Monday, April 27, 2009

I'm a man, without conviction, I'm a man, who doesn't know.. How to sell a contradiction: You come and go, You come and go.

-Karma Chameleon by Culture Club.

Contradiction. Paradox. Rhetoric. Oxymorons. Have you ever stopped to think about the beauty of paradox, irony and contradiction in language? Why express in simple words if it can be constructed within a contradiction? It immediately makes you sit up and think.

Think about it.
  • I think I've caught a fever. How do I describe it? It makes me feel hot and cold and the same time.
  • A cold fever.
Playing with language has always fascinated me. And I'm yet to find the perfect song that plays with words. Some have come very close, though.

  1. Suzie Q- Creedence Clearwater
  2. Am I wrong- Keb 'Mo'
  3. Sorry- Maria Mena
  4. Yellow Submarine-Beatles
  5. Babe I'm gonna leave you- Led Zep
  6. Bigger Stronger Faster- Coldplay
  7. Alright- Madeliene Peyroux
  8. Magic Man- Heart
  9. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova- Falling Slowly.
  10. I'm your Man- Leonard Cohen
  11. Superstition- Stevie Wonder
  12. Crazy- Gnarls Barkley
  13. Pink Bullets- The Shins
  14. Trouble- Ray Lamontagne
  15. Stormy Monday- Eva Cassidy
  16. Somebody to love- Queen
  17. Gone in the morning- Newton Faulker
More later. I am going to swoon, croon over these for the time being.

P.s- Too lazy to post youtube links. Take my word, every song is worth atleast one listen. They're not my favorites, but they are pretty darn fab. And my favorite genre of music isn't included in this list, apart from keb mo, because their lyrics are not as beauitful as the melodies. Prove me wrong, someone! Hurry!!!

6 comments:

v said...

Oh, I'm with you on Magic Man, Superstition and Somebody To Love.


Ganja Babe has it's own way of playing with words.

"A" said...

Never heard any of these songs.

But Keb Mo's got the blues thing going on for him! Liked the whole album actually, especially 'soon as i get paid'


(hopefully will listen to some on that list now! :-P )

S said...

V: Ganja babe reminds me of you for some reason!

A: You must! These songs will definitely make you sit up. And I'm a huge fan of the blues, my fav Keb Mo song would be Dangerous Mood :) But Am I wrong had the best lyric!

v said...

You suggested I listen to it long ago, genius!

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