Leave a comment

Clever Lyricists

I have somewhat of an undying appreciation and admiration for clever lyricists. There’s a huge amount of talent behind some of my favourite lyrics which are then combined with music, which is yet more admirable to make it musical. Some of my favourite lyrics are really wordy dictionary-digging type stuff and others are just great because they contain some slang or even invented words to get the point across. Here’s some of my favourite lines as spat by lead singers across the world.

A Cautionary Tale / The Decemberists / Colin Meloy

With dirty hands and trousers torn
They grapple until she’s safe within their keeping
A gag is placed between her lips
To keep her sorry tongue from any speaking, or screaming

Deliciously dark and morbid. Colin Meloy’s lyrics in this particular shanty tell the story of a mother who prostitutes by moonlight to the local sailors in order to feed her bastard child. The child, we discover is being told the story because they often refuse the food her hard work puts on the table.

Crying Lighting / Arctic Monkeys / Alex Turner

Outside the café by the cracker factory,
You were practising a magic trick,
And my thoughts got rude, as you talked and chewed,
On the last of your pick and mix.

Alex Turner’s lyrics often ooze sex in an unobvious way. Crying Lighting seems to be obsessed with imagery of sweet things and a comfrontation with a dominating character who Alex confesses to having rude thoughts about. Mixed with the charm and lilt of Turner’s accent, the lyrics find a life of their own not possible if say, Cliff Richard tried to sing them.

Folk Singer / Brendan Benson

It was fun while it lasted until it was blasted
Right out of the water and into fantastic
Now he feels shafted and she’s already past it
She’s like elastic and he’s so spastic

Benson’s lyrics often show the fragility of a moment but this verse from Folk Singer portrays Benson as just being plain pissed off. A middle finger to the loose woman he spent wasted time bothering with. Nice.

You’re So Damn Hot / OK Go / Damian Kulash

So now you’re headed to your car.
You say it’s dinner with your sister, sweetie.
But darling look at how you’re dressed. Your best suggests
another kind of guest.

The sarcasm, bitchiness and pure critique of the target’s motives are what make me love this verse from OK Go’s You’re so Damn Hot. In recent times the band have become more of a fad with their music videos but the tracks from their first album (self titled) are pure bubblegum rock and catchy as hell.


About @seanearley

Twenty-something wannabe hipster. Head of Creative at New/Slang. Food rambler at Cluch.ie. Keen on Social Media. Advertising geek. Photo taker. Doodle drawer. Optimistic Pessimist. Chocoholic.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Frances Macken

I'm a writer reading for a Masters in Creative Writing at Oxford University, and working on two novels. Whew! Follow me for posts on studying creative writing, writer inspiration, book and audiobook reviews.


The Random Ramblings of a Journalism Student

Thought Catalog

Thought Catalog is a digital youth culture magazine dedicated to your stories and ideas.

make a powerful point

about PowerPoint, presenting, slides and visualization.

Not Junk Food

Tasty, easy recipes

Niamh Smith

Thoughts, reviews, bits & bobs


i take photos of street art with my phone and post them up here

Hunter PR

It's about keeping your brand fresh and interesting

Rick O'Shea

RTE Broadcaster, Book Pusher, Event Host


nice simple things i love by orla mc donagh

Gremlins In The System

Odd Radio Humour. Probably


As if I don't have enough else to be doing



Greg Canty Fuzion Blog

Partner of Fuzion Communications, Marketing & PR


Views on Cork, Ireland and the world


Irish for Movies

Stop The Lights

Words on music by Bryan O'Hanlon

News of The Curd

supper@newsofthecurd.com the last thursday, friday and saturday of each month we cook up a menu of seasonal irish produce


Just another WordPress.com site

She Writes Food

Cheese, Chocolate and Champagne. The passionate pursuit for the best of Irish food.

SusieQ on the 212

A topnotch WordPress.com site

A blog by Philip Ellis

Things I love; rugby, triathlons, travel, music and social media. So why not write about them

there's something of the night about him...


Shoot First Ask Questions Later

there's something of the night about him...


there's something of the night about him...

On The Record

there's something of the night about him...

EG | Social

info@endaguinan.com +44 (0) 7593 743929


there's something of the night about him...

Swear I'm Not Paul

Irish Music News and Reviews


there's something of the night about him...

%d bloggers like this: