I've been looking to no avail for research into the content of song lyrics re-enforcing ideas like a mantra in the mind. Does anyone know of any research into this?
We learn by repetition so one would imagine the brain isn't selective. Brand re-enforcement advertising works this way so lyrical content should too?
posted by debord
on Feb 26, 2014 -
I'm looking for songs which mention/ can be interpreted to mention self-harm, but in which SH isn't their focus.
Examples of what I'm looking for inside. They don't have to be any specific genre or mood, it's the lyrics I'm interested.
Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Braeburn
on Oct 10, 2013 -
My Dad remembers a song he used to sing when he was a kid.
The chorus, if his memory serves well, goes something like this:
Dear John, I think the world of you,
But I'm in love with someone new.
I could marry one but I can't marry two,
So farewell to you, dear John.
I've included the complete song below. Anyway, I'm wondering if this was every sung by a famous or notable singer? Are there any notable recordings? Can anyone provide any more information about it?
Many thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by stuehler
on Jun 17, 2013 -
A friend is organising an event about protecting children from child abuse.
Most cases where a child dies from abuse or is significantly harmed show a lack of professionals actually listening to the child - this event is to encourage agencies working with these children to listen more and listen better.
She needs music (for background, as people are arriving and in between speakers) with a message of listening and hearing. There's lots of promising song titles out there but most are obviously about lost loves.
Can anybody recommend some great songs which may fit the bill? Bonus points for songs likely to be familiar in the UK!
posted by razzman
on May 18, 2013 -
Songfilter: I heard this pop song in a mall a couple of months ago and its memoryworming me in a particularly annoying way. The singer addresses a nerdy/geeky boy she knew in high school and essentially apologizes for the bad treatment he got from her and her popular friends. (At least in my memory its a girl singing. Could be wrong.) Seems like it should be Taylor Swift or something but googling lyrics is killing me and everyone I know is too old to ask.
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy
on Apr 8, 2013 -
A friend told me his baby was soothed quickly & consistently by Neutral Milk Hotel's "Oh Comely", despite its seemingly wildly inappropriate lyrics. What other songs have worked well as baby lullabies despite their actual meaning? [more inside]
posted by davebug
on Dec 22, 2012 -
What does this Egyptian Arabic song mean in English?
Listen to the song here
Thanks! : )
posted by thatgirl1985
on Nov 2, 2012 -
My family has an ongoing joke about finding the Christmas spider. Help me find songs that mention spiders! [more inside]
posted by dorey_oh
on Oct 1, 2012 -
Songs with unreliable narrators?
posted by Trurl
on Apr 14, 2012 -
Help me revel in the splendour of Canada. I'm looking for songs that reference Canadian provinces/territories by name. [more inside]
posted by kanata
on Feb 28, 2012 -
Can you give me examples of riddle songs, or more information about riddle songs? [more inside]
posted by bq
on Aug 22, 2011 -
I would like to find more songs with lyrics that express life philosophies in terms of food. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee
on May 24, 2011 -
Help me find songs about love or close friendship that contain lyrics about something other than the feeeeeelings
the couple has for each another. [more inside]
posted by Gori Girl
on Apr 28, 2011 -
Please tell me all the versions of "Here Comes the Bride" that you know - the sillier, the better. [more inside]
posted by peagood
on Dec 7, 2010 -
NameThatTuneFilter: heard a song earlier tonight while trying on shirts at Nordstrom Rack. Meant to Google the lyrics. Promptly forgot. Am now heartbroken. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew
on Nov 29, 2010 -
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. [more inside]
posted by redsparkler
on Nov 17, 2010 -
This is incredibly vague, but metafilter is equally helpful for stuff like this! I heard a song with a male singer and the chorus was something like "I want to hear a symphony" and then how he wanted more out of life or a relationship. [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot
on Nov 10, 2010 -
There was a cowgirl fair who road across the prairie; she rode side saddle and her front name was Mary. Obscure folk/children song lyrics...can you fill in the blanks? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissCranky
on Sep 22, 2010 -
Ridiculously little to go on, I know, but do you know what song this is?
The artist is similar sounding to The National and the main refrain is "I Love You". [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee
on Feb 15, 2010 -
There is a song I've heard on Pandora that is clever and funny and about cybersex. One attribute I recall is that the singer (male) rhymes something
with the lyrics, "semicolon parenthesis." [more inside]
posted by Nonce
on Dec 14, 2009 -
I'm trying to track down a song I remember hearing on the local college station about 10 years ago (WDBM in East Lansing, MI). I think some of the lyrics were along the lines of "Consider / all the carrots you've been fed / and now they're your ______ ______ / And consider"....etc. I'm 95% sure it was a guy singing, and I think the song had something to do with being led through life by "carrots" of dubious merit. Google hasn't yielded the answer - thanks!
posted by splendid animal
on Feb 3, 2009 -
I am interested in hearing more music with multiple vocals going on at once, with an effect like singing "Row, row, row, your boat" in the round except not with the "in the round" structure. Two examples are within. [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim
on Dec 23, 2008 -
I rarely pay attention to lyrics in a song - when I do, it's usually because of strong imagery or a really twisted message. I'd love to find songs now based on lyric recommendations - what are your favorites? Powerful, or hidden, or just especially memorable. And not limited to any particular genre nor subject, either. I just want songs that will make me pause and think over what I heard, rather than go "Ahh, pretty sounds!"
posted by Bakuun
on Dec 18, 2008 -
Where the streets have no name. A horse with no name. What I really want to say, I can't define.
What other songs try to evoke the wordless and undefinable?
posted by Tlogmer
on Jul 17, 2008 -
I am desperate to find the title of a song I know little about. Could someone please take a minute of their day/evening to help me identify this song? It would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by repoman
on Apr 27, 2008 -
I'm trying to put together a list of the happiest sounding songs with the saddest lyrics... can you help? [more inside]
posted by twiggy
on Apr 18, 2008 -
I want to Listen to the Rhythm of the Falling Rain. Or more accurately, make a CD mix of rain songs. [more inside]
posted by dawson
on Feb 1, 2008 -
I'm writing a puzzle for an online game, and trying to think of songs in which the lyrics include words being spelled out... [more inside]
posted by rifflesby
on Aug 7, 2006 -
MySQL/PHPmyAdmin for a band: How do I easily create a repository of lyrics that can be brought in for multiple albums? [more inside]
posted by Brainy
on Jul 17, 2006 -
Songs that prominently feature insects, spiders, or other terrestrial arthropods in the lyrics, but do not mention them in the title (thereby escaping my searches). [more inside]
posted by Eothele
on Mar 18, 2006 -
Has anyone heard this (incredibly strange) song before? (Lyrics only.) [more inside]
posted by Jofus
on Nov 17, 2005 -
I'm compiling a list of misunderstood song lyrics as a gift for a friend who has an obsession with, well, misunderstood song lyrics. [...] [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie
on Jan 28, 2005 -
Musicfilter: does anyone know the name of the new Ying Yang Twins song where the guy is whispering? It's sort of the exception that proves the rule, if you know what I mean.
posted by symbebekos
on Dec 24, 2004 -