Tuesday, November 9, 2010


I'm not a lyrics kinda gal myself, responding far more to overall sound, passion and delivery, but these two examples are exceptional. The first is by Chris Difford of Squeeze, so no surprise there at its excellence.

The latter was written by inordinately clever, famed television writer/producer Joss Whedon trying out a Walter Mitty-esque persona of Broadway musical librettist and composer, and superbly at that (watch the whole episode some time: "Once More with Feeling," Buffy the Vampire Slayer. All its songs are in different styles, tailored to each actor's abilities.) Best lyrics I've heard in decades, simple yet revealing.

Great transposition of plot specifics to a more universal meaning, in the same manner that hard rock/blues/metal power trio King's X effortlessly makes their lyrics of the sacred sound profanely secular as well.

1975 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO8Ff987Q0Y         Rest In Peace https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJO5l2g6lS8

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