Book and Theme from Song Title or Lyrics

Popular songs are poems, and their titles and included lines and phrases are often the starting point for popular fiction. They don't have to be great or even good songs--or books for that matter, just illustrations of the power incantation holds for popular discourse.
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Comments Showing 1-7 of 7 (7 new)

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message 1: by Seth (new)

Seth I take it books by musicians are off limits? Especially ones collecting their poetry or lyrics? Seems like they should be, but several jumped to mind immediately.


message 2: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Seth wrote: "I take it books by musicians are off limits? Especially ones collecting their poetry or lyrics? Seems like they should be, but several jumped to mind immediately."

There is a list for Song Books, but I'm trying here to get at the notion--held by some question writers--that "songs" are inconsequential and somehow different in kind from "poems" even "lyric poems"...Did you know you can sing any Emily Dickinson poem to "The Yellow Rose of Texas"...not that I recommend it.


message 3: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Canary wrote: "What about the theme from The Mission? does that one count?"

One gorgeous piece of music....but does it have a lyric ?


message 4: by Ben (new)

Ben Very interesting. It's the reverse of the list below:
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/67...


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads A curiosity of the song "Tender is the Night" - written long after the book!


message 6: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Susanna wrote: "A curiosity of the song "Tender is the Night" - written long after the book!"

Well, first there's John Keats' Ode to a Nightingale.


message 7: by Angelique (new)

Angelique How about "I never promised you a rose garden" by Hannah Green?


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