Song Lyrics Speak to Me.

Join the daily writing challenge during the month of March at Two Writing Teachers. Thanks you Stacey, Deb, Kathleen, Tara, Anna, Betsy, Dana and Beth for nudging us to walk the walk and write.

In a recent slice,  Michelle Haseltine pondered why she likes movies and books that make her cry. That got me thinking about what I wonder about, what I notice and what rolls around in my brain.

Before long, I knew exactly what it was.  I think and wonder a lot about beautiful and spare and spot on song lyrics. I love music and listen to it often- at home, in the car, with my girls (who are often introducing me to new singers and songs). I find myself listening intently to the words, even more so when I love the melody. And I will think to myself, “Bingo. That is exactly it! How did that songwriter know that was the most perfect way to describe that (experience, emotion, etc)”

Some of my current favorites include:
these lines from Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”:
Band-Aids don’t fix bullet holes
You say sorry just for show

And this part of John Legend’s “All of Me”:
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imprefections

The refrain from Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “Beautiful Racket”:

Such a beautiful racket an’ whispers and roars
The bitter and sweet between the truces and the wars
The noise and the quiet, the courage and the fear

And all of the wisdom between a smile and a tear

The first two verses and the refrain from Des’Ree’s “You Gotta Be”:

Listen as your day unfolds, challenge what the future holds
Try and keep your head up to the sky
Lovers, they may cause you tears
Go ahead release your fears, stand up and be counted
Don’t be ashamed to cry

You gotta be
You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser
You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together
All I know, all I know, love will save the day

Herald what your mother said
Reading the books your father read
Try to solve the puzzles in your own sweet time
Some may have more cash than you
Others take a different view, my oh my, heh, hey

I find myself whipping out my notebook pretty often to jot down a line from a song that says it better than I thought it could be said. I wonder all the time, “How do they do that?” It’s like poetry. As a writer I am envious.

There are so many hymns and classic songs whose words speak to me. Every word  of “I Sing a Song of the Saints of God” speaks to me and  I love every word of “Simple Gifts.”

Music speaks to me. Lyrics make me wonder. Thank you Michelle for inspiring me to stop, think, and write about this.

4 thoughts on “Song Lyrics Speak to Me.

  1. I love some of these lines, too–Mary Chapin Carpenter is my absolute favorite artist, was surprised you had a few lines from her song! (I Take My Chances is my all time favorite song of hers)

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  2. Lisa, we are fellow song lovers, as I do what you do – whipping out my notebook to write down a line or taking a photo with my phone of the song on the radio so I can remember to search for it's lyrics later on. Music is medicine, don't you think?

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