Last week in Tweetville, I was having a discussion with musician Andrew Boyd about song lyrics. Specifically, to come up with some lyrics I thought were really good. Those tweets bring us to the taste of the day.
Now as someone who started trying to interpret lyrics the first time I heard Simon & Garfunkel sing "The Sounds of Silence," words in music are a subject in which I take great enjoyment.
"Fat man sitting on a little stool,
takes the money from my hand
while his eyes take a walk all over you."
So begins the visual artistry of "Tunnel of Love" by Bruce Springsteen. For my money, an opening line doesn't get much more picturesque than that.
"Then the lights go out and it's just the three of us
you and me and all that stuff we're so scared of
Gotta ride down baby, into this tunnel of love."
So now, we know we're not talking carnival ride.
"There's a room with shadows that gets so dark brother,
It's easy for two people to lose each other
in this tunnel of love."
Now if you have followed Bruce over the years, you'll remember this CD came out about the time his first marriage fell apart. The entire album references issues of loss of trust, loss of communication and loss of commitment. Personally, I think this is one of his best written songs and one of his best written records.
"Ought to be easy, ought to be simple enough
Man meets woman and they fall in love.
But this house is haunted and the ride gets rough.
You've got to learn to live with what you can't rise above
If you want to ride on down,
Down in through this tunnel of love."
Funny, how this is the song I pick for the day after Valentine's.
Just don't go trying to interpret that.
Please feel free to leave your thoughts on great lyrics in the comment area. This could be fun.