I have been reading Sadi’s List of the Moments and decided to offer up my own variation, picking five songs on my mind each week and elaborating on why I picked what I did.
This week’s list:
1 – “Mad World” by Tears for Fears. I have always loved this song and used to sing it all the time. (Well, mouth it really, since I have little musical ability). My interest in the song was re-ignited by the excellent acoustic cover of it used in the brilliant movie Donnie Darko, as Wikipedia explains.
Check out these great lyrics:
And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying
Are the best I’ve ever had
2 – “Hallelujah” – I like both the Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley versions of this song, which also has amazing lyrics. As Wikipedia describes there are multiple versions of the song — including two versions by Cohen — with varying lyrics. It’s so sad that Buckley died so young. And whether his death was a suicide, like his musician father’s suicide before him, or accidental, he is someone who had so much talent and promise.
From Buckley’s version:
Well, maybe there’s a god above
but all i’ve ever learned from love
was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you
it’s not a cry that you hear at night
it’s not somebody who’s seen the light
it’s a cold and it’s a broken hallelujah
3 – “I Chalk” by Justin Roberts. This song is my favorite on his children’s music album, which I reviewed previously. It is from his new album, Meltdown!
Outside our house, the neighbors just gawk (or maybe not)
Why can’t they see there’s a museum on our block
All the grown ups they just stand around and talk I chalk
I ch-ch-ch chalk
Sister and me, drew dragons and kings (with tiny wings)
While all the grown ups talked about their grown up things
I drew a monster’s door and made sure it was locked I chalk
I ch-ch-ch chalk
4 – “World Destruction” by John Lydon and by Afrika Bambaataa. I listed this song on my “Best Disturbing Songs” list because of its lyrics and
yet it’s a song I enjoyed dancing to in high school. That and “White Lines” and ABC and Pet Shop Boys — anything else and I’d go hold up the wall.
I have been thinking about this song as I consider my opinion of the Sex Pistols. While to me, the Sex Pistols seemed so manufactured, Lydon — aka Johnny Rotten — and his band, Public Image Limited, have put out some great songs.
This is a world destruction, your life ain’t nothing.
The human race is becoming a disgrace.
Countries are fighting with chemical warfare.
Not giving a damn about the people who live there.
Nostradamus predicts the coming of the Antichrist.
Hey, look out, the third world nations are on the rise.
The Democratic-Communist Relationship,
won’t stand in the way of the Islamic force.
In this 1971 song, he explains that he wears black as a way to remind the audience of those in America who are disadvantaged and those sent off to die in wars.
I want to close this with some of the lyrics to his song:
Well, you wonder why I always dress in black,
Why you never see bright colors on my back,
And why does my appearance seem to have a somber tone.
Well, there’s a reason for the things that I have on.
I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down,
Livin’ in the hopeless, hungry side of town,
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime,
But is there because he’s a victim of the times…