The words flow from aching pens
That need somewhere to empty out,
It doesn’t matter that no one understands
What the yellow brick road may be
Or why Mars is bad for parenting
But somehow we all pin our sadness to
The lyrics sung with pain for us,
We’ve all had that click of the door
Closing behind him as he leaves
Or heard that earthy gasp as she finally slips away,
They just help us all to be more human for
The people that we love and hate,
In a world we know will never make much sense.
I always wonder what artists were thinking about or what they were going through when they wrote specific lyrics. I know that Elton John had a lot of his lyrics written for him but his songs are always particularly poignant for me.
The funny thing is that we all attach meaning to song lyrics dependent on what we have been through. A song that reminds someone of a break up could be all about finding love for somebody else. I mean, what is the yellow brick road? Is it good or bad that we are saying goodbye to it? It really depends on what you are going through when you listen.
I guess it comes from my love of literature, picking any words apart and trying to understand what they meant when they were written. I bet there are some pretty amazing stories behind some lyrics that we will never come to know…. but, oh, how I wish we did.