Friday, February 4, 2011

My Favorite Songs That Were Inspired by Literature

     Music is awesome but do you know what makes it more awesome? When it is inspired by fantastic works of literature. So here are a few of my favorite songs that were inspired by

1. Oscar Wilde by Company of Thieves
     If you really pay attention to the lyrics of this song, it's easy to realize that it paralells the idea of The Picture of Dorian Gray. Example: "Porcelain teacups decorate/Tables and the conversation/Beauty pageants, all the time/It’s running out, the time is running out."

2. Hug Me by Meg & Dia
     This song conveys a lot of the same ideas that the book Brave New World by Aldous Huxley conveys and it even references the title: "I can't lie, I was brainwashed to be honest. In this brave new world that slowly passes by."

3. Oedipus by Regina Spektor
    Obviously this song is about the famous play by Sophocles of the same name. Just like the play some of this song's lyrics are hauntingly disturbing but the music is beautiful and that's why I love it.

4. Don't Stand So Close To Me by The Police
   This song is a classic and I'm sure that most of you have heard it before but what you may not know is that it is based on Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. These lyrics make it kind of obvious: "Its no use, he sees her/He starts to shake and cough/Just like the old man in/That book by Nabakov."

5. White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane
    Just read these lyrics and take a wild guess as to which famous book this song refers to: "One pill makes you larger/And one pill makes you small/And the ones that mother gives you/Don't do anything at all/Go ask Alice/When she's ten feet tall."

6. On My Own from Les Miserables
     Although this song is from a musical based on the book Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, I still think it counts. This song is sung by the character of Eponine and conveys her unrequited love for Marius who is in love with someone else. It is so sad but also amazingly beautiful.

7. In Her Tomb By The Surrounding Sea by Alesana
    The title of this song refers to the last line of the poem Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe and the lyrics convey the same story of Poe's famous poem.

Here you can listen to all of the songs that were mentioned above:

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    Do you have any songs that you love that were inspired by works of literature? Which one of these songs is your favorite?