88 Lines about 44 Books? Or something like that.
November 17, 2010 12:05 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for snippets of song lyrics that reference authors, books, or reading, and I'm looking for ones that can (more or less) stand on their own outside the context of the song.
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After years of working at a bookstore, I've got a pretty good collection of book-related songs. However, for a holiday project I'm working on, I need smaller pieces that look good all by themselves.
Here are some examples:
"The first time that I met her
I was convinced I'd finally found the one.
She was convinced that I was under the influence
of all those drunken romantics.
I was reading Fante at the time,
I had Bukowski on the mind."
The Good Life-Album of the Year
(this one's probably too long for what I'm looking for).
"Got an armchair from your family home.
Got your P.G. Wodehouse novels, and your telephone.
Got your plates and stainless steel.
Got that way of never saying what you really feel."
"I saw familiar passengers walking past me
And you called up the calvary
It was so easy and it was so hard
You were clutching your copy of Kierkegaard."
The Mountain Goats-Terminal Grain
(I love the Mt.Goats, but this one doesn't make too
much sense outside of the song itself.)
"And you read your Emily Dickinson,
And I my Robert Frost,
And we note our place with bookmarkers.
That measure what we've lost."
Simon and Garfunkel-Dangling Conversation
(This one's just about the perfect length.)
Since these will each be individual pieces going out to a variety of people, a large variety of song snippets is welcome!