Booking Through Thursday: Lyrics

January 15, 2009

I keep forgetting to check out Booking Through Thursday each week.  But this week I remembered!  Here’s the question:

  • What songs … either specific songs, or songs in general by a specific group or writer … have words that you love?
  • Why?
  • And … do the tunes that go with the fantastic lyrics live up to them?

Wow, there are so many!  Here are a few off the top of my head.

  1. “Moon Over Bourbon Street” by Sting. I thought it was just another song until I realized that it was about Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, which was my favorite book at the time.   Excellent job of capturing Louis’ anguish (“I must love what I destroy and destroy the thing I love”).  The music?  Meh.  It’s okay.
  2. “All Right” by Mercy Me. Wow.  No matter how bad I may feel or what’s troubling me, this song gives me some great perspective.  “There’s a love much stronger than everything that holds you down right now sayin’ ooh ooh you know it’s gonna be alright” and “Count it pure joy when the world comes crashin’  — hold your head up and keep on dancin’.” And the music is appropriately upbeat and happy.  You can’t help but feel good when you hear this song!
  3. “Boondocks” by Little Big Town.  It’s taken me a loooong time to appreciate my small town roots.  So the chorus of this song is particularly meaningful to me.  “It’s where I learned about living, It’s where I learned about love, It’s where I learned about working hard, And having a little was just enough. It’s where I learned about Jesus, And knowing where I stand. You can take it or leave it — this is me, This is who I am.” The music is perfect for the words — homey and comfortable.
  4. “The Wonderful Cross.” This is one of the most beautiful worship songs I’ve ever heard and will always be one of my favorites.  “O the wonderful cross Bids me come and die and find that I may truly live… Love so amazing, so divine Demands my soul, my life, my all.” As for the music, I haven’t really much paid attention to it because the words are so powerful.


  1. Forgot about Sting. Ten Summoner’s Tales was awesome.

  2. I love Little Big Town! I’m not from a small town, but my husband is and it’s completely accurate!

  3. Moon over Bourbon Street is a good one! Shadows in the Rain also.

  4. Sting!!! 😀

  5. I said there were so many possibilities! Everyone makes me think of another! Marvin Gaye, “Mercy, Mercy, Me”.

  6. I overlooked Sting too. I’m going to have to fix that. “Fields of Gold”!!! How could I forget?

    ~ nite swimming ~

  7. Moon Over Bourbon Street. Does it get any more atmospheric than that. Such a cracking song – excellent choice!

  8. LOL at Moon over Bourbon Street…I had the exact same reaction when I found out about the meaning. Were you 20 years old and in college at the time, too?

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