Lyrics and stars

I’ve never been a big one for lyrics. I love music, but many songs pass me by without me noticing the message behind the song.

Only when I come to really like a song do I bother with its lyrics, one notable exception being the works of Mike Skinner.

Recently, U2’s One was deemed to contain the UK’s favourite lyric, beating Nirvana and The Smiths. (As an aside, I’ve always thought of The Smiths purely as a band name; I’ve never until today thought about the name itself being the plural of Smith.)

The lyric: One life, with each other, sisters, brothers.

Ihave a playlist on my iPod containing nothing but tracks that haveearned five stars, according to the Danometer, a subjective, yetfrighteningly accurate scale. As you can imagine, it’s saved for thebest of the best, currently 83 of the 3,433 tracks to choose from(2.5%). (A further 393 tracks earn themselves four stars, btw.) Iwonder if anyone has a playlist called Five Star’s Five Stars, dedicated to the best of Five Star?

To give you a flavour of the five star playlist’s contents,below is a taster: the first three tracks when sorting by each of theprimary iTunes columns. (At the time of writing this, I don’t knowwhat will pop up, so I’m opening myself to potential/probable ridicule.)

Song name
– (Come Up And See Me) Make Me Smile, Steve Harley and CockneyRebel. Ah, the beauty of the parenthesis in getting you to the top ofa list
– 9 to 5/Eple, 2 Many DJs. Credit here must go to Dolly Parton for the fantastic sample
– Alright, Supergrass

– 9 to 5/Eple, 2 Many DJs (as above)
– I Say A Little Prayer, Aretha Franklin
– Complicated, Avril Lavigne (that will be the ridicule kicking in)

– Don’t Look Back In Anger, Oasis ((What’s The Story) Morning Glory?)
– Eleanor Rigby, The Beatles (1)
– Lady Madonna, The Beatles (1)

Track length
– Eleanor Rigby, The Beatles (2:06)
– Blister In The Sun, Violent Femmes (2:08)
– Molly’s Chambers, Kings of Leon (2:15)

Play count (descending)
– Ever Fallen in Love (The Buzzcocks)
– Mr. Raffles (Man It Was Mean), Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel – great track, btw
– Parklife, Blur

I regularly play both the 5 stars and 4+ stars playlists, which has meant me becoming much more familiar with their tracks’ lyrics.

BillyBragg is quoted a few times in the BBC article, which reminded me of awonderful lyric that I’ve only recently appreciated from hiswonderfully simple track A New England: I was 21 years when I wrote this song, I’m 22 now but I won’t be for long.

That’s all. I’m not sure what the post was about, but I enjoyed writing it.


5 Responses to “Lyrics and stars”

  1. Shanahan on April 25th, 2006 01:40

    Well, I don’t buy into the notion of “best of lists” as it pertains to music since what’s best for me changes with my mood. Here’s a few ALL TIME classics though, see of you can spot the song:

    “This is the mystery of the quotient,
    Unto us all a little rain must fall”.

    “And she feeds you tea and oranges
    That come all the way from China”

    “I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic’s,
    And his hair was perfect. “

  2. Shanahan on April 25th, 2006 01:41

    Oh, one more:

    “She came from Greece she had a thirst for knowledge,
    she studied sculpture at Saint Martin’s College,
    that’s where I,
    caught her eye.”


  3. andski on April 27th, 2006 09:11

    Kings of “Lean” Dan? Most unlike you…

    As for fave lyrics, most reside within the pantheon of work by the ever-great Half Man Half Biscuit. Sample:

    “You can lead a horse to water/ but a pencil must be lead mate”

  4. Dan on April 27th, 2006 21:18

    Thanks for that, Andy. The editorial department has been informed of its error, and it has since been corrected.

    I wonder what Len Ganley’s up to nowadays…

  5. mcbadger on October 20th, 2006 03:06

    They’re two great lines in the Bragg song, but he’s quoting the first two lines of Simon and Garfunkel’s Leaves that are Green.
    The verse about the shooting star is all his own work, and isn’t it good?

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