always be as one

There were roses, roses
There were roses
And the tears of a people ran together
It was on a Sunday morning

When the awful news came ’round
Another killing had been done
Just outside Newry town
We knew that Isaac danced up there

We knew he liked the band
But when we heard that he was dead
We just could not understand
Now fear, it filled the countryside

There was fear in every home
When late at night, a car came
Prowling ’round the Ryan Road
A Catholic would be killed tonight

To even up the score
Oh Christ, it’s young Macdonald
They have taken from the door
There were roses, roses

There were roses
And the tears of a people ran together
Isaac was my friend, he cried
He begged them with his tears

But centuries of hatred
Have ears that do not hear
An eye for an eye
That was all that filled their minds

And another eye for another eye
Till everyone was blind
Now I don’t know where the moral is
Or where the song should end

But I wonder just how many wars
Are fought between good friends
And those who give the orders
Are not the ones to die

It’s Scott and young Macdonald
And the likes of you and I
There were roses, roses
There were roses
And the tears of a people ran together

  • Lyrical Poetry
  • Emotional Resonance
  • Instrumental Beauty
  • Lyrical Poetry
  • Emotional Resonance
  • Instrumental Beauty

Somewhere Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Three things seemingly unrelated come together in this perfection of a song: a mashup of the 1939 hit song from ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ and Louis Armstrong’s ‘What A Wonderful World’ is performed in one take by the beloved Hawaiian folk musician Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.  As a song it is bare and free of layers of post production editing, it is clean and seems like a genuine love song to the world. Only two instruments are present: the skillful plucking solo ukulele, which is outshone by the cheerful yet soulful voice of Israel, his words seem light and free yet are deep and eloquent at the same time. This song is a gem. It has gained some well deserved popularity in the last few years, and that is as it should be.

I find this song intoxicating, it is an expression of a love of sea, of land and life.

Lyrics

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
And the dreams that you dream of
Once in a lullaby

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
And the dreams that you dream of
Dreams really do come true

Someday, I wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top
That’s where you’ll find me

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
And the dreams that you dare to
Oh why, oh why can’t I?

Well, I see trees of green and red roses too
I’ll watch them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

Well, I see skies of blue and I see clouds of white
And the brightness of day
I like the dark
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
And also on the faces of people passing by
I see friends shaking hands saying
How do you do?
They’re really saying I, I love you

I hear babies cry and I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more then we’ll know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
World

Someday I wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top
That’s where you’ll find me

Oh, somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
And the dreams that you dare to
Why oh, why can’t I?

Gone With The Sin – H.I.M

I adore the despair in your eyes
I worship your lips once red as wine
I crave for your scent sending shivers down my spine
I just love the way you’re running out of life

Ville Valo growls and mutters, drawing out this song as if he were reading from some lost and crumpled love letter. The mood of this song is despair mixed with dark passion, deep rivers of melancholy flow. The whole album: Razor-blade Romance is very dark and poetic like this, it is a swirl of moody black water, it goes great with an aged Scotch and a headache.

Lyrics

I love your skin, oh so white
I love your touch, cold as ice
And I love every single tear you cry
I just love the way you’re losing your life

Woah, my baby, how beautiful you are
And, woah, my darling, completely torn apart
You’re gone with the sin, my baby and beautiful you are
So gone with the sin, my darling

I adore the despair in your eyes
I worship your lips, once red as wine
And I crave for your scent, sending shivers down my spine
And I just love the way you’re running out of life

Woah, my baby, how beautiful you are
And, woah, my darling, completely torn apart
You’re gone with the sin, my baby and beautiful you are
So gone with the sin, my darling

Woah, my baby, how beautiful you are
And, woah, my darling, completely torn apart
You’re gone with the sin, my baby and beautiful you are
So gone with the sin, my darling

  • Lyrical Poetry
  • Emotional Resonance
  • Instrumental Beauty
  • Lyrical Poetry
  • Emotional Resonance
  • Instrumental Beauty

The Green Fields Of France – Dropkick Murphys

Written & Originally Preformed By Eric Bogle

Did you really believe that this war would end wars?
Well the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame
The killing, the dying, it was all done in vain,
For Willie McBride, it all happened again,
And again, and again, and again, and again.

The Great War was an awesome and terrible example of what horrific destruction can be unleashed on mankind by a mechanized world at war. It is a fortunate thing that after seeing the horrors and pointless loss of life that people everywhere abandoned war and turned towards a peaceful existence forever abandoning aggression and warfare.

Oh, wait…Nevermind.

Lyrics

Well, how do you do, Private William McBride,
Do you mind if I sit down here by your graveside?
And rest for awhile in the warm summer sun,
I’ve been walking all day, and I’m nearly done.
And I see by your gravestone you were only 19
When you joined the glorious fallen in 1916,
Well, I hope you died quick and I hope you died clean
Or, Willie McBride, was it slow and obscene?

Did they Beat the drum slowly, did they play the pipes lowly?
Did the rifles fir o’er you as they lowered you down?
Did the bugles sound The Last Post in chorus?
Did the pipes play the Flowers of the Forest?

And did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind
In some loyal heart is your memory enshrined?
And, though you died back in 1916,
To that loyal heart are you forever 19?
Or are you a stranger without even a name,
Forever enshrined behind some glass pane,
In an old photograph, torn and tattered and stained,
And fading to yellow in a brown leather frame?

The sun’s shining down on these green fields of France;
The warm wind blows gently, and the red poppies dance.
The trenches have vanished long under the plow;
No gas and no barbed wire, no guns firing now.
But here in this graveyard that’s still No Man’s Land
The countless white crosses in mute witness stand
To man’s blind indifference to his fellow man.
And a whole generation who were butchered and damned.

And I can’t help but wonder, no Willie McBride,
Do all those who lie here know why they died?
Did you really believe them when they told you “The Cause?”
Did you really believe that this war would end wars?
Well the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame
The killing, the dying, it was all done in vain,
For Willie McBride, it all happened again,
And again, and again, and again, and again.

I’m Not In Love – Tori Amos

This is a cover of the popular song originally written and recorded by the band 10cc, it has been given a darker and more foreboding sound by the master modifier Tori Amos; it is cruel and plaintive. It is the song of someone trapped. The slowness of the song gives it a somber mood and the breathy and forceful Tori Amos is perfect for this rendition. As a comparison to the original, I think this version has more soul.

Lyrics

I’m not in love, so don’t forget it
It’s just a silly phase I’m going through
And just because I call you up
Don’t get me wrong, don’t think you’ve got it made

I’m not in love, no, it’s because
I said I’d like to see you, but then again
That doesn’t mean you mean that much to me

So if I call you, don’t make a fuzz
Don’t tell your friends about the two of us
Not in love, no, it’s because

I keep your picture upon the wall
It hides a nasty stain still lying there
It hides a nasty stain still lying there

I keep your picture upon the wall
It hides a nasty stain still lying there
It hides a nasty stain still lying there

So don’t you ask me to give it back
I know you know it doesn’t mean that much to me
I’m not in love, hmm, it’s because

Ooh, you’ll wait a long time for me
Ooh, you’ll wait a long time
Ooh, you’ll wait a long time for me
You’ll wait a long time

I’m not in love, so don’t forget
It’s just a silly phase I’m going through
And just because I call you up
Don’t get me wrong, don’t think you’ve got it made

I’m not in love, I’m not in love

  • Lyrical Poetry
  • Emotional Resonance
  • Instrumental Beauty
  • Lyrical Poetry
  • Emotional Resonance
  • Instrumental Beauty

Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley

Written & Originally Performed By Leonard Cohen

If my Poetic Songs List were only 10 songs, this would be in the top 3 This song brings tears to my eyes frequently, it is a lost, and longing cry of a love that has fallen into disrepair, it is regret, and hopelessness. it is beautiful! The allegories, the allusions of biblical stories, and the intertwining of a modern life, are there to paint a picture of exquisite sorrow, and sweet pain. I enjoy this version much more than the original (written by Leonard Cohen) It is more plaintive, and drawn out, but the words are all Cohen. Poetry set to music.

And it’s not a cry that you hear at night,
It’s not somebody who’s seen the light.
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah…

Lyrics

Well I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
Well it goes like this:
The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Well your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya
She tied you to her kitchen chair
And she broke your throne and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

But baby I’ve been here before
I’ve seen this room and I’ve walked this floor
You know, I used to live alone before I knew ya
And I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
And love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Well there was a time when you let me know
What’s really going on below
But now you never show that to me do ya
But remember when I moved in you
And the holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya

And it’s not a cry that you hear at night
It’s not somebody who’s seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Mad World – Donnie Darko Soundtrack

Originally Written By Roland Orzabal

Though originally recorded by the band Tears For Fears in 1982, this song came to life for me when it was recorded by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules for the soundtrack of the film Donnie Darko. The song is melodious and macabre, it is the sorrowful musings of a societal reject, a loner and a loser. It reminds me of sad days stuck inside, in the rain.

Lyrics
All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhereTheir tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head, I wanna drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrowAnd I find it kinda funny
I find it kinda sad
The dreams in which I’m dying
Are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It’s a very, very mad world, mad worldChildren waiting for the day they feel good
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday
And I feel the way that every child should
Sit and listen, sit and listenWent to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me, no one knew me
Hello teacher tell me what’s my lesson
Look right through me, look right through meAnd I find it kinda funny
I find it kinda sad
The dreams in which I’m dying
Are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It’s a very, very mad world, mad worldEnlarging your world
Mad world
  • Lyrical Poetry
  • Emotional Resonance
  • Instrumental Beauty
Playground Love – Air (The Virgin Suicides Soundtrack)
  • Lyrical Poetry 0%
  • Emotional Resonance 34%
  • Poetry In The Music 55%

Playground Love – Air (The Virgin Suicides Soundtrack)

Sleeping Sun – Nightwish
  • Lyrical Poetry 73%
  • Emotional Resonance 45%
  • Poetry In The Music 36%

Sleeping Sun – Nightwish

  • Lyrical Poetry 45%
  • Emotional Resonance 49%
  • Poetry In The Music 60%

While Your Lips Are Still Red – Nightwish

Cloud On My Tongue – Tori Amos
  • Lyrical Poetry 91%
  • Emotional Resonance 64%
  • Poetry In The Music 63%

Cloud On My Tongue – Tori Amos

The River – Bruce Springsteen
  • Lyrical Poetry 84%
  • Emotional Resonance 93%
  • Poetry In The Music 13%

The River – Bruce Springsteen

Cloud On My Tongue – Tori Amos
  • Lyrical Poetry 0%
  • Emotional Resonance 0%
  • Poetry In The Music 0%

 

So Many Things – Sarah Brightman

 

  • Lyrical Poetry 0%
  • Emotional Resonance 0%
  • Poetry In The Music 0%

Come What May – Moulin Rouge Soundtrack

  • Lyrical Poetry 0%
  • Emotional Resonance 0%
  • Poetry In The Music 0%

The Dangling Conversation – Simon And Garfunkel

  • Lyrical Poetry 0%
  • Emotional Resonance 0%
  • Poetry In The Music 0%

For The Heart I Once Had – Nightwish

  • Lyrical Poetry 0%
  • Emotional Resonance 0%
  • Poetry In The Music 0%

Full Of Grace – Sarah Mclachlan

  • Lyrical Poetry 0%
  • Emotional Resonance 0%
  • Poetry In The Music 0%

Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini – Rachmaninov

  • Lyrical Poetry 90%
  • Emotional Resonance 60%
  • Poetry In The Music 45%

Reader Suggested Songs

If you have a list of poetic songs, email it to me, and I will add it.
Charles Kaka Mgbekem

1. The crow the owl and the dove – Nightwish

2. Nothing arrived – Villagers

3. Songbird – Oasis

4. *fin – Anberlin

5. Simple man – Lynyrd Skynyrd

6. Somewhere only we know – Keane

7. When you can’t sleep at night – Of mice and men

8. Take me to Church – Hozier

9. Inside of love – Nada Surf

10. Heart’s a mess – Gotye

11. What if? – Coldplay

12. No good in goodbye – The Script

13. This is your life – Switchfoot

14. Love never fails – Brandon Heath

15. Born to die – Lana Del Rey

16. Pieces – Red

17. Walk on – U2

18. All that I am – Rob Thomas

19. Unwell – Matchbox20

20. Kill me with your love – Yanni

21. Video games – Lana Del Rey

22. Way back into love – Hugh Grant

23. Wild child – Enya

24. Hopeless wanderer – Mumford and Sons

25. Somebody to love – Queen

27. Let it be – The beatles

28. Message to mary – The beverly brothers

29. Always love – Nada Surf

30. Under the tracks – Creeper Lagoon

31. Every song I sing – Chase Rice

32. Tourist – Athlete

33. I wanna be yours – Arctic Monkeys

34. Hang – Matchbox20

35. Jack Daniels and Jesus – Chase Rice

36. Wrong side of heaven and righteous side of hell – Five Finger Death Punch

37. Live forever – Oasis

38. A world alone – Lorde

39. Little black submarine – The black keys

40. Losing my religion – R.E.M

41. Ambulance – Eisley

42. Goodbye earl – Dixie chicks

43. Talk – Coldplay

44. Formidable – Stromae

45. Arctic monkeys – Riot van

46. My december – Linkin Park

47. My mistakes were made for you – The last shadow puppets

48. Little things gave you away – Linkin Park

49. Proof – Coldplay

50. Corazon de nino – Raul di blasio

 

 lightning crashes – live
#14: When Love And Death Embrace – H.I.M.
#17: Deliver Me – Sarah Brightman
#24: O Mio Babbino Caro – Sarah Brightman
#25: Piano Man – Billy Joel
#26: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus – Newsboys
#27: Forever Yours – Nightwish
#28: Bed Of Roses – Bon Jovi
#29: Here’s to The Night – Eve 6
#30: Human – The Killers
#31: White Men In Black Suits – Everclear
#32: Bonnie and Clyde II – Martina Sorbara
#33: Seasons of Love – Jonathan Larson (Rent Soundtrack)
#34: The Hard Way – D.C. Talk
#35: The Show Must Go On – Queen
#36: Crestfallen – Smashing Pumpkins
#37: Guaranteed – Eddie Vedder
#38: Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s
#39: Nocturne – Billy Joel
#40: Spiders Across The Stars – A Radio With Guts
#41: Suzanne – Leonard Cohen
#42: Narrow – Six Feet Deep
#43: Chance – Savatage
#44: Where The Wild Roses Grow – Nick Cave xxxx
#45: Mother – Tori Amos
#46: Place To Be – Nick Drake
#47: Angel – Sarah McLachlan
#49: Islands In The Stream – Bee Gees
#50: Brick (Acoustic) – Ben Folds Five
#51: LA Song – Beth Hart
#53: Like The Rain – Clint Black
#54: Blue Raft – Common Children
#55: A Long December – Counting Crows
#56: The Man Who Sold The World – David Bowie
#57: Day By Day – DC Talk
#58: Strawberry Wine – Deana Carter
#59: A Poem On The Underground Wall – Simon And Garfunkel
#60: Silent All These Years – Tori Amos
#61: American Pie – Don Mclean
#62: Candle In The Wind – Elton John
#63: My Immortal – Evanescence
#64: Across The Universe – The Beatles xxx
#65: He Stopped Loving Her Today – George Jones
#66: Sweet Child Of Mine – Guns And Roses
#67: Winter – Tori Amos
#68: Revolution – Jim Sturgess
#69: Imagine – John Lennon
#70: Symphony – Sarah Brightman
#71: Still She Cries – Journey
#72: Dust In The Wind – Kansas
#73: A Tout Le Monde – Megadeth
#74: Evening Rain – Moby xxxx
#75: 99 Red Balloons – Nena
#76: Faithfully – Journey
#77: Let It Rain – Newsboys
#78: Black Eyed Dog – Nick Drake
#79: Puff The Dragon – Peter Paul And Mary
#80: For Annie – Petra
#81: Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

The following songs were suggested by Charles Kaka Mgbekem, I am going to sort through  them to see which ones make the final cut. If you have any comments please Email me.

This looks like a great list Charles……

1. The crow the owl and the dove – Nightwish

2. Nothing arrived – Villagers

3. Songbird – Oasis

4. *fin – Anberlin

5. Simple man – Lynyrd Skynyrd

6. Somewhere only we know – Keane

7. When you can’t sleep at night – Of mice and men

8. Take me to Church – Hozier

9. Inside of love – Nada Surf

10. Heart’s a mess – Gotye

11. What if? – Coldplay

12. No good in goodbye – The Script

13. This is your life – Switchfoot

14. Love never fails – Brandon Heath

15. Born to die – Lana Del Rey

16. Pieces – Red

17. Walk on – U2

18. All that I am – Rob Thomas

19. Unwell – Matchbox20

20. Kill me with your love – Yanni

21. Video games – Lana Del Rey

22. Way back into love – Hugh Grant

23. Wild child – Enya

24. Hopeless wanderer – Mumford and Sons

25. Somebody to love – Queen

27. Let it be – The beatles

28. Message to mary – The beverly brothers

29. Always love – Nada Surf

30. Under the tracks – Creeper Lagoon

31. Every song I sing – Chase Rice

32. Tourist – Athlete

33. I wanna be yours – Arctic Monkeys

34. Hang – Matchbox20

35. Jack Daniels and Jesus – Chase Rice

36. Wrong side of heaven and righteous side of hell – Five Finger Death Punch

37. Live forever – Oasis

38. A world alone – Lorde

39. Little black submarine – The black keys

40. Losing my religion – R.E.M

41. Ambulance – Eisley

42. Goodbye earl – Dixie chicks

43. Talk – Coldplay

44. Formidable – Stromae

45. Arctic monkeys – Riot van

46. My december – Linkin Park

47. My mistakes were made for you – The last shadow puppets

48. Little things gave you away – Linkin Park

49. Proof – Coldplay

50. Corazon de nino – Raul di blasio