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#1
In my college Literature class, we're are analyzing poetry. We need to write a 2-3 page paper on the analysis of a poem...or a song. I'd much rather do a song, but I was wondering what are some deep songs that could be easily analyzed for 2 to 3 pages?
“In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and he answered by setting me free. The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
#2
hmmm not sure but i think you could do alot on californication by the chilis?
#3
stairway?

or do a mars volta song for the lulz
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#4
I guess you could take one of the "big" songs by the beatles, david bowie or led zeppelin or something.

Or do "Amsterdam" by Coldplay. You know you want to.
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#6
Visions of Johanna- Bob Dylan

Ain't it just like the night to play tricks when you're tryin' to be so quiet?
We sit here stranded, though we're all doin' our best to deny it
And Louise holds a handful of rain, temptin' you to defy it
Lights flicker from the opposite loft
In this room the heat pipes just cough
The country music station plays soft
But there's nothing, really nothing to turn off
Just Louise and her lover so entwined
And these visions of Johanna that conquer my mind

In the empty lot where the ladies play blindman's bluff with the key chain
And the all-night girls they whisper of escapades out on the "D" train
We can hear the night watchman click his flashlight
Ask himself if it's him or them that's really insane
Louise, she's all right, she's just near
She's delicate and seems like the mirror
But she just makes it all too concise and too clear
That Johanna's not here
The ghost of 'lectricity howls in the bones of her face
Where these visions of Johanna have now taken my place

Now, little boy lost, he takes himself so seriously
He brags of his misery, he likes to live dangerously
And when bringing her name up
He speaks of a farewell kiss to me
He's sure got a lotta gall to be so useless and all
Muttering small talk at the wall while I'm in the hall
How can I explain?
Oh, it's so hard to get on
And these visions of Johanna, they kept me up past the dawn

Inside the museums, Infinity goes up on trial
Voices echo this is what salvation must be like after a while
But Mona Lisa musta had the highway blues
You can tell by the way she smiles
See the primitive wallflower freeze
When the jelly-faced women all sneeze
Hear the one with the mustache say, "Jeeze
I can't find my knees"
Oh, jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule
But these visions of Johanna, they make it all seem so cruel

The peddler now speaks to the countess who's pretending to care for him
Sayin', "Name me someone that's not a parasite and I'll go out and say a prayer for him"
But like Louise always says
"Ya can't look at much, can ya man?"
As she, herself, prepares for him
And Madonna, she still has not showed
We see this empty cage now corrode
Where her cape of the stage once had flowed
The fiddler, he now steps to the road
He writes ev'rything's been returned which was owed
On the back of the fish truck that loads
While my conscience explodes
The harmonicas play the skeleton keys and the rain
And these visions of Johanna are now all that remain
Friends, applaud the comedy is over.


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#7
try looking a good songwriters like bob dylan, bob marley john lennon
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#8
kung fu fighting by carl douglas. lyrically genius
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#9
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Wings for Marie/10,000 days (Wings part 2) by Tool.
+1

anything that MJK has ever written would work
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#10
do a jimi song. soooo many hidden meanings and variations in like every song almost.
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#11
Anything by Project 86.
Especially stuff off of their Truthless Heroes album.
#13
pretty much any of the beatles later stuff or john lennons solo stuff.
#14
Harvester of Sorrow; no one knows what that one is about (my guess is abortion or bad parenting).

Or Until it Sleeps. Or Master of Puppets. But everyone knows what those songs are really about (good lyrics though).
#17
Why are people on here always so desperate to do a song rather than poetry? I understand we're all musicians here, but trust me, if you took the time out to analyse a piece of poetry you just might find something that you really love. Personally I find poetry more rewarding than lyrics. Sure lyrics can have meaning, but they also depend on music, on beat. Poetry has so much more form and meaning that can be derived from it.
But if you really want a song, I'm a Bob Dylan gal.

EDIT: In fact, there's always Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday. It was originally a poem, and though it's been covered by many artists Billie's is perhaps the most famous. It's about the lynching of two black men.
The will to neither strive nor cry,
The power to feel with others give.
Calm, calm me more; nor let me die
Before I have begun to live.

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#18
2112 Overture. The lyrics alone would take up about 2 pages.
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Tom Sawyer by Rush.

..And yes, I'm serious.


..And 2112 Overture (The Temples Of Syrinx). Props to Ed Hunter for mentioning it.
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#22
Seriously, Visions of Johanna.


Or go for a poem.... Ode to a Grecian Urn- John Keats.
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#23
Shouldn't it be something you enjoy listening to? You coul always do some CC just for the look on your teachers face.
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Why are people on here always so desperate to do a song rather than poetry? I understand we're all musicians here, but trust me, if you took the time out to analyse a piece of poetry you just might find something that you really love. Personally I find poetry more rewarding than lyrics. Sure lyrics can have meaning, but they also depend on music, on beat. Poetry has so much more form and meaning that can be derived from it.

I've yet to read any poem to move me; written words rarely project any strong feelings for me. Music has the potential to play with much greater emotions due to the way it is presented.

I'm not saying poetry sucks; I'm just saying it's not for everyone.
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#26
Renka should read some John Keats, William Wordsworth, Edgar Allen Poe.


If that fails, which it shouldn't, then some World War 1 poetry.
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I've yet to read any poem to move me; written words rarely project any strong feelings for me. Music has the potential to play with much greater emotions due to the way it is presented.

I'm not saying poetry sucks; I'm just saying it's not for everyone.

I'm sorry, but if you're yet to be moved by a piece of poetry then you either have very little understanding of it or haven't read nearly enough. Poetry is perhaps the most emotional art.
The will to neither strive nor cry,
The power to feel with others give.
Calm, calm me more; nor let me die
Before I have begun to live.

-Matthew Arnold

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I'm sorry, but if you're yet to be moved by a piece of poetry then you either have very little understanding of it or haven't read nearly enough. Poetry is perhaps the most emotional art.

Then hit me, girl. Share some of your favorite works.
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I'm sorry, but if you're yet to be moved by a piece of poetry then you either have very little understanding of it or haven't read nearly enough. Poetry is perhaps the most emotional art.


In your opinion, snookums, in your opinion.

I prefer music to poetry, and I've read A LOT of poetry.
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In your opinion, snookums, in your opinion.

I prefer music to poetry, and I've read A LOT of poetry.

+1. It's not like I seek it out actively, but whenever someone puts it in front of me I'll read it; never found anything particularly interesting though.
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Then hit me, girl. Share some of your favorite works.

Bah, different strokes for different folks. What makes me feel emotional might seem crap to you...

But I really love The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. Dunno if you've read it, but it's one of my favourites. A dramatic monologue. Here's a small excerpt -

And the afternoon, the evening, sleeps so peacefully!
Smoothed by long fingers,
Asleep … tired … or it malingers,
Stretched on the floor, here beside you and me.
Should I, after tea and cakes and ices,
Have the strength to force the moment to its crisis?
But though I have wept and fasted, wept and prayed,
Though I have seen my head [grown slightly bald] brought in upon a platter,
I am no prophet—and here’s no great matter;
I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker,
And I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker,
And in short, I was afraid.
The will to neither strive nor cry,
The power to feel with others give.
Calm, calm me more; nor let me die
Before I have begun to live.

-Matthew Arnold

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anything by Kamelot

The Odyssey by Symphony X
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Renka should read some John Keats, William Wordsworth, Edgar Allen Poe.


If that fails, which it shouldn't, then some World War 1 poetry.

Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore".

The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe.

My favourite poem


In fact..the only poem I like.
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#36
Heart Shaped Box-Nirvana.

Seriously that's some good lyrics right there.

But Dinky is right, T.S Eliot is pretty good too
#37
Leonard Cohen was origionally a novelist and a poet before he became a musician so he would be a logical way to go. Or Lou Reed.
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This is the most intelligent thread I've ever seen in my 10 month tenure as a member of UG.

Mostly thanks to DinkyDaisy's presence, actually.

Now, bump for great justice/intelligence!
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[quote="'[x"]Huffy[x]']Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore".

The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe.

My favourite poem


In fact..the only poem I like.

I LOOOOVE that poem.
Everything about it just strikes me as magical.
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Heart Shaped Box-Nirvana.

Seriously that's some good lyrics right there.

But Dinky is right, T.S Eliot is pretty good too


Would you have him explain that "meat-eating orchids" is a metaphor for vagina in his essay? Didn't think so.

(I do love that song though).
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