Jan 25, 2016

Another Kind of Writing.

I've been thinking about songs a lot lately with the recent, sad deaths of some of the music industry's most iconic figures. Particularly with the passing of Glenn Frey from one of my favourite bands - The Eagles. Probably their most iconic song is Hotel California. A long, rambling song which has been dissected adnauseam over the years to unearth its "true" meaning.



Depending on who or what you read or watch on the tele it's anything from a coming of age song to something out of the Twilight Zone.

Whatever the meaning behind it, it's clearly an enigma. This brings to mind two other songs which also happen to be long and rambling and the focus of intense debate amongst punters and musuc scholars alike about their meaning.

American Pie by Don McLean



And Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.




As far as I'm concerned these are three of the greatest songs in existence and I'm not sure knowing their true meaning matters. Different songs speak to different people in different ways. A bit like books I guess.....

Anyone got a theory about the genesis of any of these songs? Do you have to know the meaning of lyrics to enjoy a song? Are there any other songs you like that have nonsensical lyrics but you like anyway?

14 comments:

  1. So sad about the recent deaths....
    I love all three of those songs and have heard them thousands of times and love to sing them...I have no idea what the hell they're about!

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    1. It hasn't been a great start to the year has it, Louisa?

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  2. Love all of those songs, Amy! Gutted that such icons are no longer with us.

    There are no doubt many songs that make me scratch my head and wonder what on earth they're about. Two that spring immediately to mind are Tanita Tikaram's "Twist in My Sobriety" and a little known song by Suzanne Vega called "The Queen and the Soldier." I sometimes think the mystery can add to a song's poignancy.

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    1. I'll have to look those up, Michelle!

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  3. Love those songs, and no idea what they're about.
    Yep, the music industry is taking some big knocks at the moment. Really sad.

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    1. Maybe musicians do it just to screw with all our heads, Sue? 😀

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  4. Love those songs especially American Pie which I used to sing wildly at the top of my lungs.

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  5. Wow... this post has made me realise what an old soul I seem to have at times. Even though these songs were released either before I was born or when I was still too young to remember (since I'm only 32) they are some of my favourite songs. I love to sing both Hotel California and Bohemian Rhapsody as loudly as I can.
    Can't say I know the true meaning behind any of the songs and as you say, does it even matter.
    It stinks that we are losing high profile great musicians, but at the same time it is the cycle of life.

    I must admit that this post did make me wonder if those musicians who have passed on sit around have conversations about either the meaning of their songs or the lunacy of people trying to decipher the true meaning of their music.

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    1. I'm sure they're all having a good chuckle wherever they are, Lyn :-)

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  6. Hi Amy,
    These ones are intriguing, aren't they? I remember hearing someone giving a long, detailed explanation of what American Pie was supposed to represent but for the others - no. Not knowing doesn't stop me enjoying them though. Sometimes I think a little mystery makes them better!

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    1. Yes, have heard it's about the rise of English pop music because of the Beatles et al in the US and then heard Don McLean say it means nothing.... I think you're right though, a little mystery adds to the notoriety!

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  7. Hi Amy

    Oh so many things I heard about these songs over the years but are they true who knows for me and most people I would say music and songs bring back so many memories for me and that is what pulls to me I have been devastated over the deaths of these people we saw The Eagles the last two times they were here in Australia and I have many fond memories and the DVD's to watch

    Have Fun
    Helen

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    1. Hey Helen - I knew you were a big Eagles fan too! Love love love their music!

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