Songs About Books
So this idea came to me, as they usually do, right when I was in the middle of an unrelated something else. It’s Sting’s fault. Well, all the Police, really.
See, I was listening to Don’t Stand So Close To Me, and he mentions Nabokov’s Lolita, and I thought to myself “hey, self, I wonder if there are more songs that mention/or are about books!” Which naturally led to “You could make a mixed CD of those songs!” Because that’s how my brain works.
So I sat me down and wrote a list of everything I could think of in this vein, and then I got online and found not only confirmation of my own memory, but also a few more I hadn’t considered!
So here’s my mix idea, I even gave it a title. Now, I haven’t actually burned this to CD yet, so it may need adjusting, removing a few tracks (I know the Maiden is long). Oh, and I put the relevant book title/author in brackets…
Mixed Media: Songs About Books/Authors
Mastodon – Blood And Thunder (Herman Melville, Moby Dick)
Iron Maiden – Rime Of The Ancient Mariner (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
Metallica – For Whom The Bell Tolls (Ernest Hemingway)
Ryan Adams – Sylvia Plath
Bruce Springsteen – The Ghost Of Tom Joad (John Steinbeck, The Grapes Of Wrath)
Dire Straits – Romeo And Juliet (William Shakespeare)
Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil (Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master And Margherita)
Iron Maiden – Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Led Zeppelin – The Battle Of Evermore (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord Of The Rings)
Feist – Brandy Alexander (Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters)
Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me (Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita)
Sting – Moon Over Bourbon Street (Anne Rice, Interview With The Vampire
Green Day – Who Wrote Holden Caulfield? (J.D. Salinger, The Catcher In The Rye)
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Yertle The Turtle (Dr. Seuss)
Dashboard Confessional – Ender Will Save Us All (Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game)
David Bowie – 1984 (George Orwell)
There are also a few songs I thought of that weren’t specifically about a particular book, perhaps, but were worthy of mention:
Beatles – Paperback Writer
Moxy Früvous – My Baby Loves A Bunch Of Authors
Sloan – Autobiography (SLOOOOAAAANNN!!)
Rodgers & Hart (I know it by Harry Connick, Jr.) – I Could Write A Book
Now, surely, there are a zillion others. Drop a comment with your additions and lets make the list even larger, yeah? Cool idea. Accepting all suggestions!
Maybe we could even make it a 2-CD set! GIVE ‘ER!