Song Lyrics as Poetry

I was thinking once again about song lyrics and their close connection with poetry. It’s a useful exercise to remove prejudice by looking at things in a different light or even by shifting preconceptions,by pretending that an art work,piece of writing,dress,shoe,car,motor bike has been created by a different artist,designer or factory. 

                             

Read the poem below,and,if I fib and tell you that it was written by a 4th century Sufi mystic prophet who preached a policy of non-violence,free of all possessions including a home,living at one with nature by wandering the land,then you’ll see it differently to what it really is……

 
 
 
Wherever I May Roam

…and the road becomes my bride
I have stripped of all but pride
So in her I do confide
And she keeps me satisfied
Gives me all I need

…and with dust in throat I crave
Only knowledge will I save
To the game you stay a slave
Rover wanderer
Nomad vagabond
Call me what you will

But I’ll take my time anywhere
Free to speak my mind anywhere
And I’ll redefine anywhere
Anywhere I may roam
Where I lay my head is home

…and the earth becomes my throne
I adapt to the unknown
Under wandering stars I’ve grown
By myself but not alone
I ask no one

…and my ties are severed clean
The less I have the more I gain
Off the beaten path I reign
Rover wanderer
Nomad vagabond
Call me what you will

But I’ll take my time anywhere
I’m free to speak my mind anywhere
And I’ll never mind anywhere
Anywhere I may roam
Where I lay my head is home

But I’ll take my time anywhere
Free to speak my mind
And I’ll take my find anywhere
Anywhere I may roam
Where I lay my head is home

Carved upon my stone
My body lie, but still I roam
Wherever I may roam

 
 Heavy Metal fans might have recognised it as this :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oKqEWxia9Y
The lyrics describe the roaming life of a musician on the road,travelling from gig to gig on a concert tour very well – while conveying an existential view of the world. Written by Metallica’s lead singer James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich,you wouldn’t look at these two characters and think they were poets,now would you ?
Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield

Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield

 
Magnificent stuff,but most folk who are prejudiced against such a style of music simply wouldn’t listen to the words. It’s amazing how much we miss,isn’t it ?
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