This is a companion piece to Alex’s last post and the first of many shorter, less prose based posts on here. I’ll save most of my words for this weeks big post. Without further ado, here are my top 5 songs-lyrically speaking.
5. Jenny Lewis- Godspeed
I first started listening to Rilo Kiley because it was a band featuring the girl from “The Wizard” and Pinksy from “Salute Your Shorts”. I now listen to Rilo Kiley (and Jenny Lewis in general) because I believe John Lennon whispers in Jenny’s ear as she sleeps. As with much of this list, Lewis’ strength is beauty in the simple but direct nature of her words.
4. David Bowie- Life on Mars?
In my opinion, this is Bowie at his best. Bowie combines his story telling ability with an otherworldly vocal, creating a masterpiece both musically and thematically. I am not sure how well this song would have worked if released by another artist, but it surely would pale in comparison to what we have.
3. Oasis- Don’t Look Back in Anger
I have a problem with songs I don’t really believe in, that may be what turns me away from metal and other genres which seem to exaggerate emotion without a pre-existing acknowledgment of the songs unreasonable nature. For me to love a song, I need to believe that the artist is trying to express something real in their music. While I have no idea what this song is about, I believe it’s about something.
2. John Lennon-Real Love
My absolute favorite love song. The fact that this went unreleased in Lennon’s life time is a sad reminder of what we lost.
1. Bob Dylan-Positively 4th Street
The superior musical cousin of “Like A Rolling Stone”, “4th Street” is for anyone who has found themselves separating from people who once seemed like their friends. Though many vapid pop songs lay claim to the theme of moving on, this piece actually speaks to that emotion.