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Jaxon
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When I was younger and I could hear I loved all kinds of music. I grew up going through so many different music stage (widely influenced by the friends I hung around with at that stage of my life) that my taste in different kinds of music was very wide.

Obviously now that I'm deaf I can only really experience music I knew before I lost my hearing. In other words if a song in playing and I somehow find out what song it is. Usually by watching someone else singing along or if it's on TV and captioned.

Anyway, when I've talked to people about modern music the most common thing they say is that I'm not missing much. Smile I know they are exaggerating or only talking about some style of music they personally don't like. Regardless of this though, I've come to experience music through their lyrics. One thing I do remember about music is a song can have great lyrics but terrible music and vice versa.

The strange thing is I can sometimes fill in the blanks just by reading the lyrics and judging by my asking friends if I'm close when I sing it or by watching the song being sung by someone. My imagination can come close to the actual song even though I can't hear it. I'm not always right but it even surprised me how often I am. I'm sure I sing some songs differently but hey, it sounds right in my mind.

I know I'm going on and on about my deafness but I'm just explaining why I'm posting this. Sometimes I actually search for lyrics online and just read them. I've found some sings with great lyrics that I've never heard of or read about before. To me this is almost like experiencing music.

So what song lyrics do you like? It doesn't matter what style of music it is. I'm looking for songs that are impacting in some ways. It can be funny, romantic, sad, inspirational, just about anything but what I really like are lyrics that make me go "WOW!" in some way.

I'll name a few that I like. It seems that a lot of them would be classified as Country music but I'm not saying that's my preference. My preference would be good strong emotions (of many kinds).

An old one I remember because my Dad is a huge Reba fan is "the greatest man I never knew".

There are a couple that I can't find but I remember that I liked the lyrics to. Maybe someone here knows what I'm talking about. One was a song about superman. I know that sounds silly but it was actually a kind of emotional song. Something about him saying he's just a man and has feelings. Another is a country song that's basically about passing on a favor. The old play it forward theme. I just remember something about a waitress doing a favor a car breaking down and at the end it all comes to full circle.

There are more I like and I'll post them later.

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After regaining my ability to hear after 20 years of deafness. I learned that there is magic all around you. The simplest sounds that amazed me you probably ignore. Look and listen around you right now. You'll find something you didn't notice before.
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Just a few random thoughts:

Janis Ian At Seventeen (The only song that told the ABSOLUTE TRUTH when the rest of the world was full of Beach Boys happy-talk)

Marilyn & Alan Bergman's lovely lyrics to What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life

Jeff Majors "God's Gift" ("Each one is God's gift to the world ... there are no extra people, in a mansion or a ghetto...")

Tom Waits Potter's Field

Stan Rogers The Mary Ellen Carter ("No matter what you've lost, be it a home, a love, a friend, like the Mary Ellen Carter rise again.") and Lies

Jennifer Warnes (or Bette Midler) Song of Bernadette

Art Garfunkel Crying in my Sleep

And just for some demented/perverted fun (can't stop laughing) James McMurtry "Choctaw Bingo"
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Imagine - John Lennon (my top)

Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire
War Pigs - Black Sabbath
Hurricane - Bob Dylan
Blowin' in the Wind - Bob Dylan
Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
Diamonds from Sierra Leone - Kanye West (yea it's rap, but gets awareness of the place)
Such Great Heights - The Postal Service
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Under Pressure - Queen and David Bowie
Hyptonize - System of a Down
Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2

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I have so many, but I'll try
Imagine- Lennon (is this common with us dreamers or what?)
Eden- 10,000 maniacs
Gypsy- Suzanne Vega
Somewhere over the wonderful world- Isreal Kamakawiwo
Into the Dark - Death Cab for Cutie
Pure Imagination - Gene Wilder
When the Tigers Broke Free - Pink Floyd (and just about everything else they did)
Never Be the Same - Joanne Juskus (you can find her on myspace)
I Wanna Know - Heather Sykes
The Moon and St. Christopher - performed by Kate Rusby (anything she sings is beautiful)
Push Your Luck - Dar Williams
Forever - Ben Harper
Solsbury Hill - Peter Gabriel... oh heck... anything he does is good
Love Song - The Cure
Bread and Roses - sung by judy collins (women's sufferage and union movement song)
The Promise - Tracy Chapman
Under African Skys - Paul Simon
.... I'll stop before I overload the Café. I could go on all night
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Hi Ron,

The song you are talking about is called "Superman (it's not easy)" by a band called "five for fighting"

Trinket and I seem to have similar taste in music.

The lyrics to the who's "behind blue eyes" have always been a favorite, that and "Cat's in the cradle" by Harry Chapin.

I guess I'm getting old... What a drag it is getting old.
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Yes. There are tons.

Johnny Cash- "Man in Black", "Boy Named Sue"- don't think he wrote that, not sure, same goes for "One Piece at a Time" Smile

John Denver- pretty much all of his stuff, but I'll pick out a few: "This Old Guitar", "For You", "Matthew", "The Eagle and the Hawk", "Seasons of the Heart", "Amazon"...

Elvis Presley- he didn't write em but he sang em beautifully- so many "If I Can Dream", "Walk a Mile in my Shoes", "It's Over", "I'll Remember You", "Mary in the Morning", "How the Web was Woven"...

Lisa Marie Presley- "Raven"- Go on dry your eyes Hey you finally see me, hi And I see you And everything til now wasn't that bad really Beautiful lady, "Shine"- I'll
take care of the vultures with a glass of wine. love it! "So Lovely", "Nobody Noticed It."

Jewel- "Absence of Fear", "Angel Standing By"

many, many more. I might be back. Smile
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"When the Tigers Broke Free" by Floyd is a nice choice. I also really like "Hurricane" by Dylan, though he took EXTREME liberties (as did the filmmakers) in mischaracterizing the Rubin Carter case. Also...

"Through Different Eyes" - Fates Warning
"Heaven and Hell" - Black Sabbath
"Mr. Jones" - Counting Crows
"Lonely People" - Styx
"Subdivisions" and "Limelight" - Rush
"Diamonds and Rust" - Joan Baez
"You're So Vain" - Carly Simon
"The Tower" - Bruce Dickenson
"Revelations" -Iron Maiden
Sound of Silence" - Simon & Garfunkel
"Born to Run" - Bruce Springsteen
"Everybody Knows" - Leonard Cohen
"Questions" - Dramarama

And a few zillion others...
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

"...as we reason and love, we are able to hope. And hope enables us to resist those things that would enslave us."
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Mrs. Robinson - Simon and Garfunkel
The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkel (though original was Bob Dylan)
Piano Man - Billy Joel
Scenes from an Italian Restaurant - Billy Joel
Yellow - Coldplay
The Sound of Settling - Death Cab for Cutie
War - Edwin Starr
Signs - Five Man Electrical Band
Good People - Jack Johnson
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley (that song on shrek haha, but its a great song with good lyrics)
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zepplin

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I'll go along with "Hallelujah", magicman226. I like K.D Lang's take on it. Smile
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Wow. thanks everyone. Now I've got some music to "read". Keep them coming.

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After regaining my ability to hear after 20 years of deafness. I learned that there is magic all around you. The simplest sounds that amazed me you probably ignore. Look and listen around you right now. You'll find something you didn't notice before.
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If by Bread.
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"A Friend of the Devil", "Speedway Boogie", "Easy Wind" - Grateful Dead.

"Paradise By The Dashboard Light", "You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)" - Meat Loaf.

"White Rabbit" - Jefferson Airplane.

"Imagine" - Lennon.

"Laurie (Strange Things Happen)" - Lee Dickey.

...so many over the years.

"Keeping The Faith", "Easy Money" - Billy Joel.

"Dear Mr. Fantasy" , "40,000 Headmen" - Traffic.
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Quote:
On 2006-05-10 17:48, Jaz wrote:

"Dear Mr. Fantasy" - Traffic.




I like the John Bannon version.

Sorry. Someone had to say it first.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

"...as we reason and love, we are able to hope. And hope enables us to resist those things that would enslave us."
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On 2006-05-10 18:30, LobowolfXXX wrote:
Quote:
On 2006-05-10 17:48, Jaz wrote:

"Dear Mr. Fantasy" - Traffic.




I like the John Bannon version.

Sorry. Someone had to say it first.


I knew that was coming. Smile
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Anything written by Jim Croce.
Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly,
Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne'er come down again.
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Concur re: Croce. Also, pretty much the entire "August and Everything After" CD by Counting Crows
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

"...as we reason and love, we are able to hope. And hope enables us to resist those things that would enslave us."
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Got another vote for LMP- "Turned to Black" - 'Tell me did you think I'd fit you like a bonnet with a little flower on it...' Smile ahahahahahah Smile
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Jaxon, what an amazing post. You know, I personally listen to music for the music and not the lyrics. But a great song is good lyrics and good music. And today, there are so many songs that just rely on lyrics while having poor music behind it.

That being said, I do have a few songs that I like lyrically

IN YOUR EYES-Peter Gabriel (me and my wife's wedding song and song I proposed to her with--I copied the movie Say Anything. It was her favourite).

I'M IN A HURRY--Alabama Kinda relates to my hectic life at times

THEY WANT FX--Das EFX Just a fun song that revolves around tounge twisting lyrics at an incredible speed.

CHANGES--Tupac Actually a very intelligent song from a rapper.

COME WHAT MAY--Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman from the Moulin Rouge Soundtrack

NUTBOD/NOW UNTIL THE BREAK OF DAY--from Baz Luhrmann's Midsummer Night's Dream. I just like how the sung Shakespearian prose.

HALLELUJAH--Rufus Wainwright from the Shrek Soundtrack

MR CELLOPHANE--from Chicago soundtrack

MR. BOJANGLES--Sammy Davis Jr and a whole slew of others
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Listen to "Dust in the Wind", by Kansas....
"Go Browns!"
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What a wonderful world......Louis Armstrong

Baby Got Back........Sir Mix A Lot
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