Lyrics and songwriting

Gangsta-rap songwriting

PDF, 135 pages, for sale soon Gangsta-rap songwriting analysis We continue our panorama of narrative cultures, with an analysis of some of the most interesting rap lyrics of the last 30 years, from the US and UK. Gangsta-rap, gangster rap, refers to a whole body of works and artists from the 1980s and 1990s, from […]

Crystal Castles – Alice Practice – Lyrics analysis, interpretation and meaning

Read the Songwriting – Lyrics analysis About Alice Practice Alice Practice was the first track ever released by Crystal Castles – it actually came from a casting of the singer/songwriter Alice Glass on the music of Ethan Kath (the two members of Crystal Castles), and the sound engineer secretly recorded her soundcheck. This lead to […]

Suzanne Vega – Luka – Lyrics analysis, interpretation and meaning

Read the Songwriting – Lyrics analysis  Luka – Music video Suzanne Vega – Luka – Lyrics Verse 1 My name is Luka I live on the second floor I live upstairs from you Yes I think you’ve seen me before Bridge + Chorus 1 If you hear something late at night Some kind of trouble, […]

Nirvana Dumb Lyrics analysis, interpretation and meaning

Read the Songwriting – Lyrics analysis About Dumb Dumb is the 6th track of Nirvana‘s third and last studio album In Utero (DGC Records, 1993). The album production was funny enough to be told here: Nirvana worked with producer Steve Albini, known as a very opinionated guy in indie music industry. Nirvana and Albini agreed […]

Nirvana – Lithium – Lyrics analysis, interpretation and meaning

Read the Songwriting – Lyrics analysis About Lithium Lithium is the 5th track of Nirvana‘s second studio album Nevermind (DGC Records, 1993). Music video Song lyrics Verse 1 I’m so happy ’cause today I’ve found my friends…” They’re in my head I’m so ugly, but that’s okay, ’cause so are you… We broke our mirrors […]

The Doors – The End – Lyrics analysis, interpretation and meaning

Read the Songwriting – Lyrics analysis The End‘s lyrics shows great ways to tell stories through suggestion, association and poetry, playing on contrasts and echoes between alternate themes and situations. In this article, I’ll try to show what is The end by The doors about from a literary and dramatic point of view. This is […]

Ms. Dynamite – It takes more – Lyrics analysis, interpretation and meaning

Read the Songwriting – Lyrics analysis About Ms. Dynamite – It takes more This song is Ms. Dynamite‘s debut single from her first studio album A Little Deeper (Polydor, 2002). Ms. Dynamite, born Niomi Arleen MacLean-Daley, is a rap/hip-hop/R&B singer from UK. Two versions of the song were released, the album version and the radio […]

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Mercy – Lyrics analysis, interpretation and meaning

Read the Songwriting – Lyrics analysis Story analysis of the lyrics of the song “Mercy” by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds “Mercy” is the 5th track on the 5th studio album Tender Prey (Muter Records, 1988) by the band Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds. The credits of the song are: Nick Cave – […]

Nick Cave and the bad seeds – Where The Wild Roses Grow – Lyrics analysis, interpretation and meaning

Read the Songwriting – Lyrics analysis Nick Cave and the bad seeds ft Kylie Minogue – Where The Wild Roses Grow – Lyrics analysis, interpretation and meaning This song, a duo featuring Kylie Minogue for who Nick Cave wrote the lyrics, was released on Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds‘ 9th studio album Murder Ballads […]

La Ballade of Lady And Bird – Keren Ann & Bardi Johannsson – Lyrics analysis, interpretation and meaning

Read the Songwriting – Lyrics analysis La Ballade of Lady & Bird, written in English although its title is partly in French (La Ballade means the ballad, obviously), is the fruit of a collaboration between Keren Ann and Bardi Johannson and was released on Keren Ann’s album Lady and Bird (2005, EMI). You can listen […]