The Pie Baker

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Lyrics of Life

I have forever been in awe of songwriters, especially lyricists. The way they can capture a mood, a moment, a feeling in words that make up a three and a half minute song is, to me, simply astounding. Of course, the perfect accompanying melody can make all the difference, but to me, it’s the words that carry the greatest influence. Most impressive to me is the collaboration of Elton John and Bernie Taupin, who together have written scores of hit songs. While Elton John is an amazing musician and performer, Bernie Taupin carries the burden of stringing together lyrics that make sense, create a scene and touch the listener.

I have compiled some song lyrics that I personally find particularly resonating.

“… I don’t know if I’ve ever been really loved by a hand that’s touched me.” Push, Matchbox 20

“… in my daughter’s eyes, I am a hero.” My Daughter’s Eyes, Martina McBride

“… doesn’t anybody stay in one place any more?” Far Away, Carole King

“… I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints. Sinners are much more fun.” Only the Good Die Young, Billy Joel

“… you raise me up, so I can stand on mountains.” You Raise Me Up, Josh Groban

“… this is the moment. Destiny beckons, I never reckoned second best.” This is the Moment, from Les Miserables

“It’s….the soul afraid of dying, that never learns to live.” The Rose, Bette Midler

“… the love you take is equal to the love you make.” The End, The Beatles

“… when my soul was in the lost-and-found, you came along to claim it.” Natural Woman, Aretha Franklin

“ … hello, darkness, my old friend…: Sounds of Silence, Simon and Garfunkel

“… if I leave here tomorrow, will you still remember me?” Freebird, Lynyrd Skynyrd

“ … it is well with my soul.” It Is Well, Christian Hymn

“With an iron-clad first, I wake up and French-kiss the morning.” Bed of Roses, Bon Jovi

“I have to find the passage back to the place I was before.” Hotel California, The Eagles

“For once in my life, I have someone who needs me.” For Once in My Life, Frank Sinatra


November 17, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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