Poll: Which lyrics are more poetic?
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First Set
12 40%
Second Set
18 60%
Voters: 30.
#1
This is for an AP lit project. Don't consider the music (if you know the songs). Based on the lyrics alone which do you think would make a better standalone poem.

First Set
Trouble travels fast
When you're specially designed for crash testing
Or wearing wool sunglasses in the afternoon
Come on and tell us what you're trying to prove

Because it's a battle when you dabble in war
You store it up, unleash it, then you piece it together
Whether the storm drain running rampant just stamp it
And send it to somebody who's pretending to care

Just cash in your blanks for little toy tanks
Learn how to use them, then abuse them and choose them
Over conversations relationships are overrated
"I hated everyone" said the sun

And so I will cook all your books
You're too good looking and mistooken
You could watch it instead
From the comfort of your burning beds
...Or you can sleep through the static

Who needs sleep when we've got love?
Who needs keys when we've got clubs?
Who needs please when we've got guns?
Who needs peace when we've gone above
But beyond where we should have gone?
We went beyond where we should have gone

Stuck between channels my thoughts all quit
I thought about them too much, allowed them to touch
The feelings that rained down on the plains all dried and cracked
Waiting for things that never came

Shock and awful thing to make somebody think
That they have to choose pushing for peace supporting the troops
And either you're weak or you'll use brut force-feed the truth
The truth is we say not as we do

We say anytime, anywhere, just show your teeth and strike the fear
Of god wears camouflage, cries at night and drives a dodge
Pick up the beat and stop hogging the feast
That's no way to treat an enemy

Well mighty mighty appetite
We just eat 'em up and keep on driving
Freedom can be freezing take a picture from the pretty side
Mind your manners wave your banners
What a wonderful world that this angle can see

But who needs to see what we've done?
Who needs please when we've got guns?
Who needs keys when we've got clubs?
Who needs peace when we've gone above
But beyond where we should have gone?
Beyond where we should have gone
We went beyond where we should have gone
Beyond where we should have gone


Second Set
Your class, your caste, your country, sect, your name or your tribe
There's people always dying trying to keep them alive
There are bodies decomposing in containers tonight
In an abandoned building where
A squatter's made a mural of a Mexican girl
With fifteen cans of spray paint in a chemical swirl
She's standing in the ashes at the end of the world
Four winds blowing through her hair

But when great Satan's gone, the ***** of Babylon
She just can't sustain the pressure where it's placed
She caves

The Bible's blind, the Torah's deaf, the Qur'an is mute
If you burned them all together you'd be close to the truth still
They're poring over Sanskrit under Ivy League moons
While shadows lengthen in the sun
Cast on a school of meditation built to soften the times
And hold us at the center while the spiral unwinds
It's knocking over fences, crossing property lines
Four winds cry until it comes

And it's the sum of man
Slouching towards Bethlehem
A heart just can't contain all of that empty space
It breaks, it breaks, it breaks

Well, I went back by rented Cadillac and company jet
Like a newly orphaned refugee, retracing my steps
All the way to Cassadaga to commune with the dead
They said, "You'd better look alive"
And I was off to old Dakota where a genocide sleeps
In the black hills, the bad lands, the calloused east
I buried my ballast, I made my peace
Heard four winds leveling the pines

But when great Satan's gone, the ***** of Babylon
She just can't remain with all that outer space
She breaks, she breaks, she caves, she caves
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#2
as much as i love jack, the second set is more abstract and poetic.
His lyrics are fairly straightforward but are still amazing.
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#5
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as much as i love jack, the second set is more abstract and poetic.
His lyrics are fairly straightforward but are still amazing.

Indeed, I used a Bright Eyes song last time though and the class didn't really seem to understand it. Lyrically they're both great, I think I favor the Bright Eyes song a bit but I was reading them out loud to myself and I like the way the Jack Johnson one flows with the internal rhyming and all. Decisions decisions....
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#6
first one seems way too forced, and there are much better bright eyes songs poetically than the the second one. i still feel like on the whole album connor was trying to make himself into the whole bob dylan "voice of a generation" kinda thing.

so second one, but really, id pick a different bright eyes song.
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#7
Quote by NoLaurelTree000
first one seems way too forced

exactly what i thought, and why i went with the second one. i'm turned off by both of them though, they each have some high points, but overall they don't appeal to me.

admittedly, it would be difficult to find a song's lyrics that can really stand alone as poetry.


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#8
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The Bible's blind, the Torah's deaf, the Qur'an is mute
If you burned them all together you'd be close to the truth still


That's beautiful.
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#9
Who is the second one? Bright Eyes? Hmm, awesome lyrics.

I chose the second lyrics because Jack is a bit to straight forward for it to be amazingly poetic. He says what he wants to say, no metaphors.
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#11
Quote by NoLaurelTree000
first one seems way too forced, and there are much better bright eyes songs poetically than the the second one. i still feel like on the whole album connor was trying to make himself into the whole bob dylan "voice of a generation" kinda thing.

so second one, but really, id pick a different bright eyes song.

I reckon one of his best ones is "the centre of the world"
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#12
tl;dr

sorry...


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