Art of lyrics

By Patricia Sanchez

As a writer, I can’t help but appreciate and adore eloquent, clever and meaningful lyrics ” I thought I’d share six of my current favorites with you.

6. “Reverse” by SomeKindaWonderful: “I plugged my phone in as I backed out the driveway/Then I started my car/Slipped out the door after I crept through her hallway, She left it slightly ajar/yeah, threw on my kicks my socks my jeans and my t-shirt, then threw my hat on my head, I did it quiet so that I wouldn’t wake her/Woke up in another girl’s bed.” The lyrics itself are bleak, but what is so clever about “Reverse” is that SomeKindaWonderful fully committed to singing their story in reverse. Read the aforementioned lines in reverse and it makes perfect sense.

5. “Halo” by Cage the Elephant: “Every time I get away you find a way to reel me back in. Tell me that you love me, hold me so close so we can always be friends.” Cage the Elephant is such an eccentric band. Lead singer Matt Schultz often imagines certain characters or situations when writing lyrics ” in “Halo,” Schultz describes the inner workings of a tumultuous relationship.

4. “All of Me” by John Legend: “You’re my end and my beginning, even when I lose I’m winning. Cause I give you all of me, and you give me all of you.” John Legend is no stranger to love songs, but he really outdid himself with the lyrics in “All of Me.” They are sweet, honest and describe perfectly how love makes you accept a person in his or her entirety ” love can even make you adore a person’s flaws as well.

3. “The Truth” by Handsome Boy Modeling School: “But when you read back verbatim, what they’re saying to persuade them, they realize exactly how I played them. I come with the truth, whole truth and nothing but”” “The Truth” is a very interesting song. With flawless rapping, beautiful backing vocals and the inclusion of a rustic piano instrumental, it has a unique sound only bettered by its prolific lyrics.

2. “Crooked Teeth” by Death Cab for Cutie: “You’re so cute when you’re slurring your speech, but they’re closing the bar and they want us to leave.” What an adorable way to describe your drunken significant other. There’s a hint of compassion and concern in these lyrics that I’m sure many would hope they’re significant other would display if one were too inebriated.

1. “Glass in the Park” by Alex Turner: “Tell me how can I put you off when you’re a matter of urgency. I’ve got a million things that I need to do, but they’re all secondary.” Alex Turner is without a doubt my favorite lyricist. He writes so subtly at times I can’t help but be astonished by his cleverness. In the midst of love, how can one possibly concentrate on other things?

In the Mood for Music

In the Mood for Music

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