The Poetry of Song Lyrics

Posted on March 3, 2008. Filed under: General Information | Tags: , , |

We will be covering a unit on poetry in the near future, but before we begin I’d love to get a conversation going about some of your favorite song lyrics. Below are a few excerpts from some of my favorites.  Please respond to them or post your own favorites.

Miss Morris  🙂


In the rain,

The pavement shines like silver.

All the lights,

Are misty in the river.

-from “On My Own” from the musical Les Miserables 

I chose these lines because I think the simile comparing the pavement to silver is beautiful and it creates a vivid image in my mind when I read the lines. MM

Moving in silent desperation

Keeping an eye on the Holy Land

A hypothetical destination

Say, who is this walking man? 

-from “Walking Man” by James Taylor

In these lines, I especially love the concept of a “hypothetical destination.”  What does that mean? MM

Imagine no posessions

I wonder if you can

No need for greed or hunger

A brother hood of man

Sharing all the world 

You may say that I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will live as one 

-from “Imagine” by John Lennon 


I just think that these words are so inspirational and I really like the idea of a “brotherhood of man.” MM

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