Why? Monday August 29, 2005, 1 comments

So.

Someone asked me why I occasionally post lyrics to songs I didn’t write on my site. It’s a really good question, and deserving of an answer.

I have posted the lyrics for a few songs I wrote on this site. You can poke around the Rains of History and find them yourself. They’re there. Some of them are even kind of okay, if I do say so myself.

But why would I post lyrics to songs I didn’t write?

Because the songwriter said it better than I can. I want to express the thought, or emotion, or idea, but it has already been expressed in a way superior to my ability to say it. That’s why.

Excluding today, I believe I have posted a Tragically Hip song, a Simon and Garfunkle song, and a Gorillaz number that was more story than song. Today I posted another Tragically Hip song. New Orleans is Sinking, specifically. Duly cited.

If you haven’t had a look at a satellite image of what’s going on down there, I highly suggest finding one. It’s Bloody frightening. New Orleans really is sinking. I feel awful for the people there. They were evacuated from their homes and may return to a pile of rubble beneath ten feet of water.

So I posted the lyrics to a song I felt captured how I am feeling about this, instead of waxing ineloquently about their tragedy. I guess I could have made a joke about it, or ignored it altogether.

Neither felt as right as posting the lyrics I posted. And that’s the point of this site. Expressing internal things externally. In a way that feels right.


Comments

Jorge Tuesday August 30, 2005


Yes.
THIS is a good thing.

However, in my random travels I’ve seen people posting songs with no reference to anything.

Or even better, songs with no reference to anything, and a mood that makes no sense:

KuulGrl
Feeling: LIke killing Someone
Then posts the lyrics to “the Friendly Giant” theme song.

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