Lyric Poetry?

Musical Theater in word art / Art by Julia827 / via deviantART

If you’re reading this blog, I know that you know this to be true: words are powerful. I can write about the might of the pen, but I’ll quote the great Truman Capote this time. He said, “To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the music the words make.” As a poet, I can easily relate to this as the rhyme and meter, the stressed and the unstressed syllables, or the rhythmic repetition of consonants and vowels, but most people would not relate to that. What people can relate to are the everyday things, and thus, I would like to offer the five random song lyrics that not only appealed to my ears but also to my heart.

To make it more fun, let’s play a game. I’ll put the lyrics in, and just below it, you’ll find the composer and the artist, but I’ll be putting those two details in white font. Try to guess who sang or wrote the songs, and if you can’t guess, just highlight the details section. Alright, let’s go!

Number five! I liked these two lines because I found it scientific, hopeful, and desperate at the same time.

Pain is a warning that something’s wrong
I pray to God that it won’t be long.

Title: Power of Goodbye
Composers: Rick Nowels and Madonna
Artist: Madonna
♪♪ Listen ♪♪

Number four! I liked these lines because the song writer put together contrasting ideas.

But I’d rather you be mean than love and lie
I’d rather hear the truth and have to say goodbye
I’d rather take a blow at least then I would know
But baby don’t you break my heart slow

Title: Baby Don’t You Break My Heart Slow
Composers: James Howard Newton and Vonda Shepard
Artist: Vonda Shepard
♪♪ Listen ♪♪

Number three! I like the logic behind these lines. It’s really true that if something is not one thing, there’s a host of other possibilities regarding what it could actually be.

No longer dying inside
I will not let you define
Everything that I am
By the one thing I don’t have
Because I’m more than that
I will not be made to hide
These tears won’t fall for you this time
I will not be ashamed of my name
Anymore.

Title: Anymore
Composers: Emmy Rossum, Stuart Brawley, and Vince Pizzinga
Artist: Emmy Rossum
♪♪ Listen ♪♪

Number two! These lines — although more relatable for girls — is just the killer. Uncertainty is the worst kind of limbo that I could imagine.

What if I had never let you go
Would you be the man I used to know
If I’d stayed
If you’d tried
If we could only turn back time
But I guess we’ll never know

Title: What If
Composer: Steve Mac
Artist: Kate Winslet
♪♪ Listen ♪♪

Number one! I won’t explain this at all. You’ll just have to listen to the music, but my apologies: I wasn’t able to find a better quality video for this song.

There once was a time I was sure of the bond
when my hands and my tongue and my thoughts were enough
we are the same but our lives move along
and the third one between replaces what once was love

Title: Between
Composer/Singer: Vienna Teng
♪♪ Listen ♪♪

Wasn’t that fun? While this is a rather “light” post, considering my previous topics, it still goes to show that words are powerful, especially if the melodics of the words are accentuated by musical accompaniment. I hope you enjoyed this post, and I’d like to invite you to share some song lyrics that gave you its loudest heartbeat.

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  1. Pingback: Pondering and Praying « The Velociwritetor

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