Wednesday, February 10, 2010
More Mystery Lyrics
And by "Mystery Lyrics" I mean that it's a mystery why they were ever written, so inscrutable are they. :)
I'm actually a big Fleetwood Mac fan, but even now when I listen to some things penned by the velvet-throated Stevie Nicks, I am confused. I wonder, for example, at the meaning of the lyrics to Landslide: "I took my love and I took it down; I climbed a mountain and I turned around." Stevie, I know you were probably being profound, but I think it was one of those "you had to be there" moments.
And while I've always been a giant Beatles fan, they can easily be found guilty in the court of dumb lyrics. Case in point:
"Here come old flattop, he come grooving up slowly
He got joo-joo eyeball, he one holy roller
He got hair down below his knee
Got to be a joker he just do what he please."
Well, sure, they were trying to make a point by being nonsensical. But sometimes they made the point a bit too well.
But those are the lyrics of yesteryear. What about some of today's songs? Are they more direct, more clear in their message?
My son is a big fan of MUSE, a band with a passionate lead singer and a dramatic sound. When you separate the lyrics from the compelling melody, though, they don't hold up as well.
From Knights of Cydonia:
"Come ride with me,
Through the veins of history,
I'll show you a god
Who falls asleep on the job."
It's not just imperfect rhyme--there's a mismatch of metaphors here that has one saying "Huh?"
And there are many more . . . .