Lyrics Hack

by on March 10, 2015

Sometimes when I listen to music, I get caught up in the beats and rhythms that I forget to pay attention to the lyrics. Of course I hear them, but I’m not really listening. Well here are a few surprising lyric hacks that will make you pay more attention to the content of your music.

1. “Power” by Kanye West utilizes a brief sample from the British rock band King Crimson’s, The track is called “21st Century Schizoid Man,” which according to Genius was a criticism of the Vietnamese war and the political grounds of this war. Making “Power” more politically-enthused than we thought.

2. “Human” by The Killers has one of the catchiest, yet confusing hooks. But as mind-boggling as the lyrics may be, they are ironically inspired from a quote by journalist, Hunger S. Thompson, “We’re raising a generation of dancers.” The context of that quote was a criticism of the next generation of Americans who he believed to be too structural or refined, as opposed to being free and out of their comfort zones.

3. “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner was one of her most famous performances. But what is the song actually saying? The track was originally performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival in which the songwriter, John Fogerty was reminiscent about a washerwoman named Mary. The music reminded him of a paddle wheel and the Mississippi River, and quickly Mary took on the role of a boat, instead of a washerwoman. So the song is essentially about a woman-turned-boat sailing on the Mississippi River.

What lyrics were a surprise to you?