Helloooo! This is going to be a monthly thing I write – examples of when musicians used absolutely fantastic lyrics. Perfect, as per the title, may be a bit of a stretch for some of them, but heck, hyperbole is designed for moments like these!
So, without further ado, here’s the first installment.
5 – The Devil Went Down To Georgia
Although originally by Charlie Daniels, I’m actually more of a fan of the Steve Ouimette version of this – as lovely as the fiddle playing is in the original, hearing it as an electric guitar just adds a special something, for me. But we’re not here for the music, we’re here for the lyrics…
Johnny, rosin up your bow and play your fiddle hard,
‘Cause hell’s broke loose in Georgia and the Devil deals the cards
And if you win you’ll get this shiny fiddle made of gold,
But if you lose, the Devil gets your soul!
It’s a scene-setting lyric, summing up the plot and the dilemma of the tale it tells. Plus, when hearing it in a bunch of almost-country voices… It’s incredibly satisfying.
4 – (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay
Otis Reading didn’t actually finish this song – it is my understanding that he wasn’t sure how to end, so he whistled for a while, intending to come back to it. Then, dying a few weeks later, he was unable to do so, so they released it posthumously with the whistling instead.
Anywho, onto the lyrics.
I’m sittin’ here restin’ my bones
And this loneliness won’t leave me alone
It’s a wonderful turn of phrase – the idea that being alone won’t leave him alone, its such an evocative statement and a fantastic lyric.
3 – Somewhere Only We Know
Despite the romantically depressing nature of this song by Keane, it features in my own personal “Happy” playlist. Why? It cheers me up. Let that sink in.
I walked across an empty land
I knew the pathway like the back of my hand
Why this lyric? It’s a great metaphor for the familiarity of depression – you get used to the feeling of loneliness that it gives you, almost comfortable with the feeling of solitude. Maybe it’s just me, but I felt sucked into something that I wasn’t entirely sure that I wanted to leave. To me, this lyric sums it up perfectly.
2 – Rap God
I’m only recently getting into Eminem – sure, I listened to stuff years ago when he was actually big, but I didn’t get into it until about three months ago. The reason why? Rap God. And why was that? Lyrics like this.
They said I rap like a robot, so call me RapbotBut for me to rap like a computer must be in my genes
I got a laptop in my back pocket
Every time that we meet, I skip a heartbeat.
Always up for a laugh, she’s a pain in the arse.