Jack and Diane
By John Mellencamp. About growing up, the end of childhood innocence, and coming to terms with the realities and responsibilities of adulthood. "...Oh yeah life goes on long after the thrill of livin' is gone...Hold on to sixteen as long as you can. Changes comin' round real soon make us women and men..."
Jack Daniels, If You Please
By David Allan Coe. References made to substance abuse, delirium tremens, and using alcohol as a way to cope with pressures. "...Jack Daniels...You can kill the pain that's driving me insane...Cigarettes and whiskey calm my shaking hands..."
Jack In The Green
By Jethro Tull. From the encyclopedia of the Celts: "Jack in the Green" is known as "The Hidden One". He was a woodland spirit who like the Wild Herdsmen guarded the greenwood. He appears in many kinds of folk art as a multi-foliate head peering through the keaves. "Have you seen the jack in the green? With his long tail hanging down. He sits quietly under every tree...He wears the colors of the summer soldier, carries the green flag all winter long..."
By Steve Miller Band. Song is about actual events that occured in Jackson, Mississippi and
Jack The Ripper
By Motorhead. About infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper who rose to prominence in the 1880's in
By Fred Small. An animal and environmental awareness song. "...The chain saw is whining the bulldozer roars Monkeys are screeching in flight The spires of the Arawak cut down at one blow Where will the jaguar go?..."
By Traditional Irish. About James Connolly who originally founded the Irish Socialist Republican Party in 1896 and was a significant figure in the reformation of Irish labor laws. He was executed by a firing squad on May 12, 1916. "...He went to his death like a true son of
By The Eagles. A tribute to the great actor James Dean, the original "rebel"who lived fast and died young. "... You were the low down rebel if there ever was, even if you had no cause...You were too fast to live, too young to die, bye bye."
James K. Polk
By They Might Be Giants. About our 11th President, James K. Polk, (1845-49). Reference to expansionist policies, annexation of Mexican land, and Manifest Destiny.
Janie's Got A Gun
By Aerosmith. A girl who was the victim of an incestuous relationship gets revenge by killing her father."...Janie's got a gun. Whole world's come undun. From lookin' straight at the sun. What did her daddy do? What did he put her through? They said that when Janie was arrested they found him underneath a train. But man he had it comin'. Now that Janie's got a gun, things are never gonna be the same..."
By Country Joe and the Fish. Song was written about rock star Janis Joplin whom the artist was involved with at the time. "Into my life on waves of electrical sound and flashing light she came. Into my life with the twist of a dial. The wave of her hand and the warmth of her smile..."
By David Bowie. Cyrinda Foxe-Tyler (ex-wife of Aerosmith's Steven Tyler) was known as the inspiration for this song, "...A small Jean Genie snuck off to the city Strung out on lasers and slash back plazas...Talking bout Monroe and walking on Snow White New York's a go-go and everything tastes right...She loves him, she loves him but just for a short while She'll scratch in the sand, won't let go his hand...He's outrageous, he screams and he bawls Jean Genie let yourself go!..."
Jennifer Lost The War
By Offspring. About loss of innocence and societal apathy or indifference regarding children who are subject to abuse, brutality, and become victims of violence. "...But nobody really cares today, the world's a busy place...I guess we're all just soldiers. She was only 6 years old. Left to die by strangers...But the morning headlines even say that it's a shame . What are we headin' for? Jennifer lost the war..."
By Pearl Jam. This song was inspired by actual events. Deals with a variety of social issues including depression, alienation, bullying, brutality, isolation and teen violence . On
By Saxon. Inspired by the Old Testament story where the Israelites defeated and overtook the city of
By The Pogues. Song is about legendary outlaw Jesse James. "Jesse James...Has killed many a man. He robbed the union trains. He stole from the rich and gave to the poor..."
By Ry Cooder. About American bandit and outlaw Jesse James. Member of the notorious James Gang. "Jesse James we understand has killed many a man. He robbed the Union trains but history does record that Bob and Charlie Ford have laid Jesse James in his grave..."
Jesus Died For You
By Charlie Daniels Band. Song deals with faith and spirituality. "...You may be drunk or hooked on dope. Believe me brother you still got hope. 'Cause Jesus died for you...Maybe you ain't got a dime You're standing in the welfare line...You still got hope..."
Jesus He Knows Me
By Genesis. About the crooked practices that certain hypocritical televangelists have taken part in. "...Won't find me practicing what I'm preaching. Won't find me making no sacrifice. But I can get you a pocketful of miracles if you promise to be good, try to be nice. God will take good care of you. Just do as I say, don't do as I do..."
By The Almanac Singers. About the post Civil War laws created to deny equal rights to freed slaves and also keep blacks and whites segregated. The term Jim Crow came from a black character in minstrel shows. "...This is a land we call our own. Why does the Negro ride alone?...Jim Crow! Lincoln set the Negro free. Why is he still in slavery? Jim Crow!..."
The Jimi Hendrix Chord
By Daddy Longlegs. A tribute song dedicated to legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix who left this world of ours at the age of 27 after overdosing and choking on his own vomit. "Jimi was a god...There's nothing romantic about his death. Choking on vomit for his very last breath. A genius is washed away and gone too soon...Jimi was the brightest star..."
By Blue Mountain. A tribute to our 39th President, Jimmy Carter 1977-81. "In the bicentennial summer of our faded glory land a bright new face appeared upon the scene. Of an honest peanut farmer by the name of Jimmy Carter...There was joy throughout the nation, at that great inauguration, the GOP stood shakin in their shoes... So shake the hand of the man, with a hand full of love. The one and only Jimmy Carter..."
Jimmy Sharman's Boxers
By Midnight Oil. Song is about Jimmy Sharman's tent-fighting troupe which toured
Joe DiMaggio Done It Again
By Billy Bragg. A tribute to deceased baseball star Joe Dimaggio who is in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. "...Joe Deemaggyoe done it again! Clackin' the bat, gone with the wind...Joe cracked that ball to whine and moan...Joe Deemaggyoe's done it again..."
By Joan Baez. Song is a tribute to labor activist and musician Joe Hill. About the organized labormovement in the
By Phil Ochs. Song is a tribute to labor activist and musician Joe Hill. About the organized labor movement in the
By Christy Moore. Song is about Joe McCann who was the leader of the Irish Official Republican Movement and was shot and killed in 1972 by British paratroopers because of his political beliefs. "...He fought for the people of the markets where he worked. In defense of the rights of man. But the hired branch crew told the soldiers what to do and they shot down Joe McCann..."
By Gil Scott Heron. About the uprisings in
By Traffic. This traditional song celebrates Barley and the harvest cycle. "...They've ploughed, they've sown, they've harrowed him in Threw clods upon his head, And these three men made a solemn vow John Barleycorn was dead. They let him lie for a very long time Till the rains from Heaven did fall, And little Sir John sprung up his head And so amazed them all...."
By Bob Dylan. An anti-war song about human suffering, loss of innocence, and the brutal and violent nature of warfare. "John Brown went off to war to fight on a foreign shore. His mama sure was proud of him!...I'm glad you're a son of mine, you make me proud to know you hold a gun. Do what the captain says, lots of medals you will get...Then a letter finally came saying go down and meet the train...She saw her son at last. When she did she could hardly believe her eyes. Oh his face was all shot up and his hand was all blown off...Oh tell me, my darling son, pray tell me what they done. How is it you come to be this way?...Don't you remember, ma, When I went off to war. You thought it was the best thing I could do...He called his mother close and he dropped his medals down into her hand."
By Testament. About a young man who grew up in the foster care system, is sexually abused and commits suicide as a result of his experiences. "John Doe. A man haunted by his past...He was raised as an orphan. Abuse victim as a child. Dreaming haunting memories made John Doe take his own life...Never knowing what is love..."
By The Outfield. Song is a tribute to musician John Lennon who was tragically shot and killed by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980. "...Then on a day in your life still remembered by everyone. There was a man with a gun at his side. You and your monkey had nowhere to hide. So many things on his mind, I'm not sure if he knew why he blew you away..."
By Black Sabbath. About a man who lives on the streets and deals with the dangers associated with street life in the city. "Tortured and twisted, he walks the streets alone. People avoid him, they know the street's his own...Life has no meaning, and death's his only friend. Will fate surprise him, where will he meet his end?..."
Johnny Can't Read
By Don Henley. About someone who is illiterate. The song reveals the personal and societal consequences or costs. "...But Johnny can't read, summer is over and he's gone to seed. Johnny can't read, he'll never learn nothin' that he'll ever need..."
By Bruce Springsteen. Song is about a person who turns to crime as a result of misfortune and economic hardships. "Well they closed down the auto plant in Mahwah late that month. Ralph went lookin' for a job but he couldn't find none. He came home too drunk for mixin' Tanqueray and wine. He got a gun shot a night clerk now they call'm Johnny 99...Now judge I got debts no honest man could pay. The bank was holdin' my mortgage and they was takin' my house away. Now I ain't sayin' that makes me an innocent man. But it was more'n all this that put that gun in my hand..."
By The Beastie Boys. About a homeless man and life on the street in New York City. Reference to alcohol, substance abuse, and former Mayor, Ed Koch. "Johnny Ryall is the bum on my stoop. I give him fifty cents to buy some soup...Living on borrowed time and borrowed money. Sleepin' on the street there ain't a damn thing funny ...Makes his home all over the place, he goes to sleep by falling down on his face..."
By Bob Marley. A mother mourn's the death of her child. Song is about the growing frequency of crime, street violence, and shootings. Inspired by actual events in
John Walker's Blues
By Steve Earle. This controversial song was written about John Walker Lindh also known as the "American Taliban". "...If my daddy could see me now - chains around my feet He don't understand that sometimes a man
Has got to fight for what he believes...We came to fight the Jihad and our hearts were pure and strong...Now they're draggin' me back with my head in a sack To the land of the infidel..."
By Charlie Wine. Part of the VOW Music Education and Outreach Project , this song is a call for peace and unity among people and a repudiation of guns and violence. Serves as a tribute to innocent victims of violence. "...She was somebody's daughter, she was somebody's friend. She was loved by her father, her life didn't have to end. Join hands without guns, join hands without guns. The children are watching, the children will lead. How many must fall and how many will bleed. One life is enough to rise up and join hands, hand in hand, join hands..."
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
By Neil Diamond. Song is based on the Richard Bach novel of the same name. "Last on a painted sky. Where the clouds are hung for the poet's eye. You may find him..."
By Shelley West. A person drinks too much, blacks out and doesn't remember what happened to them. References made to hangovers, violence and risk behaviors. "...My head is spinning...Now wait a minute things don't look too familiar...I like to drink...Then I kiss all the cowboys...Then I start a fight..."
By Al Stewart. This song is a tribute to entertainer Josephine Baker. "...Now some they stand out from a crowd even at an early age. I suppose that her call was loud 'cause she just lit up the stage...I was born too late to see Josephine Baker dancing in a
By Foreigner. Song is about hero worship and the quest for fame and glory. "...So he started rockin'. Ain't never gonna stop. Gotta keep on rockin'. Someday he's gonna make it to the top. And be a jukebox hero, got stars in his eyes..."
By Francine Allen. The song was written as a tribute to environmental activist, Julia "Butterfly" Hill. "What do you see from your height...You bring us courage when we can't seem to find our own. Julia, you are a messenger of hope..."
By Third Eye Blind. A person tries to help a friend who has decided that suicide is the answer to their problems. "I wish you would step back from that ledge my friend. You could cut ties with all the lies that you've been livin' in...I never thought that it would come to this, and I want you to know. Everyone's got to face down the demons. Maybe today we can put the past away...I would understand..."
By Bruce Springsteen. A tribute to urban nightlife. The song is about the adventure, danger, excitement, mystery, and romance that is part of each night on the streets of a city. "The gangs assembled and picked a rendezvous for the night. They'll meet 'neath that giant Exxon sign that brings this fair city light. Man there's an opera out on the Turnpike. There's a ballet being fought out in the alley..The street's alive as secret debts are paid. Contacts made they vanished unseen...Outside the street's on fire in a real death waltz between what's flesh and what's fantasy..."
By Cheryl Wheeler. About the addictive and unhealthy nature of "junk food". "...Fritos, dorritos, sour cream and onion dips. Ice cream sodas, chocolate candy, kool-aid in your coke is dandy. Let's eat things to kill ourselves... We'll get fat and gross together..."
Junk Food Junkie
By Larry Groce. A novelty song about a person who hides their love of eating junk food. "...Yeah, in the daytime I'm Mr. Natural, just as healthy as I can be. But at night I'm a junk food junkie. Good Lord have pity on me..."
By Champion Jack Dupree. This song is about substance abuse and drug addiction. "all right... I'm sick as I can be...Some people call me a junker, cause I'm loaded all the timeI just feel happy and I feel good all the time Some people say I use a needle, and some say I slip cocaine But that's the best old feelin' that I ever need..."
By Mark Knopfler. A man breaks free from his heroin addiction and disassociates himself from his old drug using friends. "...You spiked my arm but you missed my vein. But the scars remain...Now I'm clean. Junkie doll I was stuck on you..."
A Junkie's Lament
By James Taylor. About a person struggling with heroin addiction. "...Oh my God, a monkey can move a man. Send him to hell and home again...A junkie's sick, a monkey's strong. That's what's wrong.
By Fishbone. About the destructive nature of the stimulant drug crack cocaine, a smokable form of the drug and how it has infiltrated our cities. "...Give us this day our daily crack. As we smoke ourselves into a manic frenzy. Forgive us for we have no control or self respect. Grim Reaper has cashed my life savings check..."
By "Weird Al" Yankovic. This song is a parody of "
Just Another Story
By Phil Collins. Deals with the excesses of society and a variety of social problems including domestic violence and substance abuse. "Father comes home 'cos his money's run out. Seems a little loose tonight, he starts to shout... You can smell it on his breath, feel it in his touch. He never meant to hit her hard, but he's like that when he's had too much. It's just another story 'bout going too far..." The effects of domestic violence are also explored in the poem "Neighbor Blood" by Richard Frost.
Just Another Suicide
By UFO. A young person is depressed and starts to have suicidal thoughts. If you have a friend who is this depressed, get help for the person! "Just a bad situation, got me low, feelin' down I'm wonderin' why...I can't last forever, I can't hold on...Somebody is tearin' my whole inside...Lookin' for a place to hide..."
Just For The Record
By Marillion. Song is about an individual in denial over his problem with alcohol. References to addiction. "Many's the time I've been thinking about changing my ways, but when it gets right down to it, it's the same drunken haze. Just for the record I'm gonna put it down, just for the record I'm gonna change my life around...But I've got no discipline, got no self control..."
Justified Black Eye
By Leche ConCarne. About the vicious cycle of domestic violence and the trauma and emotional difficulty the abused person must endure. "She was confused and abused in this life. Emotional and violent moments seemed to take the longest time...She didn't recognize her own face in the mirror. Black and blue...He would always try to justify what wasn't true. Justified black eye taken for granted..."
By Korn. Song is about fan adoration and the pressure and/or responsibility of celebrity status. Also deals with inner strength, coping with a terminal illness and accepting or finding inner peace with respect to dying. "...You watch me play. I look away. Your lights turn bright. You found the light...You're gonna die! Wanting me, why? I wish I had your strength...The kids that die listening to me. You are alive!..."
Just Like God Now
By Cheryl Wheeler. Song is about the recent scientific advances in cloning animals. According to cherylwheeler.com, artist got idea for song after hearing people comment that now we are just like God since we can clone animals. "...We're just like God Now. It's hard to overstate what a grand day this is. Look at how far we've come. Mixin' up the dough in the petri dishes for every little thing we want. Tell the Pope he's through..."
Just Say No
By Young MC. A great health song for young people. Offers advice when young people are faced with negative peer pressure. "Just Say No"! "...If you were ever in a situation without enough time for contemplation. All your frineds goin' the same way. You feel kinda trapped, you don't know what to say. Just say no..."
Just The Two Of Us
By Will Smith. A remake of Bill Wither's popular song about relationships and positive thinking. In this version, lyrics deal with the love between a father and son. "...Let me be a good daddy, all he needs. Love, knowledge, discipline too, I pledge my life to you...You're living proof that dreams do come true, I love you and I'm here for you..."
Just Want to Let You
By Subterra. About death and mourning. A person expresses feelings of love for someone who has recently passed away. "Just want to let you know that I missed you. Never knew such love as we had...Your fight was short, but you were very strong...so I pick my guitar and scrawl my music into the air...I hope somehow it finds you there"
By Phil Ochs. Song was written for the movie of the same name starring Racquel Welch as a roller derby queen. "...The blast of the whistle, the bomber takes the floor. She turns, she spins on the rail but she'll be the first to score..."
Keep The Faith
By Michael Jackson. Deals with issues of self esteem, believing in yourself and your abilities and having a positive outlook on life."..."Cause you can climb the highest mountain, swim the deepest sea. All you need is the will to want it, and a little self esteem. So keep the faith, don't let anybody turn you a round...Believe in yourself no matter what it's gonna take. You can be a winner but you got to keep the faith..."
Keep The Mask On The Lone
By John T. Douglas. About the 1979 legal battle between Clayton Moore and movie producers regarding the right to wear the Lone Ranger mask. "...Ain't nothing sacred anymore and everyone's in danger, when some fool thinks he can take the mask off the Lone Ranger...For over thirty years Clayton's lived up to the task. Now some judge has decided he's not fit to wear the mask. Well it don't make no difference what that judge might have to say. Ain't nothing gonna make it right to take that mask away..."
By REO Speedwagon. Song relates to many health related issues including self esteem, perseverance and believing in yourself and your abilities. "Going through all the changes, I made so many mistakes, oh yes I did...Well it's coming together. I finally feel like a man, oh yes I do. I never thought that I'd be where I am, oh. Everyday I work a little bit harder. Whoa, I keep pushin' on...Keep pushin, keep pushin' on, you know you got to be so strong..."
Keep Ya Head Up
By Tupac. Song is calling for an end to misogynistic beliefs or attitudes that degrade and oppress women. The singer tells men to love, honor, and respect women and to regard women as equals. "...And when he tells you you ain't nothin' don't believe him...I wonder why we take from our women. Why we rape our women, do we hate our women?...Time to heal our women, be real to our women...I know your fed up ladies, but keep your head up."
Keep Your Head
By Mary J. Blige. About the challenges, choices, and temptations many face each day as they struggle to do the right thing. "...I'm tryin' not to lose my cool because if in this world I do the only person that's gonna miss out on everything is me...It's very hard, so very hard because I'm out here trying to do the right thing. And when I look around here's the wrong thing temptin' me..."
By Two Headed Puppy. This song is dedicated to the character Kelly from the TV show, Beverly Hills 90210
"Just like tonight I was watching my TV Thursday it was I remember faithfully Beverly Hills, one pretty girl's all I could see Her name is Kelly , she's got a groovy spell on me...Kelly saw you on the Telly lips like jelly how I wanted to hold you have I lately told you..."
By Traditional Celtic. Kevin Barry was a member of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement who was killed in Armagh by the Irish People's Liberation Organization following the March 15, 1987 killing of IPLO leader Gerard Steenson. "In Mountjoy jail one Monday morning. High upon the gallows tree. Kevin Barry gave his young life for the cause of liberty...Another martyr for old
By Manic Street Preachers. Song is about South African photographer Kevin Carter who won a Pulitzer Prize for his photograph of a starving Sudanese child being stalked by a vulture. Carter received much criticism for not helping the child and he eventually commited suicide. ""Hi, Time magazine. Hi, Pulitzer Prize. Vulture stalked, white piped lie forever. Wasted your life...Kevin Carter..."
Kick Hit 4 Hit Kix U (Blues
For Jimi And Janis)
By John Lee Hooker. Song is a reminder about the potential dangers of drug use and also talks about two rock stars who died from drug overdoses at the ripe old age of 27, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. "...The one and only Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Who passed on from the needle. They o.d...Dope addicts. You better watch yourself...You might pass on..."
By Paul Revere and the Raiders. About a person falling deeper into the trap of drug use. References made to drug addiction, gateway drugs, withdrawal symptoms and unhealthy escapism. "Girl, you thought you found the answer on that magic carpet ride last night. But when you wake up in the mornin', the world still gets you uptight...All your kicks ain't bringin' you peace of mind...You better get straight..."
The Kids Aren't Alright
By Offspring. About the numerous challenges and problems confronting young people and how many succumb to the temptations of the street. "When we were young the future was so bright...Now the neighborhood's cracked and torn. The kids are grown up but their lives are worn. How can one little street swallow so many lives?...Jamie had a chance, well she really did. Instead sho got on speed and lost her kids. Mark still lives at home cause he;s got no job. He just plays guitar and smokes a lot of pot. Jay committed suicide..."
By Dan Bern. Written in June 1998 after the
By Saxon. About war and the events leading up to a battle. References to patriotism and fighting with honor for your country. "Follow the piper, follow the drum. Follow the footsteps our comrades begun. 'Til the battles won. Follow the sabre, follow the gun. For king and for country. We stand as one..."
By Triumph. Song is about the perils of procrastination. Wasting time, failing to act, and then feeling regret over missed opportunities. "Hangin' out on the corner, he's got no place to go. She sits in an empty bedroom playin' the radio. Everyday regretting all the things they never tried. Everyday they're dyin' just a little bit more inside...Time is slippin' away, it's just passin' 'em by. They're wondering why, but it's gone, gone forever my friend and it won't come again..."
Kill The Human Race
By De Heideroojis. About the carelessness of human beings as they slowly destroy planet Earth. Many references to societal ills and examples of unhealthy risk taking. "...No biotech, no high tech, no WW II. Mother Earth can exist without me and you...No circus, no steakhouse, no furcoat store. Within time, nature will not take this anymore..."
Kill The Pain
By Face Down. About drug addiction. "Trying to run from what you are. Afraid of being alive. Hands shaking, body aching. The abuse left a permanent scar...You need your reality to hit your veins again..."
Kill The Poor
By Dead Kennedys. A satirical song that takes an ironic point of view to draw attention to the plight of poor people. "...Efficiency and progress is ours once more, now that we have the neutron bomb. It's nice and quick and clean and gets things done...The sun beams down on a brand new day, no more welfare tax to pay. Unsightly slums gone up in flashing light. Jobless millions whisked away. At last we have more room to play..."
The Killing of Georgie (Part
I and II)
By Rod Stewart. Song is about random violence and the death of a friend. Song also deals with issues of tolerance, homosexuality, gangs, and possibly hate crimes. "...Georgie boy was gay I guess nothin' more or nothin' less. The kindest guy I never knew...Pa said there must be a mistake how can my son not be straight after all I've said and done for him...Cast out by the ones he loves. A victim of these gay days it seems. Georgie went to New York town where he quickly settled down...Deciding to take a short cut home, arm in arm they meant no wrong...Out of a darkened side street came a New Jersey gang with just one aim...There ensued a fearful fight screams rang out in the night...Georgie's life ended there..."
Kind And Generous
By Natalie Merchant. A person is thanking a friend or lover for always being there and giving so much of themselves. "...You've been so kind and generous, I don't know how you keep on giving. For your kindness I'm in debt to you. For your selflessness, my admiration. For everything you've done, you know I'm bound, I'm bound to thank you for it..."
By James Brown. About the drug heroin and how it ruins the user's health and their lives in general. Lyrics are presented as if the drug was speaking. "...I take my addicts and make'em steal, borrow ,beg. Then they search for a vein in their arm or leg...I can make a good man forsake his wife. Send a greedy man to prison for the rest of his life..."
King Of The Delta Blues
By Marshall Tucker Band. Tribute to legendary bluesman, Robert Johnson. "...Went down to the crossroads, dealing with the devil. Robert's life would never be the same...King of the Delta Blues..."
King Of The Road
By Roger Miller. A tribute to hobos and their passion for independence and a life on the road. "...I know every engineer on every train, all of the children and all of their names. And every handout in every town , and every lock that ain't locked when no one's around...I'm a man of means by no means, King of the road."
King Of Trees
By Cat Stevens An environmental awareness song. "He was the King of trees Keeper of the leaves A deep green god of young…Now they've come to cut you down…Now they've come to lay the road Dont lay the road"
Kiss the Bottle
By Jawbreaker. A substance abuse song. "It gets loneliest at night…six a.m., the floor comes alive with lice…Fell from the wagon…kissed the bottle…"
Kiss Your Freedom Goodbye
By Lynyrd Skynyrd. About a safe and secure small town being overrun with drugs, vandelism and violence. "...Life's good in this small town...Our doors are always unlocked. But not for long...Stores have gone out of business. They're sellin' drugs out in the streets. The new kids like to spray paint...Kiss your freedom goodbye..."
By Bruce Cockburn. Song is about Christopher Houston "Kit" Carson, an accomlished trapper, guide, rancher and military scout of the nineteenth century. Some saw
By 21 Guns. About an adult who is struggling and does not have proper coping skills. The person believes that his problems are a result of parental neglect during his childhood. "...He's always drunk in back alleyways. While mother and her lovers couldn't care anyway...They looked right through me like I didn't exist. It's in their eyes I was meaningless...I'm sinking knee deep and getting deeper and deeper. So low I don't know which way to go..."
Knockin' on Heaven's Door
By Bob Dylan. In 1996 an additional verse was added to this song to commemorate the tragic school shooting of
Knock Me Down
By Red Hot Chili Peppers. Song is about former band member and guitarist Hillel Slovak who tragically died from a heroin overdose. "...too much for me, too much for you. You're gonna lose in time. Every turn, looking to burn. Some never learn. Live and learn...Don't be afraid to show your friends that you hurt inside. Pain's part of life. Don't hide behind your false pride...You're gonna lose in time..."
By Janet Jackson. About social responsibility and the importance of education. "Get the knowledge...If we're gonna change the way the world is run. The way to start is to rid the children of prejudice and ignorance. We gotta teach our kids to read and write...Education is the goal..."
Know Who You Are
By Supertramp. Song is about self confidence, inner strength, and meeting challenges head on. "Know who you are. There's a world that wants to know you...Don't be afraid...You've so much to give and there's so much to know..."
Know Your Enemy
By Rage Against The Machine. Song is a harsh criticism of societal apathy and complacency and serves as a call to action for social and political activists. "...I've got no patience now, so sick of complacence now...Yes I know my enemies.. Compromise, conformity, assimilation, submission, ignorance, hypocrisy, brutality, the elite. All of which are American dreams..."
By Annihilator. About the old American stand-by. Kraft macaroni and cheese! "Cupboard's bare, I'm so hungry. I love Kraft dinner. Boiling water, can't wait. It's getting hotter, it feels so great. Kraft dinner..."
By Saxon. Song is about one of the most powerful volcanic eruptions in the history of the world which occurred between May and August of 1893 at the
By Dan Bern. This song is about the suicide of Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain. "When Kurt Cobain blew out his brain All the little girls They cried like rain And as for me I felt the pain But I got no T-shirts left to stain For Kennedy and Jesse James And Joan of Arc and Kurt Cobain..."
By Fugazi. Anti-war song inspired by the Gulf War. "The troops are quiet tonight,But it's not alright, because we know they're planning something. Don't you know things have settled down, down, down But silence is a dangerous sound..."
Lack Of Communication
By Ratt. Song is about people's inability to share ideas and how the channels of communication are often closed between human beings. "Too many problems the world can't solve. Too many people, no one wants to be involved. Lack of communication...Always sayin' someone else is to blame...Lack of communication..."
By Wishbone Ash. About alcohol addiction, self destructive behaviors and codependency. "Lady whiskey, such a sad sight. Stumblin' as she walks. She even hates herself...Drowns her sorrows, eases her pain...Her man is just like her...Drowns his sorrows, eases his pain..."
The Lady Of Schalott
By Loreena McKennitt. This song is a musical adaptation and tribute to Alfred Lord Tennyson's renowned poem "The Lady of Shalott". "On either side of the river lie long fields of barley and rye. That clothe the world and meet the sky. And thro' the field the road run by. To many towed Camelot...The lady of Schalott..."
By Frostbit Blue. Song is about the beauty of the fading day on Lake Ontario as seen from
By Rush. Song is about Lakeside Park, an amusement park located in St. Catherines,
Lame for Fame
By Urban Guerillas. This song is about preserving creative and artistic integrity with respect to song writing and not selling out or giving in to the commercialization of music. "...Don't say anything at all keep it fresh, show us your flesh give us a tune sing in the nude your song is sure to rate But I can’t play this stinking game And I don’t want your hollow fame Cos I...Got something to say (forget it kid get out of my way) They won't play my song on the radio And I don't like the reason why!..."
By Christy Moore. Song is about having a sneaky, greedy and unreliable landlord. "Here he comes lookin' for rent. His greedy yellow eyes and his tongue all bent...Sniffin' 'round my doorway and goin' through my clothes...The man's a thief, I've even got proof..."
By Fleetwood Mac. Inspired by actual events. Song is about a relationship in turmoil. An individual is ready for a change and fears change at the same time. The person wonders if they are strong enough to break away. Song deals with issues of love, identity, emotions, and self esteem. "...Oh, mirror in the sky what is love? Can the child within my heart rise above? Can I sail through the changing ocean tides, can I handle the seasons of my life? Well, I've been afraid of changing 'cause I've built my life around you. But times make you bolder even children get older, and I'm getting older too..."
Language Of Violence
By Disposable Heroes of Hiphopcrisy. Touches on may health and social topics including homophobia, hatred, peer pressure and violence. "...Like a gauntlet the voices haunted...He knew the names they would taunt him with. Faggot, sissy, punk, queer, queen...Words can reduce a person to an object. Something more easy to hate..."
By The Offspring. Song is critical of the Los Angeles Police Department who came under fire for their excessive use of violence when detaining Rodney King. "When cops are taking care of business I can understand. But the
Larger Than Life
By Gov't Mule. Song is about taking life for granted, taking risks without thinking about the consequences. Once you are dead, you can't "wish" your life back. "...It won't take long to get to the bottom, it won't take much looking down at yourself. You think you know somethin', you don't know nothin'. Everybody knows that death is larger than life..."
The Last Day Of June, 1934
By Al Stewart. This song is about the rise to power of the Nazi Party in
The Last Great American
By Five For Fighting. According to the artist this song is a story about a hero...who is so disgusted by what he sees today that at the end of the song he ends up burying himself alive...the world disgusts him. A new last verse was added to this song following the tragic events of September 11, 2001. These new lyrics provide a more optimistic and hopeful ending to the song. "...From every walk of life we've come to see the Last Great American...He pulls the lid on down as his stone is read Here lies our Merry the man with the heart so spent That in this day and age is sick of living Then the funeral pyre was shattered And the world became undone The mourners raised their heads up As the crowd began to run Then everybody stopped...to the beating of a drum. For through the smoke and morning sun Stands the Last Great American."
Last Night I Had The
By Pete Seeger. A person dreams of a world free from war and violence. "Last night I had the strangest dream I'd ever dreamed before. I dreamed the world had all agreed to put an end to war..."
Last Of A Dying Breed
By Neil Young. Song is about the struggles of the American farmer and his attempt to survive in a poor farming economy. Song also criticizes the American government for not helping out the farming industry. "Well I hate to say the farmer was the last of a dying breed. Living off the land and taking what he needs. Don't say much for the future when a family can't survive. I hate to say the farmer was the last of his kind...In the struggle for parity, not one man's voice can sound. 'Cuz the foundation of the conglomerate is firmly in the ground..."
The Last Of The Great Whales
By Andy Barnes. An emotional song about the death of a whale's companion and the loss and sorrow the surviving whale feels. "...My soul has been torn from me and I am bleeding...All the beauty around me fades...Last night I heard the cry of my last companion. The roar of the harpoon gun and then I was alone...I am the last of the great whales and I am dying..."
Last Of The Independents
By Rory Gallagher. According to the "Photo-Finish" CD liner notes, As a film buff Rory was inspired to write this crime song from just reading a newspaper review of the film "Charley Varrick" featuring Walter Matthau and Joe Don Baker. "I caught the red-eye at in the nick of time. On the 747 we were soon flying high...Only I know where we stored the loot, the mob wants to know the spot..."
By Papa Roach. Song is about unhealthy risk taking, identity crisis, despair, low self esteem and suicide. "...It all started when I lost my mother. No love for myself and no love for another...Searching to find love...Finding nothing but questions and devils...I'm losing my sight, losing my mind...Would it be right if I took my life tonight?..."
The Last Resort
By The Eagles. About the impact of Westward Expansion in
The Last Shot
By Lou Reed. About the realities of dealing with alcohol addiction and trying to have the strength to quit and remain sober. "The last shot should have killed me...Whiskey, bourbon, vodka, scotch. I don't care what it is you got...And I'm not boasting when I say I'm getting straight. You always wish that you knew it was your last shot..."
The Last Song
By Elton John. Describes a death bed reconciliation between a son and his father. "...I can't believe you love me, I never thought you'd come. I guess I misjudged love between a father and his son..." Also deals with estrangement, revelation, and forgiveness within relationships. "...Things we never said come together. The hidden truth no longer haunting me. Tonight we touched on things that were never spoken, that kind of understanding sets me free."
The Last Worthless Evening
By Don Henley. Song is about a man who wants more than a platonic relationship and wonders if his female friend feels the same way. "...I see you around sometimes and my heart just melts. You're lookin' like if you had your wish you'd be somewhere else. And it just breaks my heart to see you here this way. Someday I'll get the nerve to walk up to you and say. This is the last worthless evening that you have to spend. Just gimme a chance to show you how to love again..."
Laugh Kills Lonesome
By Michael Nesmith. A tribute to the imagery of the American West and the enduring spirit of the cowboy. "All around the campfire stood seven dusty men, The cook was drinking applejack, the cattle were all penned, Someone must have cracked a wise one because the men began to grin, their smiles shot out like sunbeams and made the night give in. Because... Laugh kills lonesome every single time, That's why Charlie Russell painted it And why it looks so fine, Laugh kills lonesome every single time. Roy and Dale and Pecos Bill they knew all about this, so did Walt and Hasui who gave it their own twist..."
Lay Down Your Arms
By Eric Clapton. Song was written about musician George Harrison’s wife Patti Boyd who Eric Clapton had fallen in love with. Layla was his nickname for her. “…Layla, you got me on my knees. Layla, I’m begging darlin’ please…Like a fool, I fell in love with you. Turned my whole world upside down…”
By Staind. Tribute to former
League of Notions
By Al Stewart. This song is about the League of Nations, an international peace organization formed after
Lean On Me
By Bill Withers. Song is about the importance of friendship and not being afraid to lend a hand to someone in need. "...Lean on me, when you're not strong and I'll be your friend. I'll help you carry on..."
The Least We Can Do
By Christy Moore. Song is about unity, brotherhood and having compassion for all races. "The least we can do is make the world a better place. Not just for the few but the human race...So follow the rainbow deep into the evening sun and pray that it's colors will blend together as one..."
Leather And Lace
By Stevie Nicks w/Don
By Fleetwood Mac. About love, hurt, pain, and the complexities of a relationship. "...Slippin', thru your fingers, watchin' how it grows. You can love me baby but you can't walk out. Someone oughta tell you what it's really all about..."
By The Replacements. This video was banned by MTV in 1987. Executives feared the lyrics may have encouraged suicide. "All eyes look up at me. High above the filthy streets...Priest kneels silent, all is still. Policeman reaches from the sill...I'm the boy they couldn't ignore for the first time in my life..."
By Bob Dylan. Song is about "Legionnaire's Disease", a fatal respiratory illness. Song also points out that many soldiers of war throughout history have mysteriously died from this disease. "Some say it was radiation. Some say their was acid on the microphone...I wish I had a dollar for everyone that died within that year...Oh, that Legionnaire's disease..."
By Billy Joel. Remembrances of childhood during the cold war. "A cold war kid in McCarthy time...Under their desk in an air raid drill...And hid in the shelters underground" Song closes with a present day ('89) trip to Leningrad, and a message of hope for future generations. "And so my child and I came to this place to meet him eye to eye and face to face...We never knew what friends we had until we came to
By Bob Dylan. A tribute to comedian Lenny Bruce. "...They said he was sick 'cause he didn't play by the rules. He just showed the wise men of his day to be nothing more than fools. They stamped him and they labeled him like they do with pants and shirts..."
Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
By Bob Dylan. This social and political commentary examines and critiques followers of fashion, materialism, and those who seek or desire fame and popularity. Song is also referring to the brutal and corrupt government of the late Mobuto Sese Seko, former ruler of Zaire, who was known for his penchant for leopard-skin hats. "Well, I see you got your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat. Yes, I see you got your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat. Well, you must tell me, baby. How your head feels under somethin' like that. Under your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat..."
By Metallica. Song is about televangelists. Song deals with corruption, abuse of power, and deceptive practices. "...marvel at his tricks, need your Sunday fix...send me money, send me green heaven you will meet..."
A Lesson Learned
By Limp Bizkit. About communication and the intimate relationship between an artist and his/her audience. Song is also about the trappings of fame, the struggle for personal freedom, and the importance of creating your own road or path to follow through life. "...Fortune and fame are disgusted as your friend cuz I'm lonelier now than I've ever been...I open myself to you so that we can communicate...Your vision is all that matters. Let nothing get in your way..." TheGrateful Dead song "Ripple", is also about some of these same issues.
Let It Bleed
By The Used. A drug abuse song about the narcotic Heroin. 'This poison's my intoxication. Broke the needle off in my skin...A positive scab that's never healing...The most I can do for you is keep on lying..."
Let It Rain
By UFO. A woman foolishly believes that the married man she is having an affair with will end up leaving his wife for her. "...She holds him close but their love is in vain. And the married man that you laid. Goes back to his own charade...When you press the point he says we'll see. But then walks back to his mystery..."
Let Love Rule
By Lenny Kravitz. A positive song about unity, brotherhood and the healing power of love. "Love is gentle as a rose and love can conquer any war. It's time to take a stand. Brothers and sisters join hands. We got to let love rule..."
Let Robeson Sing
By Manic Street Preachers. This song is a tribute to American Civil Rights activist and artist Paul Robeson. "...A voice so pure, a vision so clear...Learn to sing like you...A giant man with a heavenly voice...Where are you now..."
Let's Face It
By Mighty Mighty Bosstones. About tolerance, unity, brotherhood and a plea to end racism and discrimination. "It's hard to face that in this age somebody's race could trigger somebody's rage...We sure weren't put here to hate, be racist, be sexist, be bigots...Give tolerance a try..."
Let Somebody Else Drive
By Matt Minglewood. About the dangers associated with drinking and driving. "I heard it on the radio, the news. Don't you be drivin' when you get on the booze...Charged with DUI. Cuffed, booked and thrown in a cell...You better let someone else drive..."
By Neil Young. Song is a tribute to Todd Beamer and the courage of passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. All royalties from sales of the songwill be distributed to September 11 charities. "I know I said I love you, I know it's true. I've got to put the phone down and do what we got to do...No time for indecision, we've got to make a move. I hope that we're forgiven for what we got to do...Time is runnin' out, let's roll..."
Let The Music Heal Your Soul
By Backstreet. Song is about the power of music and the emotional effects it has on it's listeners. "...Music gives you happiness and sadness. But it also heals your soul. Let the music take control. Let the music give you the power to move any mountain..."
Let's Face It
By Mighty Mighty Bosstones. A condemnation of intolerance and racism."It's so hard to face that in this day and age somebody's race could trigger somebody's rage...Why so cut and dry? A simple concept missed. Give tolerance a try...And you're not free to be a different way. Let's try to erase it, it's time that we face it. If we don't, then who will? Shame on us..."
Let's Go Get Stoned
By Ray Charles. Song is about abusing drugs and alcoholas a way to escape and solve your problems. Stoned is a slang term for getting high. "...When you're baby won't let you in. Got a few pennies, a bottle of gin...When you work so hard all day long. And everything you do seems to go wrong...Let's go get stoned..."
Let's Have A War
By Fear. Anti-war song. "Let's have a war, so you can all die...Let's have a war jack up the Dow Jones...Let's have a war, sell the rights to the networks..."
Let's Lynch the Landlord
By Dead Kennedys. About bad landlords who prosper while their tenants live in substandard and unsafe housing. "The landlord's here to visit...Sez I'm doubling the rent cos the buildings condemned...I tell them turn on the water. I tell 'em turn on the heat...There's rats chewin' up the kitchen. Roaches up to my knees..."
Let's Not Forget
By Joe Pickering, Jr. This song is a tribute to the courageous and inspirational athletes who helped to break the color barrier in professional baseball. “Let’s not forget all those who went before They didn’t make today’s Majors they did endure Playing by the rules they beat Jim Crow at his game Because of them, other made the Hall of Fame…Honor Younger the first college player at Oberlin Honor Fowler first pro in the minors pitching for Lynn Honor Walker of the American Association The first black Major Leaguer in the nation…”
By Sammy Kaye. About patriotism and the importance of remembering the events that happened in 1941 when the Japanese bombed
Let's Wait Awhile
By Janet Jackson. Deals with many health related issues including abstinence, responsible decision making, communication, and not getting caught up in the "heat of the moment."...When we get to know each other and we're both feeling much stronger. Then let's try to talk it over. Let's wait awhile longer. Let's wait awhile before it's too late. Let's wait awhile before we go too far..."
Let's Work Together
By Canned Heat. About unity, teamwork, and brotherhood. "Together we'll stand. Divided we'll fall. Come on now people. Let's get on the ball and work together...Together we will stand..."
Letter To Mom
By Iris Dement. A child who was sexually abused by her mother's boyfriend carries the secret into adulthood before she is comfortable telling her mother about it. Song stresses the emotional and psychological damage that incest and rape victims experience. "...Back when I was ten Mom brought home a new boyfriend...One night he climbed into my bed...All my life I've felt ashamed 'cause I thought I was the one to blame...I wrote my mother yesterday..."
Let Them Be
By Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis. Song criticizes Australian refugee policy and the inhuman treatment of immigrants. "...Some are young, some are old. Some are yellow, some are brown....All of them are here because they have no other choice. Let them be...Where once folk came with nothing here and struggled to achieve, But now we hunt them down with dogs and lock them up like thieves"
By Jacquelyn Reinach. About women's rights and their fight for justice and equality. "...We're breaking out of our cage of ruffles and rage. It's time to spell our own names, we're people not dames. We're more than mothers and wives with secondhand lives. It's time for woman and man to walk hand in hand..."
By Joe Bonamassa. Alcohol and drugs compounding the problems of a deceitful person. "You said you weren't a good liar. that was lie #1. You said your partying days were over...In the middle of a Tuesday you're drunk and can't find your shoes...The phone is ringing off the hook with dudes looking for you..."
Life Get's Away
By Clint Black. Song is about learning to live in the present and making the most of each day. "...The world keeps on turning, I'm learning to see. Right where I am is where I should be...We start getting older the moment we live. Look over your shoulder there's hindsight to give. Come good days and bad days the sun's gonna rise. So why look beyond..."
Life In The City
By Neil Young. Song is about the slow decay of urban areas and the rising number of social and economical problems in our cities. "People sleepin' on the sidewalks on a rainy day. Families livin' under freeways. It's the American way. Starvin' in the city...All our old hangouts are boarded up and closed. Or being sold to someone. Nobody knows..."
Life In The Factory
By Drive-by Truckers. Song is a tribute to legendary southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. "...They hit the road doing ninety. Leave them steel mills far behind. Ain't no good life at the Ford plant. Three guitars or a life of crime...Bunch of boys from
Life Is A Full Time
By Rupert Hine. About the perils of procrastination and the importance of "seizing the moment". Song encourages listeners to make the most out of every day and live each moment to the fullest. "...Marking time has got to be a waste of patience...Life is a full time occupation. Why let it be situation vacant...Solving problems with your intuition. Get on that train. Discover the clue. You've got something special to do..."
Life On The Streets
By Marky Mark featuring Prince Ital. Joe. About growing up on urban streets and the dangers associated with this life. References made to gangs, violence, homelessness and poverty. "Life in the streets ain't easy. All I see is pain and misery...Statistics show that kids with no dough ain't got a chance...That's why life on the streets is like a trifular beat..."
Life's A Bitch
By Hardline. About domestic violence, poor parenting skills and abusive parents. "Here comes daddy with the strap again. Toward my backside with the buckle end...I can hear myself screaming out the back door...Life's a bitch..."
Lifestyles of The Rich &
By Good Charlotte. About fame, privilege, and wealth and how people take it for granted and fail to appreciate their good fortune. "...I'd like to see them spend a week Livin' life out on the street I don't think they would survive If they could spend a day or two Walking in someone else's shoes I think they'd stumble and they fall They would fall Lifestyles of the rich and the famous They're always complainin' Always complainin'..."
By The Guess Who. Tribute to legendary recording artist Gordon Lightfoot. "...He is an artist painting sistine masterpieces of pine and fur and backwoods Still echos long ago the winter night of black july and then the outcome Of an early
By Live. About the cycle of life and death, "forces pullin' from the center of the earth again". Dedicated to Barbara Lewis, now deceased, a victim of a drunk driver.
Like A Rock
By Bob Seger. A man reaching middle age looks back on his teenage years when he didn't have a care in the world and the future was full of optimism. The song title also has a rhetorical significance in that as this man has reached middle age he looks and feels a little soft around the edges. "...I was eighteen. Didn't have a care...My walk had purpose, my steps were quick and light And I held firmly to what I felt was right...Like a rock...Twenty years now. Where did they go? Twenty years, I don't know. Sit and wonder sometimes, where they've gone..."
Like Father, Like Son
By David Cassidy. A son struggles with his upbringing and realizes he has inherited both the good and bad qualities of his father. "...I bear his cross and carry his name. I feel him living in me. The good and the bad, the sinner, the saint... From generation to generation you can pass down the love or pass on the hate..."
By Uncle Tupelo. A murder ballad inspired by actual events that occurred in 1903 when Finley Preston murdered Lilli Shaw.
By Rush. About the "cost" of fame and success, adjusting to celebrity status and loss of privacy. "...Cast in this unlikely role, ill-equipped to act, with insufficient tact. One must put up barriers to keep oneself intact..."
By Joan Baez. Sung from the point of view of a slave, reflecting on his life and remembering the day he learned of
Links On The Chain
By Phil Ochs. A call to action for union members to carry on the fight for justice and freedom by joining the Civil Rights Movement. "Come you ranks of labor, come you union core, and see if you remember the struggles of before...And then there came the boycotts and then the freedom rides, and forgetting what you stood for, you tried to block the tide...You know when they block your truck boys, by layin' in the road, all that they are doin' is all that you have showed..."
Liquor, Beer and Wine
By Reverand Horton Heat. About alcohol dependency, denial and the negative effects of drinking on one's health. "The doctor says I'm livin' on precious borrowed time. With all the time I'm givin' to liquor, beer and wine...I guess I let my health go...But their was nothing to replace you with except liquor, beer and wine..."
By Alice Donut. A disturbing song with references to alcoholism, incest, poor parenting skills and denial. An alcoholic mother is too drunk to see her husband's sexual and physical abuse of their young daughter. "...Lisa's mother was an alcoholic. She used to sit and knock back JD from 8 o'clock in the morning 'til she passed out...Lisa's father however, he was a sinner...This was a man who abused his little daugther Lisa..."
By Doug Hoekstra. This song is a tribute to the wonders and mysteries of life. About the timeless quest for insight, knowledge, and understanding. "...What brought me to this far away, while my lover lies alone. I just put it on the list of things I won't ever know...I dreamed that I was flying, a dream many people have. Some search for hidden meanings, until it drives them mad. Sometimes I look for language I can barely understand...I added to the list of things I won't ever know..."
By Toby Keith. About making the most of everyday and experiencing as many things in life as possible. Be a participant, not a spectator. "...My list of things to do today...There's still more than a few things left I haven't got to yet. Go for a walk, say a little prayer. Take a deep breath of mountain air. Put on my glove and play some catch...Why put off for tomorrow what I could get done today..."
Listen Mr. Bilbo (Mr. Bigot)
By Peter, Paul and Mary. About bigotry, racial intolerance, and discrimination. "Oh, listen Mr. Bigot...You don't like blacks, you don't like Jews.Well, if there's anyone you do like, it sure is news. You don't like Poles, Hispanics too. Anyway, they serve you up, we don't like you..."
Listen To The Bluegrass
By Phil Rosenthal. About the genre of music referred to as "bluegrass". "Listen to the mandolin, don't you love that sound?...Listen to the guitar play the melody...Listen to the banjo, doesn't it sound fine?...Listen to the bass now...Listen to our bluegrass band...It makes me want to tap my feet..."
Lite A Flame(The Animal
By Laura Nyro. About the inhumane treatment of animals. "In the zoo they gave him a cage...The elephant walks. Shadow across a dream. Lost for ivory...Prejudice for an animal..."
Litter, Litter Everywhere
By Enuf! About people who damage our environment by littering. "Out the window, on the streets. In the ocean, on the beach. Do these people really care? Litter, litter everywhere..."
Little Big Horn
By Running Wild. About the Battle of Little Big Horn, one of many battles the Lakota Indians fought in 1876-1877 to protect their land and heritage. References in song to General George Custer for "Custer's Last Stand". "...Last fight at Little Big Horn. The hand of death was waiting to take the soldier blue away. Last fight at Little Bighorn. Where the command was given and all the soldiers fought in vain..."
A Little Bit Of Abuse
By The Kinks. Song refers to the topic of domestic violence and how the victim often can't break the pattern or leave the abuse. "One on the nose, one on the chin. You bruise so easy, so why stay with him? He uses you like a human punching bag. But you don't complain, you're too scared to speak. Anyway, it only hurts when you laugh and when you eat. But you can't break the pattern, week after week..."
By Charlie Daniels Band. Song is about the innocence and beauty of children and the special bond they share with their parents. "Little folks are people too. Very much like me and you. The little things they say and do. That kinda make your day..."
The Little Girl
By John Michael Montgomery. The sad tale of negligent parents and the child who must deal with their eventual murder/suicide. "...Her daddy drank all day and mommy did drugs. Never wanted to play or give kisses or hugs...The drinking and the fighting just got worse...Her daddy in a drunken rage one night used a gun on her mom and took his life..."
By Joni Mitchell. About the mixed emotions and feelings that accompany the process of adoption. “…Child with a child pretending Weary of lies you are sending home So you sign all the papers in the family name You're sad and you're sorry, but you're not ashamed Little green, have a happy ending…”
By Collin Raye. A man who has lost many important things in his life due to alcohol abuse tries to start his life over and reclaim his dignity. "I know I've disappeared a time or two. Along the way I lost me and you...I haven't had a drink in nineteen days...Without you baby I'm not me..."
By Jewel. Song is about the physical and emotional costs or effects of substance abuse. Through the voice of the artist, tells the story of a family member who has become hopelessly addicted to drugs. "My little sister is a zombie in a body with no soul..."
The Little Things In LIfe
By C.W. McCall. Song is about the importance of taking time out of our busy lives to enjoy the remarkable things that life has to offer. "...We're so busy tryin' to make it. Workin' mornin', noon and night...And how long will it be 'til you walk along the riverside together? And take the time to skip a stone and watch the ripples fade..."
Little White Lies
By Sammy Hagar. Song deals with being truthful and honest, and how even little lies can catch up with you."Little white lie been around for years. Little white lie ringing in your ears. Turn around come around back on you. Well that little white lie's catching up to you...yeah you're falling in deep 'cause you're talkin' too much..."
By David Bowie. This song was inspired by little people. The artist has commented that this song came about when he set out to write a song that included the names of the seven dwarfs. "Stinky weather, fat shaky hands. Dopey morning Doc, Grumpy gnomes. Little wonder then, little wonder, You little wonder, little wonder you..."
Live And Die
By P.O.D. About the dangers and dead end lifestyle associated with gang life. "...Only 13...Who needs a job when I can steal and rob...Call the homies 'cuz today's the day they gonna make a man of me...Messed up and joined a gang. Gave away my soul..."
Live Fast, Love Hard, Die
By Faron Young. Song is about living hard and fast and dying young because of it. Ironically, Faron Young tragically commited suicide at the age of 64 while suffering from emphysema and prostate problems brought on by an unhealthy lifestyle. "I wanna live fast, love hard, and die young...And I know the name of every spot in town..."
Live For Me
By Blue Oyster Cult. A person remembering the night his brother died and his last words. "It was a wet night and the other guy was lubricated with a pint of Jack. His truck hit Jimmy's Chevy with a sound like a thunder crack. I was working late but I felt it happen. I knew that my brother was layed low...Live for me. Burn twice as bright, three times as long. but brother, don't do me wrong..."
Live, Laugh, Love
By Clay Walker. About not taking yourself or life in general too seriously and having a positive outlook on life. "I'm gonna live, laugh, love just for today. Gonna take all the trouble that tomorrow might bring and put it away. Gonna drink every drop of happiness 'til they cover me up..."
Live Like You Were Dying
By Tim McGraw. A personal song about illness and death that was inspired by actual events. "He said I was in my early forties with a lot of life before me when a moment came that stopped me on a dime and I spent most of the next days looking at the x-rays Talking bout the options and talking bout sweet time I asked him when it sank in that this might really be the real end how's it hit you when you get that kinda news man what did you do?...and he said someday I hope you get the chance to live like you were dying..."
Lives In The Balance
By Jackson Brown. Song raises questions about foreign policy and government proceedings in general. "...On the radio, talk shows and the tv. You hear one thing again and again. How the U.S.A. stands for freedom and we come to the aid of a friend. But who are the ones that we call friends, these governments killing their own?..."
Live Until I Die
By Clay Walker. About making the most of your life and appreciating everything that life has to offer. "...And I don't want to think about tomorrow. I don't need anything money can buy. I don't have to beg, steal or borrow. I just wanna live until I die. Living right...Everything around me are things I dearly love..."
Livin' A Lie
By Van Zant. About the dangers and potential destruction of heroin use. "You get high everyday. Chisel another mark out on your grave...You shoot up. No matter how much you have, you can't get enough...You better stop before you die..."-
Living For The City
By Stevie Wonder. About growing up in the inner city, and dealing with a lack of opportunities, racism, prejudice and job discrimination. Problems of urban areas. "His father works, some days for fourteen hours And you can bet he barely makes a dollar. His mother goes to scrub the floors for many .And you'd best believe she hardly gets a penny...Her brother's smart he's got more sense than many. His patience long but soon he won't have any. To find a job is like a haystack needle, 'cause where he lives they don't use coloured people..."
Living In A House Divided
By Cher. About falling out of love, the break up of a relationship and an impending split or divorce. "Living in a house divided with a love that's so one sided...Look at us king and queen of emptiness. Living inside our castle of loneliness. Unable to make amends...Is this how it will end?..."
Living In Sin
By Bon Jovi. Song relates to health in that it talks about the topic of cohabitation which has become a more popular practice in our society. "I don't need no license to sign on no dotted line. And I don't need no preacher to tell me your mine...I just need you...Baby, can you tell me just where we fit in. I call it love. They call it living in sin..."
The Living Years
By Mike and the Mechanics. A son regrets that the unsolved rift between him and his father wasn't resolved before he passed away. "...Say it loud, say it clear. You can listen as well as you hear. It's too late when we died to admit we don't see eye to eye. I wasn't there that morning when my father passed away. I didn't get to tell him all the things I had to say..."
Livin' Like Kings
By Konishiki. A former three-time Sumo champion, Konishiki sings about his wrestling prowess and ability. "Make way for the Sumo, comin' straight out [of] Samoa. Known to shake the ground when I first touch down...Built to last like the Energizer Bunny; Pushin' 700 and still makin' money..."
Livin' On A Prayer
By Bon Jovi. A song about love, committment, and devotion. A couple facing economic hardship and difficulties are determined to stick it out and stay together, for better or worse. "...Tommy used to work on the docks. Unions been on strike, he's down on his luck...Gina works the diner all day. Working for her man she brings home her pay...We gotta hold on to what we've got. It doesn't make a difference if we make it or not. We've got each other and that's a lot. For love, we'll give it a shot..."
By Wishbone Ash. About the life of a person who sells drugs for a living and who tries everything possible to get people hooked on them. "...I got a fix for your despair...I got connections everywhere...Do you want to know the score? Right here in my pocket...I know what you need..."
The Load Out
By Jackson Browne. About the life of a roadie whose job is to assemble and break down the stage area for a concert. "...Pack it up and tear it down...They're the first to come and the last to leave. Workin' for that minimum wage. They'll set it up in another town...You know you guys are the champs..."
Loan Shark Blues
By Rory Gallagher. A man who is down on his luck and desperate for money goes to the local loan shark for it. "...Wife needs shoes, kids must eat. Feel so cold I can't feel my feet...Give me 'til Monday, that's only a day or two. I'll pay you back with interst...I'm in debt. I'm well aware. I'll break the law 'cause I don't care..."
By Tom Lehrer. Song takes a humorous look at great Russian mathematician Nicolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky. "Who made me the genius I am today, the mathematician that others all quote?...One man deserves the credit and Nicolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky is his name...The secret of success in mathematics, plagarize..."
The Logical Song
By Supertramp. About the stifling effect of traditional education programs, and the loss of childhood innocence. "When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful, a miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical... But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible, logical, responsible, practical. And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable, clinical, intellectual, cynical..."
By Grand Funk Railroad. About the oppression and mistreatment of the Native American Indian. Lead singer Mark Farner is of Native American origin. "...None of the stories in the school books said it. The truth is gone and their tryin' to forget it...The Indian made his life from the ground...Where his tee-pee once stood there now is a town..."
Loneliness of The Long
By Iron Maiden. Inspired by the Alan Sillitoe novel and 1962 movie of the same name. "...The line is getting nearer but do you want the glory that goes. You reach the final stretch. Ideals are just a trace. You feel like throwing the race. It's all so futile..."
By America. Song is about having hope in times of adversity and never giving up on yourself no matter how down you may feel. "This is for all the lonely people. Thinking that life has passed them by. Don't give up until you drink from the silver cup...And never take you down or never give you up. You never know until you try..."
Lonely Woman's Cry
By Streets. People struggling to get by in Hells Kitchen, New York. "Hell's kitchen was boiling, in the heat of July Everybody was poor, everybody was dry Came down through the street life, bad blood was in town They were looking for me, something had to go down... I had nothing to hide, I had nothing at all One American misfit, another criminal face I wish I'd never been born, in such a dangerous place.."
The Lone Ranger
By Rupert Hine. A light hearted tribute to the famous cowboy, the Lone Ranger. "...Me Tonto Kimosabi...Real god friend to Kimosabi. Save another silver bullet. Hi ho Silver away. Ride into tomorrow today. But who was that masked man you say? That was the Lone Ranger..."
The Lone Rhinoceros
By Adrian Belew. The song is a tribute to the rhinoceros and about the plight of endangered animal species facing extinction. "I'm a lone rhinoceros there ain't one hell of a lots of us left in this world. I stand alone in my concrete cell where people stare and toss me Coke cans. I guess it's better than being poached but I'd give my horn just to see my homeland..."
The Lonesome Death of Hattie
By Bob Dylan. Based on actual events, song reminds listeners of the painful memories and legacy of racism in
Long Black Veil
By The Band. Inspired by a real life murder, song reveals how betrayal, infidelity, and mistaken identity result in a person sacrificing his life in order to protect the name and honor of the woman he loves. "...There were a few at the scene and they all did agree that the man who ran looked a lot like me...I spoke not a word although it meant my life. I had been in the arms of my best friend's wife..."
Longest Beer Of The Night
By The Kingston Trio. About using alcohol to deal with the break up of a relationship. References also made to binge drinking. "...Maybe I was a fool thinkin' I could drown you outta my mind...I'm just nursin' the longest beer of the night..."
Long Hard Climb To The Bottom
By Matt Minglewood. About alcohol abuse and "hitting rock bottom". "...On your first step down you'll meet your friend the bottle...He's now your friend and he'll be there when you reach the bottom...You think about your misery and you wallow in despair...On your long hard road to the bottom..."
Long Time Gone
By David Crosby. A political and social activism song about disillusionment, frustration and loss of innocence. Song was written as a response or in reaction to the series of assassinations during the tumultuous 1960's in particular that of Robert Kennedy "...Hear, you must hear what the people say. You know there's something that's goin on around here... Speak out, you got to speak out against the madness, you got to speak your mind, if you dare. But don't no don't now try to get yourself elected. If you do you had better cut your hair..."
By Poco. About believing in yourself and your own abilities and facing life's problems with self confidence. "When your down, and feeling low, and there ain't nobody and no place to go. Don't feel alone, 'cause you have a friend, look within, look within. So many times we go astray, and we need somebody to show us the way. Don't be afraid, 'cause you have a friend, look within, look within..."
Lord of The Flies
By Iron Maiden. Inspired by the well known William Golding novel. "...I like all the mixed emotion and anger. It brings out the animal. The power you can feel and feelings so high on this much adrenaline. Excited but scary to believe what we've become..."
By Phil Collins. Inspired by actual events, song was written about Lorenzo Odone, a child who was diagnosed with the inherited genetic disorder ALD or Andrenoleukodystrophy. This story is also told in the 1992 movie called "Lorenzo's Oil". "...Down on Grand Comoro Island where I grew up past four, I could swim and fish and snorkel on the ocean floor... Suddenly for me the world turned upside down. Far from my friends the lions and the dolphins came this awful sound...sounds of thunder raging over me, came this monster called A-dre-no-leu-ko-dys-tro-phy..."
By 3 Doors Down. Song deals with health related issues including low self esteem, depression and suicidal thoughts. "...You're getting closer to pushing me off life's little edge. 'Cause I'm a loser and sooner or later you know I'll be dead..."
By Eminem. About determination, reaching for great heights, and working hard to accomplish your goals. "...I cannot grow old in Salem's lot So here I go is my shot. Feet fail me not or not this may be the only opportunity that I got You better lose yourself in the music, the moment You own it, you better never let it go You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo..."
Losing My Religion
By R.E.M. About feeling misunderstood, being at a loss for words, unable to express yourself, and realizing that you haven't been able to make a connection with someone. Feeling angry, awkward, and frustrated by this lack of communication. Ironically, this song is often misunderstood by people who interpret the song to be about atheism. The phrase "losing my religion" is a colloquialism from the southern region of the
Lost Another One
By Graham Nash. Song was written as a tribute to Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia after he died in August of 1995 from heart failure. Lyrics unavailable at this time...
Lost In America
By John Palumbo. A commentary about societal ills. References made to drug use, poor parenting skills, guns and illegal activities. "Mr. White...Mrs. White...Buying their cocaine, stuffing it up their noses. Showing their children why we're lost in America...Cap'n Tom with the CIA...Sells guns and bomb and secret plans...Jimmy-Jeff-Bob...Visits his son who's doing time for shooting someone..."
Lost Woman Song
By Ani Difranco. About the emotional and physical pain of abortion. "...now I'm sitting in this waiting room playing with the toys and I am here to exercise my freedom of choice...I am growing older waiting in this line some of lifes best lessons are learned at the worst times...on that sterile battlefield that sees only casualties never heros my heart hit absolute zero...but I don't think there's a one of us leads a life free of mistakes"
By Neil Young. About the importance and healing power of love. "It's gonna take a lotta love to change the way things are. It's gonna take a lotta love or we won't get too far...It's gonna take a lotta love to make things work out right..."
By Randy Newman. About the devastating floods that occured in 1927 in the state of
By Joe Pickering, Jr. This song is a tribute to Native American athlete Louis Sockalexis. “Louis Sockalexis of the Penobscot Nation was a turn of the century sports sensation The first to make the Holy Cross Sport’s Hall The nation’s best college player of them all In his last year there he hit fourty four God gave him the talent to do even more…”
Love And Happiness
By John Cougar Mellencamp. Talks about how people have lost faith in their value systems and each other because of the many conflicts and problems in our world today. "Well we're droppin' our bombs in the southern hemisphere. And people are starving that live right here. And they're tearin' down walls in the name of peace. And they're killing each other in the Middle East. But love and happiness have forgotten our names. And there's no value left in love and happiness..."
Love And Heroin
By Eric Lee Green. This song tells the story of a relationship destroyed by drugs. "Well there was places that you had to go where I could not follow you I watch you go away and didn't know what to do...I saw you on a corner with some street drugs in your hand You saw me and you turned your head I turned and walked away..."
Love Can Move Mountains
By Celine Dion. Deals with many issues including faith, hope, trust, and love. "...There ain't a dream that don't have a chance to come true now. Just takes a little faith baby...There ain't nothing in our way baby. Nothing our love couldn't rise above...We can get to the light, long as we got our love to light the way..."
Love Has No Color
By War and Peace. About unity, brotherhood and living in harmony with your fellow man. "...Let's all come together now. A whole lotta loving is what we need. Join hands now brothers and sisters...Black and white, uniting colors everywhere..."
Love Has The Power
By Toto. A social responsibility song about the power and importance of love and empathy. "There is too much hatred...Too much inhumanity. Angry words and bad attitudes are gonna get you nowhere...There's a power that's within you. It will never let you down. Love has the power. It's strong as a tower you can lean on..."
Love Is A Commitment
By Larry Norman. Relates to emotional health. About the true meaning of love. "...Love is not a promise that you tear apart. Love is a commitment heart to heart...Love is not a matter of time and space. Love is not a flower in a golden vase...Love is a commitment face to face..."
Love Is A Good Thing
By Sheryl Crow. About many problems/issues in society and their impact on young people. "It's much too scary and you might see something you wish you hadn't seen" Specific reference to youth violence and the criminal justice system. "Watch our children while they kill each other...Welcome to the hallway, metal detectors just been installed", "We try our criminals in the press justice is a fading light" Chorus expresses a message of hope and opportunity, "Love Is A Good Thing".
Love Is A Wonderful Thing
By Michael Bolton. Song relates to emotional health. About the positive nature of love. "...Love is a wonderful thing. Make you smile through the pouring rain. Love is a wonderful thing...Take your heart and make it sing..."
By The Ramones. About Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen whose short lives together were marred with violence and severe drug abuse. Spungen overdosed on heroin and Vicious ended up committing suicide. "Sid and Nancy" was a 1986 movie starring Gary Oldham and Chloe Webb. "Sid was a punk rock king. Nancy was a broken queen...Sid and Nancy were a mess. When you're hooked on heroin. Don't you know, you'll never win...Love kills..."
Love Of A Lifetime
By Firehouse. About finding your soulmate and commiting to monogomy. "...With you I never wonder will you be there for me. With you I never wonder, you're the right one for me...We both know we will betogether...Finally found the love of a lifetime..."
The Love Of The Game
By Bill Harley. Song stresses fun and sportsmanship instead of competition when playing team sports. Great song for young athletes and parents who have the "win at all costs" mentality. "...Sometimes you lose and sometimes you win. If they knock you down just get up again. If you've done your best don't feel ashamed. 'Cause you play for the love of the game..."
By Five For Fighting. According to the artist, I thought it was an important song to put on the record because in the past I've seen how people react to it. What is not obvious is that the song is about divorce through the eyes of a child. “…Please don’t go away from me…Take those damn pictures off that shelf Put away your mommy you don’t need her I found you a new one… she’ll be here soon She says…my God it’s over He say’s… I found another fish in the sea I say… why me? Why me? Why me? Why is it me?”
By Kathi Hart. A teenage girl gets caught up in the heat of the moment and has unprotected sex. She becomes pregnant and her boyfriend doesn't stick around so she must raise the child on her own.. Years later when her daughter becomes a teenager the mother tells her to remain abstinent and not make the same mistakes that she did. "There's a scared little girl and a wild little boy playin' with love like a brand new toy...There's a scared girl but the wild boy is gone...there's another life inside her now...there's a pretty young girl dressin' up for the dance. Her mamas thinking back to her first wild romance...she says darlin' don't make my mistake. Love waits..."
By Two Headed Puppy. This song is about romance and dating in the age of the internet. "We caught a glimpse of each other across a smoky crowded chat room I totally loved the way she crossed her t’s and I adored her i's We started talking about life how we never really chat online just tonight I told her I was rich forgot to say I lied She told me she was beautiful ' Forgot to say inside..."
Low Self Opinion
By Rollins Band. A person offering advice and trying to help someone who has given up on himself. Song deals with issues of identity, self esteem and self pity. "I think you got a low self opinion man. I see you standing all by yourself unable to express the pain of your distress. You withdraw deeper inside. You alienate yourself and everybody else...They got so tired of you and your self ridicule. They wrote you off and left you behind..."
By Emerson, Lake and Palmer. A man who was shot and killed while fighting for his country is honored at his funeral. "...White lace and feathers, they made up his bed. A gold covered mattress on which he was laid. He went to fight wars for his country and his king...A bullet had found him, his blood ran as he cried. No money could save him so he laid down and he died..."
Lucy At The Gym
By Jill Sobule. Song is about a woman who is obsessed and addicted to working out. Too much exercise is sometimes a sign of anorexia. "Lucy at the gym. She's there everytime I go...She must live at the gym...Lucy on the scale for the third time...She never stops..."
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
By The Beatles. Numerous references made to drug induced hallucinations, "tripping". Many have suggested that the song title alludes to the drug LSD. "...Newspaper taxis appear on the shore waiting to take you away. Climb in the back with your head in the clouds and you're gone..."
By Suzanne Vega. About domestic violence, specifically child abuse. From the point of view of the victim. "Yes I think I'm okay I walked into the door again. Well, if you ask that's what I'll say."
Lullaby For A Seagull
By Le Fou de Bassan. Song was written to raise funds for the sea birds harmed by the Erika oil spill in Brittany,
By Gemini. Song is used to build language and sound awareness. Relates to reading or elementary education. "What are we gonna have for lunch, lunch, lunch. Look in the frigerator, munch, munch, munch. Take out the celery, bunch, bunch, bunch. How about some peanut butter crunch, crunch, crunch..."
Lust Or Love
By Scorpions. Every teenager and young adult should ask themselves this question before they become sexually active or get caught up in the heat of the moment. "...When I look around tell me who can I trust? Is it love?...Sometimes it's hard to know if this will be a night to treasure when the damage has been done. And the hurting has begun...Is it lust, is it love?..."
By Mortification. A personal song about Steve Rowe's (vocalist and bassist) struggle with the form of cancer known as lymphatic leukemia. "Kills immunity, rapes the blood and bone of humanity...Takes away the hair. Takes away the life...Years of suffering. Lymphosarcoma..."
Machine Gun Kelly
By James Taylor. Song is about notorious gangster and bank robber George "Machine Gun" Kelly. "I'll tell you about Machine Gun Kelly. He rode along the outlaw trail...They stuck him in Levenwoth Prison where he lived until his dying day..."
By Marillion. Song is about self realization, rejuvenation of oneself, and feeling good because of others. "...I have seen this face a thousand times, every morning of my life. But I never saw these eyes so clear. Free of doubt and pain. Like the whole world has been made again...Like the inside and outside of me has been made again by you..."
By Lynyrd Skynyrd. A tribute to bass player Leon Wilkeson who died in July 2001 of natural causes According to singer Johnny Van Zant, "That's about brother Leon…God broke the mold when he built him. He survived the plane crash and we always used to kid him, called him the Mad Hatter and the Cat in the Hat because he had nine lives." …We never say goodbye, we always say so long. You had nine lives I can’t believe there all gone. The mad hatter’s movin’ on…”
Madman In Waco
By Paul Ruderman. About cult leader David Koresh and the Branch Davidians. Song talks about their standoff with police in Waco, Texas in 1993. "...It all comes down to the madman in Waco...Any freak can become the master...Just another jaded man groveling to God's command..."
By Lou Reed. From the "Magic and Loss" CD which is "Dedicated to Doc and especially to Rita...Between two
Aprils I lost two friends..." A personal song about disease, death, and the will or desire to live. "...I hate this painful body that disease has slowly worn away...Inside I'm young and vital...So many things to do-it's too early for my life to be ending...I want some magic to keep me alive. I want a miracle...I don't want to die..."
By Red Hot Chili Peppers. A tribute to the Los Angeles Lakers with specific references to players A.C. Green, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Magic Johnson. "...penetrating the lane like a bullet train, comes the magic blood a telepathic brain... does anybody want some Magic Johnson? L.A. Lakers fast break makers, kings of the court shake and bake all takers..."
By Triumph. About the therapeutic powers of music. Music as a force to educate, motivate, heal, and inspire others. "...She's had a rotten day so she hopes the DJ's gonna play her favorite song. It makes her feel much better, brings her closer to her dreams...the world is full of compromise, the infinite red tape. But the music's got the magic it's your one chance for escape. So turn me on, turn me up, it's your turn to dream. A little magic power makes it better than it seems..."
By Brutal Truth. About heroin use. "...Tie the sickness, ingested down. Rush of heat, suppress the pain. Eyes roll, days away...Sick desire. Kicks for liars..."
By Social Distortion. A woman ruins her physical appearance, her health and her life by using heroin. "...She unwraps the foil. Takes out her spoon, starts to boil. She used to be pretty to all her friends. But the hypodemic needle took her to the end..."
Make It Shine
By Quarterflash. Song is about positive thinking, believing in your own abilities, and reaching for your dreams and goals. "There's a miracle waiting, there's a ticket worth taking. There's a reason to believe your eyes...Yeah, it's risky but it's worth the ride. And all the dreams that you've held inside, yes, they're waiting to break out. You just have to try..."
Makin' Music For Money
By Sensational Alex Harvey Band. Song is about a musician who would rather make music for the love of it then "sell out" and change their musical style to please the public and for monetary gain. "...My agent just called me and told me what I should be. If I would make my music for money instead of makin' music for me...The people only buy the love songs, rock and roll and not to long. He said you got to be commercial if you want to turn the people on. I won't make music for money. No, I'm gonna make music for me..."
By Everclear. Song deals with issues of domestic violence, rape, power, and physical abuse. “Maybe I went too far this time but I just go crazy when she says no…He used to touch me nice when we first met. I never dreamed he would hit me, I never dreamed he would hold me down..."
Mama Nature Said
By Thin Lizzy. About environmental awareness and how humans are slowly killing Mother Earth. "...You're killing my rivers, drowning my baby streams. Day by day, I hear them scream...It's murder what you've done..."
By Merle Haggard. About a rebellious young man who has been incarcerated and soon realizes that his mother had tried to raise him properly but it was his own fault that he ended up going down the wrong path in life. "...One and only rebel child from a family meek and mild...And I turned twenty-one in prison, doin' life without parole. No one could steer me right but mamma tried. Mamma tried to raise me better but her pleading I denied. And that leaves me only to blame 'cause mamma tried..."
By Slayer. According to the artist... "I was influenced by all the anti-war films around at the moment, like "Platoon" and "Full Metal Jacket". I can really imagine what the poor sods had to put up with in Vietnam-sacrificed... "..."Lying, dying, screaming in pain. Begging, pleading, bullets drop like rain. Mines exploded...Insane..."
By Simple Minds. Song is a tribute to ant-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela. "...Wipe the tears from your saddened eyes. They say Mandela's free to step outside. The rising sun sets Mandela on his way...Mandela's free..."
By Rush. About the secret project to build the atomic bomb, during WWII. Specific reference to the Enola Gay. Story is also told in the movie, Fat Man and Little Boy. "Imagine a time when it all began. In the dying days of a war, a weapon - that would settle the score. Whoever found it first would be sure to do their worst..."
By Jimi Hendrix. About depression and emotional health. "Manic depression is touching my soul. I know what I want but I just don't know. How to go about getting it...Manic depression is a frustrating mess..."
By The Bangles. The antithesis of TGIF. "Six o'clock already I was just in the middle of a dream...But I can't be late 'cause then I guess I just won't get paid...It's just another manic monday. I wish it were Sunday. 'Cause that's my fun day, an I don't have to run day..."
By Sepultura. About the "storming" of Carandiru penitentiary in Brazil.
Man In The Mirror
By Michael Jackson. About improving the world through individual actions, and changed attitudes. Deals with personal and social responsibilty. "...I'm starting with the man in the mirror. I'm asking him to change his ways. And no message could have been any clearer. If you wanna make the world a better place take a look at yourself, and then make a change..."
The Man In The Moon
By Adrian Belew. This is a personal song that pays tribute to the artist's father. "There I stood in the night
out on the broken pier me with my feet in the sea you with your face in the clouds, the man in the moon...I felt your eyes like the tide pulling me out into the air for a moment in time you held me there, father and son, home again"
Man In The Wilderness
By Styx. About self doubt, the lifelong pursuit of happiness, peace of mind, and questioning one's place in the world. Also deals with soul searching and wondering if your accomplishments are worthy. "Another year has passed me by, still I look at myself and cry. What kind of man have I become? All the years I've spent in search of myself and I'm still in the dark. 'Cause I can't seem to find the light alone..."
Man On The Edge
By Iron Maiden. About an individual pushed to the "edge" by the pressures of society. Feeling cheated, trapped, and misunderstood, the individual resorts to violence. Based on the 1993 movie "Falling Down" starring Michael Douglass. "The freeway is jammed and it's backed up for miles. The car is an oven and it's baking is wild...A briefcase a lunch and a man on the edge. Each step gets closer to losing his head...Falling down, Falling Down, Falling down...Across the city he leaves in his wake, a glimpse of the future a cannibal state..."
Man On The Moon
By R.E.M.Song is a tribute to the late comedian/performance artist Andy Kaufman who was a true practitioner of the art of deception . In another sense, the song deals with the relative nature of illusion or perception. Song is also about the power or importance of faith, determination and how dreams can come true. "...Hey Andy did you hear about this one? Tell me are you locked in the punch? Hey Andyare you goofing on Elvis, hey baby are we losing touch? If you believed they put a man on the moon, man on the moon. If you believe there's nothing up my sleeve, then nothing is cool...If you believed they put a man on the moon..."
(Man Out Of Time) Edison's
By Tesla. A tribute to Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) renowned engineer, inventor, and scientist. "Thought you was crazy. You was one of a kind! Man out of time! Man out of time!..." Song includes specific references to Thomas Edison and Guglielmo Marconi.
By Blink 182. A person leaves a relationship due to their partner's continued alcohol abuse and inability to quit drinking. "...You're out of line and rarely sober. We can't depend on your excuses...You can only lean on me for so long. Bring the ship around as you're about to watch a friend drown...So sorry it's over. There is so much more that I wanted..."
A Man's Home Is His Castle
By Faith Hill. Song is about domestic violence, tells the story of a woman who is physically and emotionally abused. "...Makeup can't cover up a blackened eye...he hit the roof, hit the wall, then it was my turn...his home is his castle and mine is a cage...." Go to the Gallery section of this site to find a student poem inspired by this song.
Man Smart, Women Smarter
By Grateful Dead. Song pays tribute to women and their superior intellect. "Let us put men and women together, see which one is smarter. Some say men, but I say no, women got the men like a puppet show. It ain't me it's the people that say, men are leading women astray. I say, it's the women today, smarter than the men in every way.
That's right the women are smarter, the women are smarter that's right..."
The Man Who Made Momma Cry
By Lee Ann Womack. An absentee father returns after being away for years and his daughter must deal with the emotional baggage from his disappearance. “All you’ve ever been is a call now and then…To me you’re just the man who made my mama cry…Well you’re a little too late. I don’t have the time to waste catchin’ up…”
The Man Who Shot Liberty
By James Taylor. About the impact or influence of sudden and mistaken fame stemming from the shooting of a notorious gunslinger. See the movie. "...Many a man would face a gun and many a man would fall. the man who shot Liberty Valance he was the bravest of them all..
Many Rivers To Cross
By Jimmy Cliff. About life's struggles and perserverance. "...I've got many rivers to cross but I can't seem to find my way...I've been kicked, washed up for years and I merely survive beacause of my pride..."
Map to Buried Treasure
By David Crosby and Jan Crosby. A tribute to the beauty and joy of love. Song is about the time, effort, and committment that is required for building a lasting and meaningful relationship. "I wear your allegiance like a cloak of trust wrapped around the heart of me and no conditions were discussed when we joined forces helplessly... it's trust that holds it anchored it's trust that takes years to build without it there is nothing just emptiness unfilled..."
By Urban Guerillas. An environmental song about the British nuclear testing program in
Marching In Time
By 21 Guns. A soldier of war is affected by the death and destruction that are occuring around him. "...Writing home to those who it may concern. My hands are shaking for the boys I know won't return...Morning broke to cold light of day. The guns have stopped with no more to say. Silent tears and wounds that won't heal. I can't forget the pain, it was all too real. I'm just a man of flesh and blood...".
March The Heroes Home
By Blackmore's Night. Song is about honoring soldiers who return home from war. "I sing the praise of honored wars of glory and of kings. The bravery of soldiers, the joy that peace can bring...They've packed away the firearms, the trumpets lay to rest...".
By Jimmy Buffett. A person turns to alcohol as a way of coping with problems, seeking comfort and solace from the bottle. Song deals with several health related issues including substance abuse, denial, and taking responsibility for your actions. "..Wasted away again in Margaritaville. Searchin' for my lost shaker of salt. Some people claim that there's a woman to blame, But I know it's my own damn fault..."
By Angel. Song is based on writer Samuel Taylor Coleridge's novel "Rime of the Ancient Mariner". "Just an old man on the sea, sailed the straits alone, ship and me...Take me where the winds have blown on an endless voyage home. Where the albatross has flown..."
By Blink 182. Anti-smoking song that raise awareness about the marketing of cigarettes. "The Marlboro Man is dead long live the Marlboro Man...the ultimate salesman for the sexy macho flame of death...the Marlboro Man can spit into the wind and not get sprayed he smokes and smokes and smokes
but he never coughs..."
Marten Hartwell Story
By Stompin' Tom Conners. Song is based on Canadian pilot Martin Hartwell whose mercy flight crashed on the way to
Mary Anne Lost Her Baby
By Enuff Z'nuff. A pregnant mother has an abortion and regrets her decision later on in life as she is all alone. "...They call your name into another room where they tell you there's no pain. Well you might not feel it now, your just symplifying things...Responsibilities, remove them with machines...Spending life alone when you could have had the joys..."
Masque Of The Red Death
By Crimson Glory. Song is about the deadly HIV virus with references to risk behaviors and risk taking. "...Masque, masque of the red death. No one is safe from the poisonous plague that you breed. Masque, masque of the red death. The price you pay for your lust may be your life...No one is saved, no one remembers your name..."
By Loaf. According to the artist... I wrote "Master" about a dog I saw inside a pickup truck at a gas station. He started whimpering when his owner got out of the truck...The dog sat in the driver's seat and sadly hung his head out the window. But he pepped up as soon as he saw his owner..."...I am so happy when master's here with me. He is my greatest friend. He is my master...I know I'm special to him..."
Master Of Puppets
By Metallica. About drug addiction and its negative consequences. "...I'm your source of self-destruction...Taste me you will see more is all you need. You're dedicated to how I'm killing you...Master..."
Masters Of War
By Bob Dylan. A protest song that describes the horrors of war and how world leaders fail to recognize the destruction that is happening."...You that never done nothin' but build to destroy. You play with my world like it's your own little toy. You put a gun in my hand and you hide from my eyes. And you turn and run farther when the fast bullets fly..."
By Jimmy Buffett. This satirical song reveals the singers feelings regarding the Rodney Dangerfield (no respect) of school subjects, mathematics. "...Let's start with something simple, like one and one ain't three. Any two plus two will never get you five. There are fractions in my subtraction and x don't equal y but my homework is bound to multiply. Math suks math suks. I'd like to burn this textbook, I hate this stuff so much. Math suks math suks..."
By Paula Cole. Song deals with several themes or issues related to identity; self esteem, self image, self love. "...And it's me who is my enemy. Me who beats me up. Me who makes the monsters. Me who strips my confidence...I am carrying my voice...But you can't kill my spirit It's soaring and it's strong..."
By Staind. An individual grows up in a dysfunctional family and is scarred for life because of it. "I hear you talk about your family life. I wish I knew just what that means. I guess my mother never loved my dad and now I wear it on my sleeve...I've been programmed to take it all and shove it way down inside..."
Me And A Gun
By Tori Amos. An autobiographical song about rape. The Rape Abuse and Incest National Network was later founded by this artist. "...It was me and a gun and a man on my back. And I sang holy, holy as he buttoned down his pants...And he pushed you flat on your stomach...
Me And Mrs. Jones
By Billy Paul. Song is about an extramarital affair. "Me and Mrs. Jones we've got a thing going on. We both know its wrong but it is too strong to let it go now...We gotta be extra careful that we don't build our hopes too high...'Cause she's got her own obligations..."
Me And My Wine
By Def Leppard. References to alcohol abuse, public drunkeness, blackouts, loss of reality and hangovers. "...'Oh me and the boys have been drinking. Feeling like this is the wrong time for thinking...Now my brain and my body are runnin' on different rails...'Oh and I wake up in a subway station. Lying half dead on the floor. I don't remember anything that happened the night before..."
The Meaning Of Life
By The Offspring. About individuality and finding out who you are instead of conforming to the norm or the path most traveled. "...I'm always feeling steered away by someone trying to tell me what to say and do. I don't want it. I gotta find my own way. I gotta make my own mistakes..."
By Y&T. About an unhealthy and controlling relationship. "...Everytime that I look at you boy I can see your a nervous wreck. You try too hard to give her every little thing...Well, she'd laugh in her face but you're kissing her feet...She's got a mean streak..."
Meat Is Murder
By The Smiths. An animal rights song about the meat packing industry. "Heifer whines could be human cries
closer comes the screaming knife this beautiful creature must die this beautiful creature must die a death for no reason and death for no reason is MURDER and the flesh you so fancifully fry is not succulent, tasty or nice it is death for no reason..."
By Scorpions. Song is about the impact of various media and how they sensationalize news stories, bombarding the public with images and information."They're watching me, they're watching you. Taking all the world under control. They make you laugh, they make you blue. In the end they try to eat your soul...Satellites transmit the latest thrill. We can't escape the media overkill. Over and over and over..."
By The Verve Pipe. About using substances in order to escape reality. "...I've got to medicate myself again...One more drink and I will be drowned. I know you hate to see me as I defeat myself this way...You know I'm slipping day by day..."
By Paul McCartney and Wings. Song is about the dangers of drug use and abuse. References made to a "slow death" from using drugs. "...There's more to life than blues and reds. I say, I know how you feel. Now you're friends are dead. Dead on your feet you won't get far. If you keep on sticking your hand in the medicine jar..."
By Incubus. While many people have interpreted the message of this song as anti-George W. Bush, lead singer Brandon Boyd explained in a 2004 article/interview ; When we wrote this song and did the video, in no way was it a lash out against George W. Bush,'' Boyd says. ''I was thinking specifically, in mind, about a person whose (identity) is inconsequential and, for lack of a better term, inappropriate. But I think that it's a beautiful thing that people have attached their own idea en masse to the song. It will probably go down in history as that 'anti-Bush rock song.' "I hear you on the radio You permeate my screen, its' unkind but If I met you in a scissor fight I'd cut off both your wings on principle alone...Wash your hand clean of yourself baby Maniac, step down, step down...If I were your appendages I'd hold open your eyes So you would see That all of us are heaven sent..."
Me, Myself And I
By John Prine. Song talks about emotional health areas including loneliness and self pity and also has references to alcohol addiction and closet drinking. "...I've been introduced to many people I don't understand. I've been in the house of lonely...But tonight I'll throw a party and I know just what I'll do...and in that room there'll be that bottle and me, myself, and I..."
Men In Blue (No Airplay)
By Wyclef Jean. About police brutality, racism and unprovoked violence. "...One, two. Watch out for the man in blue. Three, four. I keep it raw and hardcore. Five, six. You're beating us with nightclubs. Seven, eight. I'm forced to pack a thirty-eight. Nine, ten. You put me in the pen..."
Men In Helicopters
By Adrian Belew. The song is about the problem of environmental crimes. "Wouldn't it be great to see the African plains before they lay them to waste and only the bones remain Wouldn't it be poetry to shoot holes in the poachers we see with an elephant gun. Men in helicopters fly shooting rhinos from out of the sky Why do we always assume the planet is ours to ruin? What a legacy we're leaving behind what a legacy..."
By Janis Joplin. Song is about materialistic thinking and people who think status or importance in life comes from the amount of possessions one has. "Oh, Lord wont you buy me a Mercedes Benz? My friends all drive Porches, I must make amends...Oh, Lord won't you buy me a color TV? Dialing for dollars is trying to find me..."
By Running Wild. Song is a cry to stop world hunger. "...We can't deny it's a shame for our race. It's about time to begin. With a fight against poverty, distress and pain. To hesitate now is a sin. Cry for innocent children who die an undignified death..."
The Mercy Killings
By Propain. About the rise of crime, homocide and gang activity in urban America. "...We're frightened of gunshots in the dark. Praying that our kids come home before dark...Violence nine to five...Bloodshed overflow. It's moving too fast for the folks below..."
Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)
By Marvin Gaye. About damage to the environment from various forms of pollution. "Poison is the wind...Oil wasted on the ocean and upon our seas, fish full of mercury...Radiation underground and in the sky".
Merle And Me
By David Allan Coe. Based on actual events when outlaw country rock singers Merle Haggard and David Allan Coe were incarcerated as teenagers after commiting the crime of grand theft auto. "We stole a car, old Merle and me never thinking we'd be put in jail...I was barely seventeen when they put those bars between old Merle and me..."
The Merry Minuet
By The Kingston Trio. A political commentary about societal ills and the many problems in our world. "They're rioting in Africa. They're starving in Spain. There's hurricanes in Florida and Texas needs rain...What nature doesn't do to us will be done by our fellow man..."
By Grandmaster Flash. Social commentary about struggling to survive in urban areas, feeling trapped by the crime, poverty, and despair. " Broken glass everywhere, people pissing on the stairs, you know they just don't care. I can't take the smell, I can't take the noise...It's like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder how I keep from going under..."
Message From A Black Man
By Temptations. About racism, empowerment and Black Power. "Yes my skin is black but that's no reason to hold me back...No matter how you try ya can't stop me now...Together we stand, divided we fall..."
Message Of Peace
By Ray Korona. This song is about hope, optimism, unity, brotherhood and peace. "...It will grow if we feed it. Don't be afraid to say that you feel it...Have you dreamed of streets without anger? Where the children are safe in the park? Of windows and doors open all night...Where we can feel peace. Let it grow in your heart..."
By Blue Oyster Cult. About the Me262, the first operational turbojet fighter which was used by
By Jefferson Airplane. A denunciation of President Nixon's 1971 drug interdiction program or policy known as Operation Intercept. "...Mexico is under the thumb of a man we call Richard. And he's come to call himself king...And he doesn't know a thing about how to deal for you..."
By Johnny McEvoy. A tribute to Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins. "On a far off August day. Cold men in ambush lay...So much hate for one so young. Who was right and who was wrong. Through a thousand years may pass we'll never know..."
By Five For Fighting. According to the artist, Michael Jordan' is about who and how we worship icons in our culture today. "...My job, my car, my cash My house on the hill My piano I'd burn to ashes (yea) I'd get on my knees, my god If I could I would give anything: To be you..."
Middle Of The Island
By Christy Moore. Song is a tribute to 15 year old Irish girl Ann Lovett who died in 1984 while secretly giving birth to her child. A national furor over the incident occured. "...She was just fifteen years old when she reached her full term. She went to a grotto, just a field in the middle of an island. To deliver herself. Her baby died, she died..."
By Terri Clark. According to the artist, ...There are people who feel like they are in a rut of sorts, because they look up at 30, and are still standing in the same spot where they were born. The person in this song sees the town as a blessing and a curse, and can't bring herself to leave. Midnight is her deadline, and it comes and goes, and she's still there. There is something of a love/hate relationship going on between the town and the person in the song. (quoted from the artist's web site) "...Everyone I run into Has known me all my life There are no secrets you can call your own Since the age of seventeen I've faced the morning light Saying this day is the day I'm gonna go All I have to do is drive away But the things that make me crazy Always make me stay...It's time to face the fact that I'm not the rebel that I thought 'Cause midnights gone but I'm not..."
By Graham Nash. About the tragedy of war, senseless death and destruction. Suffering and needless loss of life. "...And after the wars are over, and the body count is finally filed. I hope the man discovers what's driving the people wild..."
By Gary Moore/Phil Lynott. An anti-war song. "...Mama take a look at your boy...He's a soldier, he's colder, he's older, mama...They have trained your boy to kill. And kill someday he will. They have trained your boy to die. Ask no questions why..."
By James Taylor. A person laments the daily grind of factory work and realizes it's a deadend job. "...Yes, but it's my life that has been wasted, and I have been the fool. To let this manufacturer use my body for a tool...Then it's me and my machine for the rest of the morning, for the rest of the afternoon, and the rest of my life..."
Mind Your Own Business
By Living Colour. About rumours and gossip. "...Gossip buzzes around your head like bees in a hive Sometimes I think that's how you stay alive Don't you hate it when those little facts interrupt? So much more fun just to make it all up...Why don't you mind your own business Why don't you mind your own business And leave mine alone..."
A Miner's Life
By The Country Gentlemen. Song is about the health risks and hard work associated with working in the mines. "Fair warnin' to your neighbor for all those who labor. At tryin' to make a livin' underground. Matters not for what you're seeking. Chances are you'll weaken. In time the odds will turn your life around..."
By Dwight Yoakam. About the dangerous occupation of coal mining. "When the whistle blows each morning and I walk down to that cold, dark mine. I say a prayer to my dear Savior. Please let me see the sunshine one more time..."
By Bruce Cockburn. This song is about the international problem of land mines. "...There's a wealth of amputation Waiting in the ground But no one can remember Where they put it down If you're the child that finds it there You will rise upon the sound Of the mines of Mozambique..."
Minutes To Midnight
By Midnight Oil. Song was written in 1984 when the minute hand of the "Doomsday Clock" was moved up to three minutes before indicating the increased threat of nuclear war during the early Reagan years. "I look at the clock on the wall. It says three minutes to midnight. Faith is blind when we're so near..."
By Ozzy Osbourne. About the crookedness and hypocrisy of televangelist Jimmy Swaggert, who had an affair with Jessica Hahn. "...Today I saw a miracle man on TV cryin'. Such a hypocritical man...Now Jimmy he got busted with his pants down...Self-righteous clown..."
Misery And Gin
By Merle Haggard. A man's personal relationship with his significant other fails and he turns to alcohol to deal with his loss. Song was written for the 1980 movie "Bronco Billy" starring Clint Eastwood. "Memories and drinks don't mix too well and jukebox records don't play those wedding bells. Starin' at the world through the bottom of a glass. All I see is a man who's fading fast...But here I am again, mixing misery and gin..."
Missing In Action
By Ernest Tubb. A prisoner of war who is presumed dead returns home to find his wife has moved on and remarried. "...For I had been wounded, they left me for dead...The enemy found me and took me away and made me a prisoner of war so they say...I returned to the old home, my sweet wife to see...My darling was wearing a new bridal veil..."
By Damn The Machine. About advancements in science endangering the environment and humanity. Specific reference to patents and the E.P.A. "...What did we mean to learn? A page we should have never turned. Sad how science leads the way, takes us to a darker age. Invention can't be done, this mission can be won..."
By Janis Ian. About living in a homeless shelter. "...There's no place like home inside these walls. Safe from the cold another night falls. What's mine is mine so I've been told. There's no place like home..."
By Grateful Dead. A personal song about disappointment, missed opportunities, and unfulfilled dreams. The setting for this song is San Francisco's Mission District. "...Ten years ago I walked this street my dreams were ridin tall. Tonight I would be thankful Lord, for any dream at all. Some folks would be happy just to have one dream come true but everything you gather is just more that you can lose...All the things I planned to do I only did half way...Walking along in the Mission in the rain..."
By Nina Simone. Social commentary about the injustice of racism. "...Don't tell me I tell you Me and my people just about due I've been there so I know...All I want is equality for my sister my brother my people and me...You don't have to live next to me Just give me my equality Everybody knows about Mississippi Everybody knows about Alabama..."
By Rory Gallagher. A tribute to the Blues. "I saw the
Miss Williams Guitar
By The Jayhawks. Tribute to musician Victoria Williams. "Sounds like a field being painted in the delta sun
songs from the book of life for everyone. Miss Williams' guitar I remember watching her play..."
By Hanson. Song is about the importance of loyalty and trust in relationships and not taking good friends for granted. "You have so many relationships in this life. Only one or two will last...So hold on to the ones who really care. In the end they'll be the only ones there...In an mmm bop they're gone. In an mmm bop they're not there..."
Mom And Dad's Waltz
By Iris Dement. A child expresses his or her love and devotion for their parents. "...My love is real for my mommy and daddy. I want them to know that I love them so...And I pray everyday for ma and pappy..."
By K-Ci and JoJo. Song is about tolerance, love and the willingness to respect and help out your fellow man. "...Let me tell you what real love is all about. If you see a man down, don't step on him. Reach down and pick him up. Pick him up, give him a helping hand..."
Mommie, Ain't That Daddy
By Dolly Parton. An alcoholic father abandons his family and is later recognized on the street pan handling for money by his kids. "...They asked me, ain't that Daddy? And yes I had to say...I thought more of the bottle than our family and our home...You may as well forget me for I'm just too forward gone..."
Money Changes Everything
By Cyndi Lauper. About the "price" some people have to pay for fame and fortune. This song was originally performed by the "Brains" and according to the artist's web site, she was inspired to record the song because it so perfectly represented the tragic events surrounding the break up of her group Blue Angel...She said everybody was always asking her what happened to Blue Angel, she said her recording of Money Changes everything was inspired by that. "...Money changes everything Money, money changes everything We think we know what we're doin' That don't mean a thing It's all in the past now Money changes everything...They say we'll be your friends We'll stick with you till the end Ah but everybody's only Looking out for themselves And you say well who can you trust..."
Money For Nothing
By Dire Straits. Song expresses blue collar workers who envy the lives of rock stars. In another sense song is a critique or indictment of musicians who abandon artistic integrity in exchange for commercial fame and financial gain. "Now look at them yo-yos. That's the way you do it. You play the guitar on the MTV. That ain't workin'. That's the way you do it. Money for nothin' and your chicks for free...Maybe get a blister on your little finger. Maybe get a blister on your thumb..."
Money (In God We Trust)
By Extreme. About greed, the desire for wealth, and how people worship money and material goods in our society. "...Money, my personal saviour. Money, a material lust. Money, life's only treasure. Money, in God we trust."
By The Kinks. Song is about the power and influence money has on people and how it can buy almost anyone or anything. "...There's no one alive who can't be purchased or enticed. There's no man alive who wouldn't sell for a price...there ain't no limit to what money can do...money can't breathe and money can't see but when I pull out a fiver people listen to me...money talks and when you've been bought, you pay attention everytime money talks..."
By Dan Bern. This song is about tennis star Monica Seles and the serious problem of stalking. "I remember Monica At the US Open She might have been 16 Couldn't have been much more...Do you remember Monica shrieking on her backhand...And then, Monica The blade came, Monica Like God spitting on you A knife in your back We read it in the paper...I hope that you win every medal you can win But it may never be much fun again... "
The Monkee's Theme
By The Monkees. This was the theme song from the short lived but popular television sitcom "The Monkees." "Here we come walking down the street. We get the funniest looks from everyone we meet. Hey, hey we're the Monkees..."
Monkey Gone To Heaven
By Pixies. About global warming, holes in the ozone layer, the greenhouse effect and the devastating effects of pollution. "...Killed by ten million pounds of sludge from New York and New Jersey. This monkey's gone to heaven...There's a hole in the sky and the ground's not cold. And if the ground's not cold everything is gonna burn..."
By Gov't Mule. About destroying one's life by using heroin and hurting friends and family. "...Down on monkey hill saw another brother testifying this morning. Talkin' 'bout how he lost everything and he said, Gonna get so high that I just don't know my name..."
Monkey On My Back
By Aerosmith. Deals with drug addiction and the negative effects it has on a person's life.. "...Well I make believe the devil made me do it. I was the evil leader of the pack. You best believe I had it all and blew it. Feedin' that monkey on my back..."
Monkey On Your Back
By Aldo Nova. Deals with drug addiction and the negative effects it has on a person's life. Song title is slang for drug addiction. "...You know he's got a problem with life and it isn't very pretty. Because he's got a monkey, monkey on his back. Dirty monkey..."
By Steppenwolf. How the American ideals of liberty and justice have been applied selectively throughout history. Song suggests that these ideals and values have been twisted or distorted over time and gradually abandoned or forgotten by many citizens. About the importance of speaking out and participating in the democratic process. Singer refers to the many people who have lost interest in the American political processs and fail to vote smart, demonstrating little concern or regard for the fate of our nation's political institutions. "Once the religious, the hunted and weary chasing the promise of freedom and hope. Came to this country to build a new vision...Later some got slaves to gather riches...While we bullied, stole, and bought a homeland, we began the slaughter of the redman....The spirit was freedom and justice and it's keepers seemed generous and kind. It's leaders were supposed to serve the country but now they won't pay it no mind. Cause the people grew fat and got lazy, now their vote is a meaningless joke...'Cause there's a monster on the loose..."
By The Animals. A tribute to the Monterey International Pop Festival which took place at the county fairgrounds in Monterey, California on June 16, 17, and 18, 1967. References to various artists that played there including Jimi Hendrix, The Byrds, The Who, Ravi Shankar, and Hugh Masakelas."...Three days of understanding, of moving with one another. Even the cops grooved with us. Do you believe me, yeah. Down in Monterey...Ten thousand electric guitars were groovin, real loud. You want to find the truth in life, don't pass music by..."
Moon Over the
By Michael Nesmith. About the beauty and wonder of our natural environment and the healing or restorative power of communing with nature."...There's something in the spirit of the language of the land, the eloquent precision, nothing less and nothing more. So, I want to watch the moon rise over the
By Uncle Tupelo. Song is about a person who illegally distills alcohol in order to make a profit by selling his finished product. References also made to alcohol addiction. “I’ve been a moonshiner for seventeen long years. And I spent all my money on whiskey and beer…If whiskey don’t kill me Lord I don’t know what will…”
More Than You Deserve
By Jim Steinman / Meat Loaf. About pain and heartache stemming from infidelity and betrayal in a relationship. "From the very first moment I saw you I Knew our love would be so strong. And the very first moment I kissed you I knew our joy would last so long. And then I saw you making love to my best friend. So I looked him right in his eyes and I said...Have yourself a ball with my good woman. Won't you take some more boy, it's more than you deserve..."
By Maureen McGovern. About the power of faith, hope, and optimism. Song is from the 1973 Oscar award winning movie “The Poseidon Adventure” starring Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine and Shelley Winters. “There’s got to be a morning after. If we can hold on through the night. We have a chance to find the sunshine. Let’s keep on lookin’ for the light. Oh, can’t you see the morning after? It’s waiting right outside the storm…”
Morning Breaks on
By Orrin G. Hatch. Song is a tribute Arlington National Cemetery and the many brave veterans who have died in service to our country. "...The lush green grass of Arlington shimmers in the morning sun as pure white crosses seem to glow sentinels in perfect rows. Everyone who lives and breathes wonders at the sight of these who gave to us a gift beyond compare...And heaven smiles upon each silent one as morning softly breaks on Arlington."
By Donna Lewis. A touching tribute to one's mother, expressing love and gratitude. "...You take my hand, show me the way. You're here to guide me. You give me strength that I need. You give me shelter, you gave me life, you gave me love. You are my mother..."
By Gov't Mule. Song is about being humble, living a simple life and enjoying what the good earth has to offer instead of relying on material possessions for satisfaction. "...You may own half the city. Even diamonds and pearls. You may have your own airplane. And you may fly, fly, fly all over the world. But I don't give a damn what you're worth. When it all comes down to it, you got to go back to mother earth..."
By Tracy Nelson. From the Fish Tree Water Blues benefit CD for Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund's campaign to save wild salmon, ancient forests, and freeflowing waterways."...I don't care how rich you are, I don't care what you're worth / When it all comes down, you've got to go back to mother earth..."
By Neil Young. A commentary on the environment and man's disregard for the well-being of the planet. "...Oh, mother earth with your fields of green...How long can you give and not receive, and feed this world ruled by greed...Respect mother earth and her giving ways, or trade away our children's days..."
By The Stratovarios Network. About intolerance, environmental awareness and the slow destruction of planet Earth by humans who pollute and rape the land. "...How can we change for better? Hate and greed's getting stronger day by day. Injustice rules the world, killing the lungs of the Earth..."
A Mother's Day
By Jim Brickman. A tribute to mother's. "..She went to the kitchen to make three school lunches. Another night in a mother's day. put the cereal bowls out for breakfast. Set the coffee maker for 6a.m. Sewed a loose button on brother's shirt..."
By Archie Roach. A social justice song inspired by actual events. This personal and moving song is sung by one of the thousands of aboriginal children who were removed from there families in accordance with the Australian government policy of forced assimiliation between the years 1910 and 1971. "When I was inside my mother her heartbeat kept me whole...my mother's heart was beating when I first touched the ground safe in my mother's keeping...my mother's heart stopped beating one dark and dreadful day and all I heard was weeping the day I went away..."
Mother's Little Helper
By Rolling Stones. This song refers to a person abusing prescription drugs to help ease the burdens and stress of everyday life. "...Mother needs something today to calm her down and though she's not really ill, there's a little yellow pill. She goes running for the shelter of a mother's little helper. And it helps her on her way, gets her through her busy day...Doctor please some more of these. Outside the door, she took 4 more..."
Mother Nature's Angry
By Rubert Hine. About preserving and protecting the environment. Teaching others to care for and respect nature, not taking this fragile gift for granted. "...Let's learn first-aid for the planet. Teach it in the schools. Until the day may come again when Mother Nature rules. Don't make this world a wilderness. Don't make our home a grave. The roof of her house is leaking, there's so much beauty to save..."
By Bill Morrissey. A couple say one last goodbye to each other before they seperate and go their own way after a divorce is final. "Moving day is over now. This house is just a shell. Say goodbye to the sights and sounds we know so well...There's no room for the dreams we had..."
Moving Too Fast
By Artful Dodger. A health-related song. Touches on the topic areas of self-respect, abstinence, self-esteem, and healthy decision making. "You're moving too fast and I don't think it's right. I'm not giving you my love tonight...Stop it please 'cos ain't no possibility..."
By Jerry Jeff Walker. About a drifter and entertainer who makes his living by dancing for change. The artist Jerry Jeff Walker grew up in Oneonta, New York. "...He said I dance now at every chance in honky tonks for drinks and tips. But most of the time I spend behind these county bars 'cause I drinks a bit...His name was Bojangles..."
By Guns N Roses. Deals with the use of illegal substances, specifically heroin. Also talks about tolerance, when you need increasing amounts of a drug to get the same effect. '... I used ta do a little, but a little wouldn't do. So the little got more and more...We been dancin' with Mr. Brownstone. He's been knockin', he won't leave me alone..."
Mr. Cab Driver
By Lenny Kravitz. A black man feels anger and prejudice when he can't get a cab because of the color of his skin. "...Mr. cab driver don't like the way I look. He don't like dreads, he thinks we're all crooks. Mr. cab driver reads too many story books...Don't ya like my kind of skin?..."
By Lagwagon. A tribute to the popular beverage and stimulant coffee. Mr. Coffee is also a popular brand of coffee maker. "Morning has broken, Mr. Coffee has spoken. The familiar wake-up call...I can now face the day on legal speed, the American way..."
By Ozzy Osbourne. Song is about Aleister Crowley, a well known 19th century English author who wrote many books about magick and other mystical subjects and who founded the Law of Thelerma. "Mr. Crowley, what went on in your head? Mr. Crowley, did you talk to the dead? Your lifestyle seemed so tragic with the thrill of it all. You fooled all the people with magic..."
Mr. Funny Face
By Sprung Monkey. Deals with our culture of violence and the societal problem of bullying. Song is about social outcasts who are mistreated subject to ridicule, and shunned by others. Song talks about the consequences of these actions and how they have an effect and impact on all of us. Singer is also reminding the listeners of the responsibility we all share to see that each and everyone is treated with dignity, love, and respect. Song also relates to the issues of empathy, personal courage, pride, morality, and values. "...Hey Mr. funny face I was just wondering what are you feeling? Walking down the street and everyone is staring at you. Pointing their fingers as you walk on by...having their fun just trying to make you cry...If I was walking down the street and everyone was staring at me, pointing their fingers as I walked on by...I'd probably turn my head, run and hide...You just stand proud as you look them in the eye. No, you don't run, and you don't cry. You just smile and say hello...I see the way you hold yourself amongst all the world's adversity. Because there's a tear that leaves me everytime I see all the things they've done to you..."
By Grown Men. About the importance of goal setting, reaching for great heights, and not letting the fear of failure hold you back. "...Live a slave to broken dreams and keep ambitions meek. Or leap with faith across the stream to claim the prize you seek...The gate stands open wide the road is yours to run. When doubts are cast aside your battles will be won."
By Tom Waits. Gangster Bugsy Siegel was the inspiration for this song. "...I wiped off my revolver and buttoned up my burgundy shirt. I shot the morning in the back with my red wing tips on...Why are the wicked so strong..."
By Arrested Development. About a homeless person, living on the streets. "Two dollars is a snack for me, but it means a big deal to you" Provides another perspective on this issue. "Uncivilized we call him but I just saw him eat off the food we waste." Respect and compassion for those who are less fortunate.
Muir Power To You
By Bill Oliver. A tribute to conservationist John Muir. "Long is the legend of the life of John Muir and many are the dangers he braved. Without his leadership you can be sure Yosemite would never have been saved...Muir power to you..."
By Human Sacrifice. About the financial problems caused by substance abuse. References made to gateway drugs. "...You've been savin' all your money. 'Cause you need to buy some buds and some beer. Now your moving up...The price is getting higher every hit...Your debt keeps coming..."
Mumia Abu-Jamal Was Framed
By Peter Hicks andGeoff Francis. Song is about Mumia Abu-Jamal, an African American journalist, broadcaster and political activist who is on death row after being tried and convicted for the murder of a
By David Gilmour. Song expresses feelings of sadness and grief about a senseless killing. Said to be inspired by, or referring to, events and circumstances surrounding the death of John Lennon. "Some of them standing, some were waiting in the line, as if there were something that they thought they might find...What was it brought you out here in the dark? Was it your only way of making your mark? Did you get rid of all the voices in your head?...But none of the tears that we cry in sorrow or rage can make any difference, or turn back the page."
Murder In The Skies
By Gary Moore. About the downing of KAL flight 007 over the
The Murder Of Johnny Gammage
By The Ploughman's Lunch. Song is about Johnny Gammage who died in a struggle with police after a routine traffic stop on October 12, 1995 in Brentwood, PA. Speculation looms around what actually happened during the confrontation with police. Many feel it was a racially motivated incident. "...Johnny Gammage. Now it was on the 12th of October, 1995. This was the last night Johnny Gammage was alive...A routine traffic stop ended up in murder...They did their deadly damage and murdered the life out of poor Johnny Gammage..."
Murders In The Rue Morgue
By Iron Maiden. Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's well known story. "I remember it as plain as day although it happened in the dark of night...And then I heard a piercing scream and I rushed to the scene of the crime..."
By Grown Men. About the dangers of nuclear proliferation and the insanity of the arms race. "...All of the generals are part of the plan. Treaties are over. To hell with test bans. Millions have planned and worked for this day. targets are locked in it's missiles away...Brighter than the sunniest day. It's burning, it's boiling, it's melting down."
My Baby's In Love With Eddie
By "Weird Al" Yankovic. This songpays tribute to Eddie Vedder, lead singer of the grunge rock group
By Neil Young. A father realizes how fast time is going by as his son seems to be growing up so quickly. "Vacation gone, school is out. Summer ends year in, year out...I thought we'd just begun. Why are you growin' up so fast my son..."
My Buddy Dr. Clayton
By Willie Smith. This song is a tribute to musician Peter J. "Doctor" Clayton. "My buddy my buddy doctor Clayton, he has been here and gone My buddy my buddy doctor Clayton, he has been here and gone But you know he waved his hand, and told me to carry on..."
My City Was Gone
By The Pretenders. About the Pretender’s lead singer Chrissy Hynde’s return to her hometown and commenting on the effects of industrialization and how it had altered the environment as she had remembered when she was younger. “I went back to Ohio but my city was gone…All my favorite places…Reduced to parking spaces…But my pretty countryside had been paved down the middle…The farms of Ohio had been replaced by shopping malls…”
My Country 'Tis Of Thy People
By Buffy Saint Marie. The artist states... My point of view in this song is that the American people haven't been given a fair share at learning the true history of the American Indian. I try to tell the story that's left out of the history books... "Now that you're wondering how must they feel. Meaning them that you've chased across America's movie screens...Blankets for your land, so the treaties attest. Oh well, blankets for land is a bargain indeed..."
By Paul Petersen. About a person who has great admiration and love for their father. "...My Dad, now here is a man to me is everything strong. No, he can't do no wrong, my Dad...Oh, he's always there my Dad..."
My Father's Eyes
By Marie Claire Dubaldo. A child has unresolved feelings and issues regarding his father who left home and never returned. "...They stopped saying his name. Mother took a lover but I never gave up hope of seeing my father... He'd always tell me that I was his little dove. But he never said goodbye and I still feel his love..."
My Father's Town
By Doug Hoekstra. This song tells the story of a man trapped in a tourist town, competing with ghosts of generations past, as he struggles to find his way to a better place embodied in what Yeats called
My Free Will Ain't Living
By Mojo Nixon. An anti-war song. "...You can't make me kill another man. You can't make me drop bombs on this land. You can't make me be a part of all your killing. My free will just ain't willing..."
By E'nuff Z'nuff. An anti-drug song. "Why does everybody dig the pain?...It's a sin. You can't win. Heroin...It's a choice that you don't have to choose. One hit, you lose..."
By Bruce Springsteen. A lifelong resident realizes how many changes in society have altered the way of life in his small town. Song describes an emotionally significant place and the people connected to it."...I'd sit on his lap in that big old Buick and steer as we drove through town. He'd tussle my hair and say son take a good look around. This is your hometown...Now mainstreet's whitewashed windows and vacant stores, seems like there ain't nobody wants to come down here no more....Packing up our bags, maybe heading south. I'm thirty-five, we got a boy of our own now...Son take a good look around this is your hometown."
My Last Breath
By Katherine Wheatley. According to the artist...A friend of mine died tragically while I was recording my CD...He'd been to visit his mother in Vietnam who was dying of tuberculosis. He contracted the disease and died a few months later... "...Lord give me peace of mind. My mouth is dry. I'm scared to death. Will you show me how to draw my last breath?..."
My Last Cigarette
By K.D. Lang. Song is about a person who vows that they will quit smoking. "...I have a habit I have been trying to lose. Everyone thinks they know what they want. Sometimes your drug chooses you. There are some things that I've promised myself...This is my last cigarette..."
By Iris Dement. A person feels lost and and lacking direction because she is confused about her own identity. About the search for meaning and purpose in one's life. "My life it don't count for nothing...My life, it's half way traveled and still I have not found my way out of this night..."
My Little Demon
By Fleetwood Mac. About the dark side of human behavior and the fact that people behave irrationally even though their conscience tells them otherwise. Ironically, this is one of President Bill Clinton's favorite groups. They reunited to perform at his inaugural gala in January, 1993. "My little demon's turnin' me around. All of my friends keep on tellin' me that I just ain't the man I used to be...My little demon, makin' me choose. Making me an offer I can't refuse..."
By The Eagles. Song is a tribute to deceased country, folk and rock musician Gram Parsons. "...I once knew a man, a very talented guy. He'd sing for the people and people would cry. They knew his song came from deep down inside...He's gone far beyond the pain..."
My My, Hey Hey ( Out of the
By Neil Young. Song is dedicated to the Sex Pistols' Johnny Rotten. "...The king is gone but he's not forgotten. Is this the story of Johnny Rotten? It's better to burn out 'cause rust never sleeps. The king is gone but he's not forgotten..."
My Name Is Liza Kalvelage
By Pete Seeger. Inspired by actual events song is almost a verbatim adaptation of a statement given by a woman in May, 1966 in
My Next Thirty Years
By Tim McGraw. Song talks about making positive changes in one's life and working toward improving your mental, social, spiritual and physical health. "...My next thirty years I'm gonna settle all my scores...Find a world of happiness without the hate and fear...I'm gonna watch my weight. Eat a few more salads and not stay up so late...Raise a little family and hang out with my wife. Spend precious moments with the ones I hold dear..."
My Nova Scotia Home
By Hank Snow. Song is a tribute to the beautiful and scenic Canadian province of Nova Scotia. "There's a place I always cherish 'neath the blue Atlantic sky. Where the shores down in Cape Briton bid the golden sun to rise... Back in dear, old Nova Scotia..."
My Old Pal Blues (Dedicated
To The Memory Of Leroy Carr)
By Scrapper Blackwell. Song is a tribute to deceased blues pianist Leroy Carr who was a well known musician in the 1930's. "I woke up in the morning, couldn't hardly get out of bed. When I got the news that Leroy Carr was dead...The day of his funeral I hated to see Leroy's face. Because I know there's no one who could ever take his place..."
My Own Prison
By Creed. A personal or autobiographical song about self knowledge, accepting responsibility for your own life, and recognizing that the source or origins of our problems often lies within."...The walls are cold and pale. The cage made of steel. Screams fill the room. Alone I drop and kneel. Silence now the sound...So I held my head up high. Hiding hate that burns inside. Which only fuels their selfish pride. We're all held captive..."
My Own Worst Enemy
By Lit. About the dangers of substance abuse and the "ripple effect" or downward spiral experienced by alcoholics. "Can we forget about the things I said when I was drunk...Please tell me why the car is in the front yard, and I'm sleeping with my clothes on. Came in through the window last night...The smoke alarm is going off, and there's a cigarette still burning...I am my own worst enemy..."
My Rainbow Race
By Pete Seeger. The song is a call for unity, harmony, and cooperation between all peoples and countries. "...Now's our last chance to learn to share what's been given to me and you..."
Mysteries Of The Nile
By Anna Moo. About the longest river in the world, the Nile River. "...Hippos and elephants, lions and giraffes have come to her waters to drink and take baths. How do they find their way without a path? The mysteries of the Nile...Does anyone know where this river began?..."
By Flying Burrito Brothers. Song title is a reference to "Uncle Sam". About a draft dodger who flees the country and crosses the Canadian border instead of fighting in the Vietnam War. "...So I'm headed for the nearest foreign border. Vancouver may be just my kind of town...My uncle...He's asking me to sign a three year contract. I guess I'll take the first bus out today..."
By Frank Sinatra. This classic song is about the importance of having self-confidence, thinking independently, and making your own way in life. "...Regrets I've had a few. But then again too few to mention. I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption...But through it all when there was doubt, I ate it up and spit it out. I faced it all and I stood tall; And I did it my way..."
By Goo Goo Dolls. About a person who is struggling with many emotions including fear, loneliness, self doubt, and helplessness. The person seems to be trying to heal his/her emotional wounds and overcome a difficult experience or possibly an abusive relationship. "Yeah I'm fadin' and I call out. No one hears me. Never been, never felt, never thought I'd say a word...You're naked inside your fear. You can't take back all those years...Yeah I'm hiding in the fallout..."
Name On The Wall
By Unknown. A sad song about a mother who goes to the Vietnam Veteran Memorial Wall in
By The Bottle Rockets. A tribute to singer Nancy Sinatra, daughter of entertainer and actor Frank Sinatra. "...Her name is Nancy, and Frankie is her pa...Swingin' sounds of the sixties...Drop all my loot. Just to see her standin' in her go-go boots..."
By Third Eye Blind. About a person suffering and struggling with a sleep disorder. "...And I close my eyes and dream that I'm awake. I try to keep awake. I try to keep awake. But still I find this narcolepsy slides into another nightmare..."
The Nashville Scene
By Hank Williams Jr. Song is about the country music capital of the world Nashville, Tennessee. Also talks about a reality for a lot of bands in the music industry... here today, gone tomorrow. "The streets are paved with tourists and record companies flourish. Lord knows every singer wants to be the king...And I'm watching the sun go down this evening and soon it will wake this town thats made of dreams. But before it does a new star will be shining and thats the way it is on the Nashville scene..."
By Bryan Adams. Song is about the Native American's struggle to win back land and heritage taken from them by the white settlers. "...Like dogs we were driven from this place. Such injustice time will not erase...Once there was a time...Before the soldier's guns. When this land was ours...For all we had there's nothing left..."
By Keith Secola and Wild Band of Indians. In a 1997 Phoenix New Times article Secola says this song is about "the richness of being poor" and is a celebration of the native american spirit of survival. "...My car is dented. The radiator steams. One headlight don't work. The radio can scream. I got a sticker that says Indian Power. I stuck it on my bumper. That's what holds my car together..."
By Bruce Springsteen. About a serial killer and the nature of evil. Based on actual events occuring in the
By Bert Jansch. About the destructive nature of the drug heroin and how the user cuts themselves off from all personal and social ties. "...One grain of pure white snow. Dissolved in blood, spread quickly to your brain. In peace your mind withdraws. Your death so near, your soul can feel no pain...A needle of death..."
By John Trudall. A young man watches his brother ruin his life by shooting up. "...I saw my brother in a needle. I saw my brother face the gun...Choosing exile over madness. I saw my brother shooting pain...Until one day, everyday became the same..."
Needle And Spoon
By Savoy Brown. About the progression of drug addiction and how getting high becomes the focal point of an addict's life. "...Don't need no women, don't need no wine. 'Cause life is sweet when you hit the main line...Only one thing that worries my mind. The stuff it kills you and it treats you unkind...When your married to "h", you're married for life..."
Needle And The Damage Done
By Neil Young. A personal account of a close friend's struggle and eventual death as a result of heroin use. "I watched the needle take another man, gone, gone the damage done."
The Needle And The Spoon
By Lynyrd Skynyrd. About the destructive power of the drug heroin. "I've been feeling so sick inside, got to get better lord before I die...You better quit son before your dead, with the needle, with the spoon..."
Needle In The Hay
By Elliot Smith. About heroin addiction. "...Strung out and thin...you ought to be proud that I'm getting good marks. Needle in the hay..."
The Needle Lies
By Queensryche. A song about the destructive power of drugs. Another example of an anti-drug song. "...Don't ever trust the needle, it lies. Don't ever trust the needle when it cries, cries your name..."
Needle Of Death
By Urban Guerillas. A substance abuse song about the consequences and dangers of using Heroin. "I lost a friend quite recently…She put the weirdest things into her veins And now so many lives will never be the same Just another shot at tryin' to be free Just another, escape from reality...You got to be strong! You’ve got to sing this song! The needle of death! It sows a bad seed! Needle of death! Don’t tell me that’s what you need to be free! …"
By Space. A tribute to societies outcasts. Song deals with issues of tolerance, prejudice, individuality, nonconformity, and acceptance. "Who lives in a house like this?...Oh they want to knock us down 'cos they think we're scum, but we will all be waiting when the bulldozers come...Oh if you find the time please come and stay a while in my beautiful neighborhood..."
Nervous In The Alley
By Smash mouth. About a troubled teenager who runs away from home and struggles to survive on the streets. "She's 15 and she's leaving home. Living on the streets where she don't feel alone. Daddy's always gone and mommy's on the sauce. Living in a mansion it's easy to get lost. She's going to a place where they understand. Baby on the way her womb's a garbage can. Who said anything about a good life? This one's bad, bad, bad, bad... Dying in the alley waiting for her man carrying her child and a sleeping bag..."
By Robert Plant. Lyrics deal with the human and environmental consequences of war and the new military weapons and technologies. Song comments on the impact of Television and the role of the media. Song suggests that respect for human life has been supplanted by a life or death scramble for wealth and resources. "Guns death and noise. Sand, oil and blood. Frontiers drawn on paper. No consideration made for the poor creature who is living...Behold the techno infidel has come with satellite bravado and infrared texture...upon these sands such damage done to spoil God's finest treasure. Hallelujah hallelelujah oil, oil, oil, oil."
Neutral and Nuclear Free
By Shona Laing. A protest song against nuclear war and the Cold War. "They can flex those muscles of seventy years. Call me juvenile and naive. I'll pay no ransom for my life. It's only fools who fight that fight...'Coz I'm neutral and nuclear free..."
By Nickelback. Song touches on various topics including domestic violence, dysfunctional homelife, child abuse and alcoholism. "He's drunk again, it's time to fight. She must have done something wrong tonight...I hear her scream from down the hall. Amazing she can even talk at all..."
By Creed. Song is about never losing the carefree "child" in you as a person gets older. "..."Cause your youth will never die in searching for substance. We're clouded by struggles haze. Remember the meaning of playing out in the rain. We swim in the fountain of youth's timeless maze. If you drink the water your youth will never fade..."
Never Give Up On A Dream
By Rod Stewart. Song is about the human spirit and the importance of hope, optimism, and perseverance. "...Claim the road, touch the sun, no force on earth could stop you run. When your heart bursts like the sun never never give up on your dream...Push yourself until the end but don't you ever give up on your dream..."
Never Going Back Again
By Fleetwood Mac. Aboutmoving beyond your troubles and looking to the future with hope and optimism. "...Been down one time. Been down two times. I'm never going back again..."
By Monty Harper. This song is about saying no to the dangers of tobacco. "...He says he thinks I'll be too scared to smoke a cigarette. I tell him I would never smoke because it's unhealthy...Cigarettes are never cool in any situation..."
By Corey Hart. Song is about perseverance and believing in yourself. "...No one can take away your right to fight and never surrender. With a little perseverance you can get things done. Without the blind adherence that has conquered some...So if you're lost and on your own, you can never surrender..."
By Saxon. Song is about rising from poverty and poor surroundings and realizing your dreams and goals through hard work and persistence. "...I was born on the back streets on the rotten side of town. I never had me nothin'...I started at the bottom but I'm headed to the top. Ain't nobody gonna hold me back. Never surrender..."
By Triumph. About working towards your dreams and aspirations. Staying focused on your goals, and not compromising or settling for less. "...Modern apathetics, you got plenty of nothing to say...You don't make committments, no time for regrets. Easy come and easy go and easy to forget. You don't ever take responsibility...Never surrender, it's easier said than done. But you got to finish what's already begun..."
By Patti LaBelle. About rediscovering oneself, being the best person you can be, and taking control of your destiny in life. "...I was running into overload, that was extreme. I took it so high, so low, so long. There was nowhere to go like a bad dream...I've tidied up my point of view. I've got a new attitude..."
By Michael Purington and the Messengers. About an alcoholic who starts going to Alcoholics Anonymous(AA) meetings to face his drinking problem. "Couple of nights ago you were fallin' on your face. Now you're the most important person in the place. All the old timers are on you're case. You're a new comer..."
New Jersey Is My Hometown
By Bruce Springsteen. A satirical song about the state of affairs and changing economic conditions in New Jersey. “I’m proud New Jersey is my home…Well, they’re breaking out the tractors to build more interstates. They’re moving out my neighbors all across the Garden State…They’re closing all the factories making people lose their jobs. While the fat cats get rich living high on the hog…”
A New Kind Of Life
By Anti-Flag. Song is a plea for an end to all types of war across the globe and also is a protest song against government in general. "...Every nation's leader says that our side is right. Every nation's leader says the time has come to fight. But they use the common people to settle their scores. It's time to refuse to fight in their wars...I'd rather fight to spread some tolerance and unity..."
A New Life
By Marshall Tucker Band. An ex-convict is bound and determined to pick up the pieces and start his life over. "...Shot a man down in Dearborn...Been down in Denver jail for four long years and I'm so homesick I could die...But I've paid my time and a new life is gonna be mine..."
A New Marilyn
By Vonda Shepard. About the legacy of legendary actress Marilyn Monroe and how talent agents are always looking for someone to be "the next Marilyn Monroe". "...A new Marilyn. Everybody's looking for a new Marilyn...Where would she be after twenty-five years. What would she think if she were to hear...Trying to replace you..."
New Speedway Boogie
By Grateful Dead. Song is about the tragic events during a free concert given by the Rolling Stones ( see photo taken by Robert Altman ) at the Altamont Speedway December, 1969. "...Now I don't know but I been told in the heat of the sun a man died of cold Do we keep on coming or stand and wait with the sun so dark and the hour so late?...I saw things getting out of hand I guess they always will..."
New York City
By The Cult. About life in New York City. Song expresses misconceptions or stereotypes regarding the dangers associated with an urban area. "...Hell's Kitchen is a crazy place...Hell's Kitchen is a DMZ, I'm never coming back, no....It'll give you a heart attack...Pressure never stops, pressure never drops...Times Square shuffle, Manhattan flip..."
New York City (A Song For
By Michael Monanaro and Joe Sombrotto. A memorial song for those who suffered as a result of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. "Standing in the harbor, the view is still pretty...But I'll never forget how that skyline used to be. New York city...An inspiration for the world to see..."
New York Had Her Heart Broke
By John Hiatt. Written in response to the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001. Song talks about hope, optimism and rebirth. "...And the daylight felt dark. F-160 over Central Park. When New York had her heart broke. Ah, but she will rise again..."
New York Minute
By Don Henley. About a man reaching middle age and having a mid life crisis. Also deals with life's uncertainties and feelings of hopelessness, despair and not taking what you have in life for granted. "...He had a home, the love of a girl. But men get lost sometimes as years unfurl. One day he crossed some line and he was too much in this world. But I guess it doesn't matter anymore...if you find somebody to love in this world you better hang on tooth and nail. The wolf is always at the door...in a New York minute, everything can change..."
New York, New York
By Frank Sinatra. A person longs to be in the "Big Apple", New York City. "...These vagabond shoes are longing to stray. Right through the very heart of it, New York,
Next Phone Call
By Rossington-Collins Band. Song is about how bad news and tragedy seem to follow the bandmates around. Based on guitarist Allen Collin's 2nd drunk driving car crash in 1980 where he was severely injured. Sadly, Collins was involved in a third accident in January of 1986 which left him paralyzed. "...It's 3 A.M., that damn telephone is ringing once again. "I've been told to call", a stranger says to me. Seems you're best friend wrapped a car around a tree...I'm so tired of bad news. I wanna tear off the phone...What's it gonna be? The next phone call..."
By Siouxsie and the Banshees. Song is about the addictive nature of cigarettes. "It's just a habit when I reach to the packet for my last cigarette. Until the day breaks and then my hand shakes...I can't resist..."
The Night Chicago Died
By Paper Lace. Song is about the demise of notorious Chicago gangster Al Capone and his gang. "...In the heat of a summer night, in the land of the dollar bill. When the town of Chicago died, and they talk about it still. When a man named Al Capone, tried to make that town his own...And the sound of the battle rang through the streets of the old east side. Till the last of the hoodlum gang had surrendered up or died..."
The Night Hank Williams Came To
By Johnny Cash. Artist reminisces about seeing country legend Hank Williams Sr. when he was young. "...A thousand people sweltered in the gym. Then I heard someone whisper,"hey, that's him." That's when the crowd let out this deafening sound. It was the night Hank Williams came to town..."
Night Of The Living Baseheads
By Public Enemy. About damaging effects of drugs and drug dealers, "...Here is a true tale of the ones that deal are the ones that fail..." Social, political, and economic impact of drugs in the black community, "...another kilo from a corner from a brother to keep another-below..." Begins with an excerpt from a speech given by Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam.
Night Stalker(Richard Ramirez)
By Macabre. About the "Night Stalker", Richard Ramirez who became a serial killer in Los Angeles in the 1980's. "He will get you in the night. Thn he'll take away your life. He's coming to your house with satan in his head. Looking for a way in..."
The Night They Drove Old Dixie
By The Band. About the U.S. Civil War from a Southern point of view, mourning the fall of Richmond and the end of a way of life. References to General Stoneman, Robert E. Lee,
911 Is A Joke
By Public Enemy. Song asserts that the response time for emergency services is much longer in urban and minority neighborhoods. "...Now I dialed 911 a long time ago. Don't you see how late they reactin'? They only come and they come when they wanna. So get the morgue embalm the gonner...911 is a joke we don't want 'em. I call a cab cause a cab will come quicker..."
By Paul Hardcastle. About the struggles that Vietnam veterans faced after their return from the war. Nineteen was the average age of the fighting soldier in Vietnam. "...In Vietnam the combat soldier typically served a twelve month tour of duty but was exposed to hostile fire everyday. 19...Destruction of men in their prime whose average age was 19..."
By Social Distortion. About nuclear war and more specifically the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. "Atom bomb, TNT. New disease. Poor city, flying over Hiroshima. 1945...A blinding flash hotter than the sun. Dead bodies lie across the path..."
Nine To Five
By The Kinks. Song deals with the monotony of being stuck in a job or work routine that never seems to change or provides little challenge or satisfaction. "Answering phones and dictating letters. Making decisions that affect no one. Stuck in the office from nine until five. Life is so incredibly dull working from nine to five...and time goes by and the hours tick away. First seconds, then minutes, then hours into days..."
By Motorhead. About loss of innocenceand the senseless brutality and violence of war. "16 years old when I went to war, to fight for a land fit for heroes...Eager for life and ahead of the game, ready for history's pages...I heard my friend cry and he sank to his knees, coughing blood as he screamed for his mother. And I fell to his side, and that's how we died, clinging like kids to eachother. And I lay in the mud and the guts and the blood...Now there's nobody remembers our names, and that's how it is for a soldier."
1969 (Tie Dye Hangover)
By Subterra. About the rapid pace of change in society and the negative impact or influence of scientific advances and technology. "...I don't want to grow up looking like my clone. Mr. scientist you're godlike with your pride. You really need to have your test tubes tied...1969 was an acid trip, but drugs can't hold a candle to this...There's a DNA sample on every toothbrush. A vidcam hidden behind every bush. ( Y2K is gonna cause God to crash )..."
By Grand Funk Railroad. Song talks about America's bicentennial and how the American people must continue to take pride in their country and not take our beautiful lands for granted. "Oh, happy birthday America. Lord knows this ain't no sweet sixteen. Oh no, but you're beautiful America. We still believe in the American dream...God put man on this planet. But man forgot that he was heaven sent. Man takes the planet for granted. You would thought the American people had more sense...We all better pick up the sticks, in 1976..."
By Smashing Pumpkins. About the carefree and sometimes reckless nature of youth who live for the moment and, as they often say, are just having fun. "..With the headlights pointed at the dawn we were sure we'd never see an end to it all...And we don't know just where our bones will rest...We don't even care as restless as we are...Faster than the speed of sound, faster than we thought we'd go..."
By New World Army. Song was written about war torn Ireland. "The vans they come in convoys now stealing through the dawn...There's road blocks on the Meden bridge...They're sealing off our villages...This ain't no tinpot story from a distant shore. But our own sweet green and pleasant land in 1984..."
No Alcohol For Me
By Monty Harper. This song warns about the dangers of drinking and putting yourself in risky situations. "When they say everybody does it, I say not my friends and me. When they say come on try a little. I say a little's too much for me...So the kids who pester me and advertisers on TV will have to just get used to it - no alcohol for me."
No Blood For Oil
By Jim Lesses. An anti-war song regarding the 2003 war with Iraq. "…Start your wars for land and oil, and watch our children bleed…No blood for oil! No oil for your ‘freedom’, Your freedom is worthless; When you pay with our lives…"
By Tracing Shadows. According to the artist, This song talks about a boy who feels like he has been rejected his whole life. He has nowhere to go and no one to talk to until his soul tells him that life is what you make of it. "...Standing here all by myself. I'm bleeding here with no one's help...Running all the time is not what I plan to do. Gotta stand my ground and stop people putting me down..."
Nobody Else Like Me
By Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer. About self esteem, identity, individuality and acceptance of oneself. An excellent song for elementary aged children. "There's nobody else like me. I'm happy as I can be. From my head to my toes, yeah everyone knows there's nobody else like me...From the place I reside to the stories inside. There's nobody else like me..."
Nobody Knows When You're Down
By Derek and the Dominos. About how fame and fortune will attract so-called friends and followers who are nowhere to be found when times get rough. "Well once I lived the life of a millionaire...Then I began to fall so low. Didn't have a friend nor no place to go...Soon as I get back up on my feet again. Everyone wants to be my long-lost friend. It's mighty strange, without a doubt. Nobody wants you when your down and out..."
By Rush. Song is about the AIDS virus, the emotional and physical suffering of homosexual and heterosexual victims and their families. Singer expresses compassion and empathy for those who are ill. Song also comments on the role and nature of a heroes in our society."I knew he was different in his sexuality. I went to his parties as the straight minority. It never seemed a threat to my masculinity...When I heard he was gone I felt a shadow cross my heart. But he's nobody's--Hero--saves a drowning child curses a wasting disease. Hero--lands the crippled airplane. Solves great mysteries..."
Nobody Told Me
By Puddle of Mudd. About fear, despair, regrets, and learning to cope with the uncertainty of life and adulthood. "Looking back in my childhood wasn't to bad but it wasn't that great I carried the luggage like a bag of bricks feels like it's holding me down again staring down a pitch black road painted lines show me the direction…Nobody told me where to go Nobody told me where to run…"
By Lou Reed. From the "Magic and Loss" CD which is "Dedicated to Doc and especially to Rita...Between two
Aprils I lost two friends..." A personal song about regrets and the death of a friend. "...I see you in the hospital your humor is intact. I'm embarrassed by the strength I seem to lack...I wish I'd known that you were going to die. Then I wouldn't feel so stupid, such a fool that I didn't call. And I didn't get a chance to say goodbye..."
By Mary J. Blige. A young and reckless person makes some poor and unhealthy decisions. As they mature and get older they decide to remove all the negative influences from their lives and concentrate on becoming a better person. "So tired, so tired of these dramas. No more, no more. I wanna be free...I was young and restless but that was long ago. I don't wanna cry no more...It's up to us to choose..."
By Lightnin' Hopkins. Song is about illiteracy. "...I can't read, can't even write my name...Ain't it a shame the way things happened to me. I went to school only one day and I didn't learn my ABC's..."
By Terri Clark. According to the artist, "It is a song about reaching down deep inside yourself to find that place where only love exists, where you can completely be who you are, and do, and have what you want . To approach life with "No Fear" is a challenge we all face, and a goal we should all strive to achieve..." (quoted from artist's web site) "...I used to hit every wall there was I used to run away from love All I ever wanted was right here
But I had to reach way down inside I had to have faith I'd find No fear...And when I need two arms around me
And there's no one near When I'm alone let the only sound be No fear..."
No Happy Holidays
By Mary J. Blige. A woman expresses regret and remorse regarding the time and emotion she invested in a relationship with a married man. "I can't believe after all this time I'm in love with a man who can never be mine...Christmas you weren't with me. On New Years's Eve you were not around...Your family has never met me and you've never met mine. No happy holiday..."
By The Offspring. A person tries to accept the emotional consequences of their friend's suicide and wonders if tehy could have done anything else to stop them. "Once you said you'd stick it out until the end. I guess you lied, they call it suicide. Now you're gone. What was so wrong that you couldn't find a way to carry on? Second guess. Did I do my best..."
No Hope=No Fear
By Soulfly. About the importance of individuality and believeing in yourself and your own abilities. "...So lose yourself to find yourself. Don't need to act like nobody else. Sometimes it feels as if the road is blocked. I'll find a way, I'll move those rocks..."
By Neil Young. A man comes to grips with his drug addiction. References made to tolerance, denial and drug dependency. "...You don't know what drug is right. Can't decide which way you want to go. It had a hold on me...Seemed like the easy thing to let it go for one more day...searchin' for quality...now scroungin' for quantity...No more..."
No Nuclear War
By Peter Tosh. A warning about the dangers of nuclear weapons and warfare. "...We don't want no nuclear war. With nuclear war we won't get far. It's just another Holocaust and we can't take no more..."
No One To Run With
By Allman Brothers Band. A man realizes that all his friends have either moved away or now are grown up and have responsibilities or families to take care of. "Everybody wants to know where Jimmy has gone. He left town, I doubt if he's coming back home. Well Tony got a job, three kids and a lovely wife. Working at the commerce bank for the rest of his life. Nobody left to run with anymore. Nobody left to do the crazy things we used to do before..."
By Metallica. An anti-war song about senseless violence. "No mercy for what we are doing. No thought to even what we have done. We don't need to feel the sorrow. No remorse for the helpless ones. War without end. No remorse..."
By Jethro Tull. Song is about industrial greed and companies profiting from exploration and offshore drilling for oil in the North Sea. "...Black and viscous, bound to cure blue lethargy. Sugar plum petroleum for energy. Hot air balloon, inflation will soon make you pay. Riggers rig and diggers dig their shallow grave. But we'll be saved and what we crave is North Sea oil..."
North To Alaska
By Johnny Horton. About the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1800's. "...Where the river is windin', big nuggets they're findin'. North to Alaska, go north the rush is on...They crossed the Yukon River and found the bonanza, gold. Below that old white mountain just a little southeast of Nome..."
No Self Control
By Peter Gabriel. About compulsive behaviors and lack of control over certain aspects of a person's life. "Got to get some food, I'm so hungry all the time. I don't know how to stop. Got to get some sleep, I'm so nervous in the night. I don't know how to stop..."
By Limp Bizkit. A person has regrets after rushing into a sexual relationship without first taking the time to get to know their sexual partner on an emotional or intellectual level. "Went too fast way too soon. I feel disgusted and you should too. It's no good when all that's left is the sex...You couldn't respect yourself cuz I didn't respect myself ...Realize that I'm worth more than that..."
By Rage Against The Machine. About the excesses and abuses of capitalism/market economies. The growing power of media companies and corporations and their influence on society. "The main attraction - Distraction... What you need is what they sellin'. Make you think that buyin' is rebellin'. From tha theaters to malls on every shore, tha thin line between entertainment and war...They fix tha need, develop the taste. Buy their products, or get laid to waste..." Song Also deals with the commercialization and marketing of history, with a specific reference to the case of the Amistad Revolt. "...Speilberg tha nightmare works, so push it far. Amistaad was a whip, tha truth was feathered and tarred. Memory erased, burned, and scarred, trade in ya history for a VCR..."
No Son Of Mine
By Genesis. A coming of age song about about parental love and rejection. Tells the story of a young man who leaves home at an early age to escape from an abusive environment. Later in life he tries unsuccessfully to reconcile with his father and come to terms with his past. "The key to my survival was never in much doubt. The question was how I could keep sane trying to find a way out... I didn't think much of it 'til it started happening all the time. Soon I was living in fear everyday of what might happen at night...They say time is a healer and now my wounds are not the same. I rang the bell with my heart in my mouth. I had to hear what he'd say. He sat me down to talk to me. He looked me straight in the eyes, he said; You're no son, no son of mine. You're no son, no son of mine. You walked out, you left us behind..."
No Sure Way
By Loudon Wainwright III. Written in response to the World Trade Center attacks. Artist describes a sobering subway ride from his home in Brooklyn Heights to Manhattan. "...Chamber Street, a closed ghost station. Passing through we seemed to glide like prisoners inside compartments. On some house of horrors ride..."
(Glad I'm)Not A Kennedy
By Shona Laing. About the so called "Kennedy curse" where tragedy and death seem to follow this famous political family. Song includes audio excerpts from John F. Kennedy speeches. "...Imagine being a Kennedy. Rule without remedy. To watch your family die...The cost of freedom is always high. Yet one path we shall never choose..."
Not An Addict
By K's Choice. A person is in denial about the addictive nature of their drug use. References made to invincibility which young people often have."...The deeper you stick it in your vein. The deeper the thoughts there's no more pain. I'm in heaven, I'm a god...It's not a habit, it's cool..."
Not A Pretty Girl
By Ani Difranco. About the problem of stereotyping and people who judge others by appearance. Also about the importance of individuality, independence, being your own person, and not trying to live up to other peoples standards or expectations. "I am not a pretty girl that is not what I do. I ain't no damsel in distress...I am not a kitten stuck up a tree...Don't you think every kitten figures out how to get down whether or not you ever show up...I want to be more than a pretty girl."
Not Gon' Cry
By Mary J. Blige. About marital infidelity. Song expresses the anger, disappointment, and pain of a spouse who has been betrayed. "While all the time that I was loving you, you were busy loving yourself. I would stop breathing if you told me to. Now you're busy loving someone else...Through sickness and health till death do us part. Those were the words that we said from our heart. So now when you say that you're leaving me, I don't get that part..."
Not Gonna Give In To It
By Oliva Newton John. An inspirational song written by the artist after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. "...And I feel so alone for although you care. No one else can share. It's my own misery. In the end it's all up to me...Oh, I'm not gonna give in to it..."
Not To Blame
By Joni Mitchell. Song is about the problem of domestic violence and the physical and emotional abuse that often accompany it. "...They said you beat the girl you loved the most. Your charitable acts seem out of place with your fist marks on her face..."
Nothing Compares 2 U
By Sinead O'Connor. About the breakup of a relationship and the emtional turmoil that accompanies it. "It's been seven hours and fifteen days since you took your love away...It's been so lonely without you here. Like a bird without a song. Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling. Tell me baby where did I go wrong? 'Cos nothing compares 2 U..."
Not If You Were The Last Junkie
By The Dandy Warhols. About a person's amazement and concern over their friend's continual heroin use and eventual addiction. "...You never thought you'd get addicted, just be cooler in an obvious way...I never thought you'd be a junkie because heroin is so passe..."
Now More Than Ever
By John Cougar Mellencamp. About compassion, respect and love for one another. "...Now more than ever the world needs love. Not just a slogan but the world needs love. Now more than ever I can't stand alone. Now more than ever...
No Woman No Cry
By Bob Marley. Inspired by actual events, song reveals Bob Marley's memories of hardship and poverty in Trenchtown,
Now That The Children Are Gone
By Electric Bonsai Band. A married couple slowly drift apart after all the children have grown up and left the family setting. "...We hold our faces through a hard situation. We seem to soften as we dream about moving on. No need to suffer through the cold embrace now that the children are gone..."
By Gary Moore. About nuclear proliferation, the arms race, the Cold War, and the growing danger of nuclear war. "Out on the street they're all livin' in fear, you can hear their hearts pound as the moment draws near. One push of a button is all it would take...The Russians are ready, The U.S. is armed, the giants tell us there is no cause for alarm..."
By Sodom. About the devastation caused by a potential nuclear war. "...Make us die slowly. Nuclear winter. Clouds of dust will hide the sun forever...Causing the premature burial of nature..."
By The Cure. About how drug addicts will continue to self medicate in order to kill or deaden the pain of living. "...Hopelessly, helplessly broken apart. He finally falls. He doesn't want to think, doesn't want to feel...Because he's in love with a drug..."
Number One Crush
By Garbage. About an obsessive and potentially violent relationship and the important issue of stalking. “I would die for you I would die for you I've been dying just to feel you by my side, to know that you're mine… See your face every place that I walk in Hear your voice every time that I'm talkin' You will believe in me, and I will never be ignored…”
Nutbush City Limits
By Tina Turner. A tribute to the artist's birthplace, Nutbush, Tennesee. "...Old little town down in Tennesee. A real quiet community...Hey, the people keep the city clean. Nutbush city, Nutbush city limits..."
The Office Song
By Ray Korona. This song is about the struggle and strain of cubicle life, being taken advantage of by your employer, and the daily grind of the corporate cog. "They stretch you like a rubber band. They twist you like a paper clip. They smear you with correction fluid. Replace you with a micro chip...Do you get honest work for honest pay or minimum wage for a maximum day? Do you work overtime without compensation while they take the profits and a vacation..."
Of Rage And War
By Savatage. A protest song against nuclear war, nuclear arms and the countries who use them. "...Every country's got the bomb, the scientists are working on. Chemical weapons to melt the flesh. With no source of defense...better disarm the missles..."
Oh! Camil (The Winter Soldier)
By Graham Nash. Song is about Vietnam veteran and political activist Scott Camil, who gave testimony during the Winter Soldier Investigation. "...Oh! Camile. Tell me why are you in this place? When you stood up for justice your country replied by throwing it back in your face. When you tell me your story are you making amends for all of the hatred you saw..."
By Madonna. A person looks back in anger as they remember the physical and emotional abuse they received from their father when they were a child. "...It's funny that way. You get used to the tears and pain...You can't hurt me know, I got away from you..."
Oh How The Years Go By
By Amy Grant. About two friends sticking together and seeing each other through hard times. "...And when the storms came through they found me and you back to back together... Well we'll always be where we should be I'm there for you, and I know you're there for me."
By CSNY. About the shooting at Kent State
O.J. Simpson Blues
By Dan Scanlan. About the trials and tribulations of fallen sports star and movie star O.J. Simpson who received loads of negative publicity after he was found innocent of killing his wife Nicole Simpson. "He could carry the ball ever so fine...O.J. what did you say to your mother on the telephone line?...Ever since King LAPD jumps on the sensitive train. Oh my, he's camera shy. This killin' has carved out such pain..."
By Merle Haggard. This 1969 song attacks the liberal hippies that came to represent the dramatic social and political changes unfolding in
By Dan Bern. About the tragic bombing in Oklahoma City. Song is also a tribute to the human spirit and healing power of love. “On the 19th day of April in 1995 there was the worst car bombing. Near 200 people died. In Oklahoma City on Wednesday nine 0’clock. They struck the federal building. Took out near half the block…But when we stand strong together and let love enjoy it’s will. Misfortune can’t defeat us, it makes us stronger still…”
By Billy Gilman. A boy who has spent most of his life in foster homes finally is reunited with his biological father. "...And he said I'm the man who looks like you. Who cried because I never knew about the pictures that they showed me...Never again will you ever be alone. Son, welcome to your home in Oklahoma..."
ByVan Zant. A tribute to the people who lost their lives in the Oklahoma City bombing and their surviving families. "...Standing in the ruins, a picture of our times. Searching through the rubble for pieces of our lives. Well, our spirit won't be broken...We stand together in the rain. Oklahoma...".
By The Kinks. A woman who is stuck in a dead end existence daydreams about bettering her life and being someone and somewhere else. "...She lives in a house that's near decay, built for the Industrial Revoltion. But in her dreams she is far away in Oklahoma U.S.A. with Shirley Jones and Gordon McRea...She walks to work but she's still in a daze. She's Rita Hayworth or Doris Day, and Errol Flynn's gonna take her away to Oklahoma U.S.A..."
By Al Stewart. This song is a tribute to British naval leader, Admiral Sir John Fisher, who encouraged the development of the dreadnoughtships prior to
Old Before My Time
By Allman Brothers. A personal song about struggling with personal demons and substance abuse. "When I was younger, thought I'd rule the world. It was an oyster at my feet. Dancing tomy own drum, fishing out the pearl. Guess I could ahve been more discreet...It made me old before my time..."
Old Cape Cod
By Patti Page. A tribute to scenic and popular vacation spot Cape Cod,
By Chicago. A person looks back and fondly remembers the carefree days of their childhood. "Old days, good times I remember. Fun days, filled with simple pleasures. Full of love and laughter...Boyhood memories..."
The Old Dope Peddler
By Tom Lehrer. An anti-drug song. Denounces people that sell drugs for a living. "...He gives the kids free samples because he knows full well. That today's young innocent faces will be tomorrow's clientele..."
Old Father Time
By Peter, Paul and Mary. About the irony of life and how the years seem to go by so fast in life that people often fail to enjoy everything that it offers. "...Remember when we used to laugh at old father time. All in all the joke's on him and he don't even mind...Isn't it funny how time flies..."
By C.W. McCall. About patriotism, loyalty to your country and a tribute to our great American flag. "...And so every morning he stood beside his desk with his hand over his heart. And promised to respect her for the rest of his days...She was old and beautiful and wise..."
The Old Playground
By Bruce Hornsby and the Range. About playground or pick-up basketball which is played in urban parks and playgrounds all over our nation. These games often produce local legends who never play in college or professional basketball. "Walking on the sidewalk, roundball under my arm. Everybody knows how you play is who you are...Take me to the old playground. Where the old ones rule and the young ones do their time..."
Ollie, Ollie Off Scott Free
By Roy Zimmerman. The song is about Oliver North one of the key players in the Iran-Contra Affair. "...You may recall Ollie up against the wall. Squaring his chin and leaving his grin...And later on contradicting George and Ron...They never found a shred of evidence!..."
On An Underground Railroad
By Kinny Landrum. Song is about the "Underground Railroad" where black slaves had a chance to escape slavery and find freedom. References made to many people involved and also to the Fugitive Slave Law. "...The spark of freedom was so strong...Those who helped went by names. There was Harriet Tubman...And Levi Coffin, they called president..."
By Creed. About social change and putting an end to intolerance, prejudice and racial hatred. Song is encouraging people to reach out and helpothers so we can build a peaceful community of different races and cultures. "...The goal is to be unified. Take my hand, be my brother...Society blind by color. Why hold down one to raise another... We may rise and fall, but in the end we meet our fate together. One..."
By Metallica. Song is about feeling imprisoned in your body, looking out from within and realizing you are trapped in a situation. Lyrics represent the thoughts and feelings of a soldier who is suffering from horrible injuries caused by a landmine. "...fed through the tube that sticks in me, just like a wartime novelty. Tied to machines that make me be, cut this life off from me...Oh please God, wake me...I cannot live. I cannot die. Trapped in myself. Body my holding cell. Landmine has taken my sight. Taken my speech. Taken my hearing. Taken my arms. Taken my legs. Taken my soul..." This song was inspired by the movie, "Johnny Got His Gun", which had been adapted from the Dalton Trumbo novel.
By U2. This song is about the importance of compassion, love and unity. Other themes may include the unification of
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One
By George Thorogood. Song has many health related topics including binge drinking, tolerance, using alcohol to solve problems and alcohol dependency. "...Well I ain't seen my baby since I don't know when. I've been drinking bourbon whiskey, scotch and gin. Gonna get high man...Gotta get a drink, I'm gonna get gassed...I ain't had enough, need me a triple shot of that stuff..."
One Bright Day
By Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. About unity and getting along with your fellow man. Ziggy is the son of deceased reggae musician Bob Marley. "One bright day the pweople will get together...There will be celebrations around the nations. Love without no care...Life without the fear..."
By Midnight Oil. About unity, cooperation, and people joining together for the sake of humanity and the planet. "...One vision, One people, One landmass...One ocean, One policy...One instant, One difference, One lifetime, One understanding..."
By Rick Miller. A lesson in itself about the history of Canadian musical artists. As the song title says, 175 Canadian musicians are mentioned in the song. "...These fine folks call
1 Million Bottlebags
By Public Enemy. About alcohol abuse. "...An oh lemme tell you 'bout shorty He about seventeen lookin' like 40 Treats his 40 dog better than his g When he gets a big b-o-t-t-l-e Oh he loves tha liquor But look watch shorty get sicker...He's just a slave to the bottle and the can..."
One More Parade
By Phil Ochs. An anti-war song. "...Cold hard stares on faces so proud. Kisses from the girls and cheers from the crowd. And the widows from the last war cry into their shroud. Here comes the big parade...War is a game...So start the parade..."
One More Time
By Joe Jackson. About a person who does not want to end a relationship and is in denial over the pending breakup. "Tell me one more time as I hold your hand that you don't love me. Tell me one more time as teardrops start to fall. Shout it to me and I'll shout it to the skies above me that there was nothing after all. Baby, baby, tell me that you never wanted my loving. Baby, baby, tell me that you never. Tell me, tell me one more time, one more time..."
One Night Stand
By Janis Joplin. About promiscuity, risk taking and poor decision making. Song paints an unhealthy picture of sexual intercourse. "...Just because we loved tonight, please don't you think that it's gonna stay that way. Don't you know that you're nothin' more than a one night stand. Tomorrow I'll be on my way an' you can catch me if you can..."
One Of Us
By Joan Osbourne. A spiritual or religious song about faith and the desire to know God. "...If God had a face, what would it look like? And would you want to see if seeing mean that you would have to believe...What if God was one of us?..."
One Tin Soldier
By Coven. Song was written in 1971 for the movie "Billy Jack" which starred Tom Laughlin and Delores Taylor. "Go ahead and hate your neighbor, go ahead and cheat a friend. Do it in the name of heaven, you can justify it in the end...On the bloody morning after...One tin soldier rides away..."
By Billy Gilman. About spirituality and having faith in times of trouble. "...One voice, one simple word. Hearts know what to say. One dream can change the world. Keep believing 'til you find your way..."
By Fury in the Slaughterhouse. Song is about using substances in order to "mask" or "cover up" your insecurities. "...Let's drink another or whatever it takes. To help cover all of your fakes. So that no one sees how desperate we are...This is a one way dead end street..."
By Barenaked Ladies. Song is about the ups and downs of a quarrelsome couple. Numerous references in this rap-style pay tribute to pop culture. According to the artist, I never thought I'd finish that song, As soon as I started I was afraid to write it. Hip-hip and rapping and freestyling have been a part of what we do as a live band since the beginning, and we're big fans of that kind of music. But it's never really reared its head on any of our recordings, although it's a huge part of what we do live We're always freestyling. "It's been one week since you looked at me cocked your head to the side and said I'm angry...Yesterday you'd forgiven me but it'll be two days till I say I'm sorry...How can i help it if I think you're funny when you're mad. Trying hard not to smile though I feel bad..."
By Sting. Song is about the plight of so called "third world" or underdeveloped nations. A call for people of all nations to unite and help their fellow man. "...I don't want to bring a sour note, remember this before you vote. We can all sink or we all float, "cos we're all in the same big boat..."
Only A Pawn In Their Game
By Bob Dylan. Inpired by and based on actual events this song is a painful reminder of the senseless murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers. Song deals with the legacy of racism and its institutional or systematic qualities. "A bullet from the back of a bush took Medgar Evers' blood...A South politician preaches to the poor white man...You're better than them, you been born with white skin...He's been taught in his school from the start by the rule. That the laws are with him to protect his white skin. Too keep up his hate...And he's taught how to walk in a pack. Shoot in the back. With his fist in a clinch. To hang and to lynch. To hide 'neath the hood...But it ain't him to blame. He's only a pawn in their game..."
Only A Polyp
By Nancy Schimml. Song relates to science education. The main topic area of the song is coral reefs. "I am only a polyp, I am not very big...I am as small as a dime and as soft as a sigh. But I am building an island three hundred feet high..."
By Brooks and Dunn. About patriotism and the land of opportunity,
Only The Good Die Young
By Billy Joel. Growing up, issues of dating, and pressure to become sexually active. Relates to various health topics; identity, choice, self-esteem, peer pressure and values. Includes numerous references to Catholicism, it's beliefs and practices. "Come out
Only The Strong
By Yngwie J. Malmsteen. Song relates to mental and social health as it has themes that deal with individuality, self esteem, taking control of one's own destiny and always trying your hardest to meet your goals. "...Deviate, no need to conform. All it takes is some confidence. Seize the day...Face the truth and control your fate. Set the pace, never hesitate. Only the strong survive..."
Only Women Bleed
By Alice Cooper. Woman suffering at the hands of an abusive spouse or boyfriend. Deals with domestic violence and substance abuse. "...He slaps you once in a while and you live and love in pain...She cries alone at night too often. He smokes and drinks and don't come home at all..." The effects of domestic violence are also explored in Richard Frost's poem, "Neighbor Blood".
By Blues Traveler. About the endless history of hate, war, and violence that has plagued this planet. Song includes references to numerous historic examples. "...Cause if you look around you might just feel like me. And you might notice no one was ever really free...War they come and go, no telling where the wind will bow. Pain was always there, sad reminder that you care. Hate, the price you pay for thinking you got the only way..."
On The Radio
By Cheap Trick. About the power of music, disc jockeys and radio stations in general. "...All the rock and roll DJ's, got their fingers on the world. 'Cause they play the songs that make me and you feel so good. Turn on the radio, I love the music on the radio..."
On The Road Again
By Willie Nelson. About the joys of traveling and spending time on the road making music. "...On the road again. Goin' places that I've never been. Seein' things that I may never see again. I can't wait to get on the road again..."
On With The Action
By UFO. References made to gang life, hate crimes, and violence. "Something's going on at the corner of the block. It's the kids down there, they were startin' to rock...When the Greek kid pulls a knife and puts it in his face...Then someone cuts a blind man who just can't make a run...On with the action...If you can't run you ain't gonna survive..."
By Gordon Lightfoot. Song is a tribute to the artist's birthplace of Toronto,
Ooh La La
By Rod Stewart. A young boy does not heed the advice of his grandfather regarding the "dangers" of love and romance. This is a timeless song about the innocence of youth and the knowledge or wisdom people acquire with age. As the sayings go..."There's no teacher like experience" and "Youth is wasted on the young." Recently this catchy song has been associated with Mitsubishi as an excerpt of it is heard in their popular car commercial. Unfortunately, the issue of 20/20 hindsight can also relate to more serious and sobering topics. "Poor old Grandad I laughed at all his words...He spoke of women's ways. They'll trap you then they use you...Poor young grandson, there's nothing I can say. You'll have to learn just like me...I wish that I knew what I know now when I was younger. I wish that I knew what I know now when I was stronger..."
Open Letter (To a Landlord)
By Living Colour. About so called "slum lords" related topics; rent control, gentrification. "...This is my neighborhood This is where I come from I call this place my home You call this place a slum...We lived here for so many years Now this house is full of fear For a profit you will take control Where will all the older people go? There used to be when kids could play Without the scourge of drug's decay...You've got a right To fight for your neighborhood!"
Open Letter To My Teenage Son
By Victor Lundberg. A different kind of protest song recorded during the Vietnam War era. This song criticized draft dodgers and protestors who rebelled against the war effort. "...If you decide to burn your draft card then burn your birth certificate at the same time. Because from that moment on I have no son..."
Open Your Eyes
By Staind. Song takes a look at some of the harsh realities of our society today. References made to poor parenting skills, drug addiction, prostitution, overpopulation and environmental issues. "...A boy just 13 on the corner for sale. Swallows his pride for another hit...A shot rings out from a roof overhead. A crack head asks for change nearby...You turn away..."
By Thin Lizzy. About the impact of the opium trade in
By Rossington-Collins Band. Song is about not being judgemental about other people's mistakes they have made in the past, persevering in times of adversity, and continuing to strive for something better. "There's been times when I have stumbled over my mistakes. And there's been times when I've fallen flat on my face. But when you can tell me there's never been a day like that for you. Then I'll stop and listen to what you think I should do. Opportunity is for the taking, look inside yourself you'll see. Let them clean up their own backyard. Leave my yard to me..."
By Will Powers. From the 1983 concept album "Dancing For Mental Health" performed and produced by portrait photographer Lynn Goldsmith in collaboration with Sting, Steve Winwood, Todd Rundgren and other recording artists. Songs on the album promote a positive mental health message and deal with the importance of goal setting, self-confidence, self-esteem, self-image, and not being afraid to strive for your dreams and desires. "...I'm Miguel. I Live in
By R.E.M. About the impact and effects of the vietnam war. Song includes a specific reference to the weapon Agent Orange. "Follow me, don't follow me. I've got my spine, I've got my orange crush...High on the roof, thin the blood, another one climbs on th waves tonight, comin' in you're home..."
By Great Big Sea. Song deals with having a positive outlook on life and accepting the good with the bad. "...I'll win now but sometimes I'll lose. I've been battered but I'll never bruise...It's a beautiful life but there's always some sorrow...And it's all your state of mind. At the end of the day, you've just got to say, it's all right..."
By Christy Moore. About a man who loses his factory job after twenty years of employment due to downsizing. References in the song to the lack of balance of wealth between classes and lack of job security. "...Now they say the times are hard...Tonight they're going to shut his factory down...For twenty years I served them best I could...The owner...He's richer now than ever he was before. Now my cheque is spent and I can't afford the rent..."
By Jethro Tull. Song is about the constellation Orion. "...Orion, light your lights, come guard the open spaces from the black horizon to the pillow where I lie. Your faithful dog shines brighter than it's lord and master. Your jewelled sword twinkles as the world rolls by..."
By Mohan Embar. About the importance of calcium and drinking milk for strong teeth and bones. Osteoporosis is a brittle bone disease caused by a deficiency of calcium especially prevelent in females."...If you do not drink your milk you will be in bad shape indeed. And then your bones and teeth will start to rot and you will start to feel weak. And you'll get osteoporosis. It's the weakening of the bones..."
By Steppenwolf. About "looking the other way" and ignoring all the bad things that are happening in our world. References made to environmental issues. "The water's getting hard to drink. We've mangled up the country side. The air will choke you when you breathe...It's progress folks...We'll stick our heads in the sand. Just pretend that all is grand..."
The Other Man's Grass Is Always
By Petula Clark. About self acceptance and liking yourself for who you are instead of wishing for something better or to be someone else. "...There's someone else in your imagination. You wish you were standing in their shoes. You'd change your life without much hesitation. But would you really if you had to choose?...Get your feet on the ground. It's much better by far to be just who you are..."
The Other Side of Town
By Steve Earle. People rying to escape their troubles and struggling with despair and loneliness. "...On the other side of town Where the sun don't ever shine Everybody walks around With a shadow cross their minds When that midnight train rolls by And they hear that lonesome sound They just hang their heads and cry On the other side of town.."
Our Black Founding Fathers
By Shoanna Z. About the contributions of many black men who had an impact on American history. "Our black founding fathers, we wasn't told...Crispus Attucks, the 1st Black Patriot to pay his dues...Peter Salem, a black man in 1776 fought with a vengence in the
Out In The Fields
By Gary Moore. Song was written in reponse to the continuous wars that are occuring in
By Riot. Song is about a criminal who is now on the lam after robbing a bank. "Down below the border. Robbed a bank in
Out of Work
By Bruce Springsteen. Song is about economic hardship and people struggling with unemployment, a slow economy, and a recession. "8 AM, I'm up and my feet beatin' on the sidewalk. Down at the unemployment agency all I get is talk. I check the want ads but there just ain’t nobody hiring. What's a man supposed to do when he's down and he's out of work…"
Outside The Rain
By Stevie Nicks. About the desire or yearning for inner peace and happiness. About the elusive and mysterious quality of love. "...Love is a word -I've been trying to find. Words don't matter, they don't matter at all...And the heart skips a beat so you're lonely...Love is a word that some entertain. If you find it you have won the game..."
By Rory Gallagher. About the loneliness of a traveling musician and life on the road. "Packed my things in an overnight bag. A toothbrush and a guitar, no tail to drag…my heart is heavy as a sky full of rain…"
Over The Hill
By Ten Years After. About drug addiction and realizing that living this lifestyle will result in death. The song title is a reference to getting old before your time caused by drug use. "...Like a cripple and his crutch. I have leaned a bit too much...Now it seems plain to see that the stuff is killing me. Got to quit so I'll be free again..."
Overworked and Underpaid
By Randy Bachman. An ode to the working class. "From daybreak til the sun goes down It's just another day of the blues Some work nine to five, some work all night Everybody's gotta pay some kind of dues Overworked and underpaid...It's a treadmill existence with no way out"
By Bob Dylan. Inspired by actual events, song is a tribute to James Meredith, first African American to attend the University of Mississippi. "...He went down to Oxford Town. Guns and clubs followed him down. All because his face was brown. Better get away from
Oye Como Va
By Tito Puente. About the joy and inspirational power of music. Specifically, the feel, flow, rhythm, and sound of Latin music. Song was later covered and popularized by the group Santana. "Listen to how it goes, my rhythm... Good to have fun with..."
By Suman Chatterjee. About a four year old girl from
Pack It Up
By Jay Nash. A protest song about the problem of urban sprawl and commercial development. "Well they're creeping in with quick stops and strip malls I looked outside to see the sun but now my window faces a wall And Aw shucks they're putting up another brand new starbucks They tore down the town playground and widened main street for the buses and the dump trucks This is our last chance to take a stand it's now or never If we don't we can kiss our American dream good-bye forever...Baby we can pack it up tonight Or we could shake things up baby, wake people up and get them fighting for our side..."
Pac Man Fever
By Buckner and Garcia. A tribute to the very popular video game Pac Man which originated in the 1980's. "I got a pocket full of quarters and I'm headed to the arcade...I'm gonna eat'em all up as soon as they turn blue...I've got'em on the run and I'm looking for the high score...I've got Pac-Man fever..."
By Smash mouth. A humorous song about the mafia or organized crime. Song makes reference to many commonly held stereotypes and prejudices. "...I'm a connoisseur of the finer things in life. I'll take any flick with Al Pacino. I'm a man of respect and I prefer to be addressed as padrino...I know it's not a wise thing to do, writing funny songs about the mob...Stay out of the papers. Don't get caught. Leave the singing to Sinatra and always keep your big trap shut. Capice?..."
Paid My Dues
By Anastacia. Song touches on the topics of self esteem, pride, inner strength, and perseverance. "You can say what you want about me...But you cannot stop me...I'm too proud, I'm too strong...Held my head high. Knew I'd survive..."
By Al Stewart. This song is about the impact and legacy of the French Revolution. "The wands of smoke are rising from the walls of the Bastille...The kings have all departed. Their servants are nowhere. We burned out all their mansions in the name of Robespierre...And Bonaparte is coming with his army from the south. Marat your days are numbered and we live hand to mouth...The ghost of revolution still prowls the
By Biohazard. About a person experiencing severe anxiety which results in a panic attack. "...Heart is racing, my mind's a blur. Cold sweat, palpatations occur...Heart racing faster, just might explode. It's all in my head. That's what I'm told...Get this monkey off my back. Anxiety, the panic attack..."
Papa Don't Preach
By Madonna. About poor decision making that leads to teenage pregnancy. The individual is trying to decide whether to have the baby and is asking for guidance and acceptance from her father and family."...You always taught me right from wrong. I need your help, Daddy please be strong...But my friends keep telling me to give it up, saying I'm too young, I ought to live it up..."
Papa Was A Rolling Stone
By Temptations. About a child who wants to know more about his father who has died. Song deals with numerous issues including parenting, substance abuse, abandonment, dysfunctional families. "..I never got a chance to see him; never heard nothin' but bad things about him...Spend most of his time chasin' women and drinkin'...Papa was a rollin' stone. Wherever he laid his hat was his home. And when he died, all he left us was alone..."
By Marillion. Song takes a swipe at the media and tabloid journalism in general for not always writing or portraying the truth. "Paper lies...Its a sign ot the times. We believe anything...When you kill the truth you can make a killing...You might just make losing look like winning...Paper lies..."
By Jim Steinman / Meat Loaf. Song deals with dating, teenage sexual activity, raging hormones, and the results or consequences of going "all the way". Metaphorical use of baseball with audio by "The Scooter", Phil Rizzuto. "I remember every little thing as if it happened only yesterday. Parking by the lake and there was not another car in sight...And now are bodies are oh so close and tight. It never felt so good, it never felt so right. We were glowin' like the metal on the edge of a knife...'cause we were barely seventeen and we were barely dressed..." (* Go to the "Gallery" section of our web site to read two student essays/interpretations of this song.)
By Arc Angels. Song is about college kids who get a "free ride" from their parents and then spend their college years partying rather than studying. "...When your momma pays the tuition. And your daddy pays the rent. You could learn alot in college although you never went. Now you ain't that funny and you ain't that smart. But you became a model student when you step up to the bar. Drinking your life away, at the paradise cafe..."
By Pink Floyd. A man uses alcohol to avoid and cover-up feelings of disappointment, insecurity, and self-doubt. "...You believed in their stories of fame fortune and glory. Now you're lost in a haze of alcohol soft middle age. The pie in the sky turned out to be miles too high and you hide hide hide..."
Pardon Denied Again
By Robert Pete Williams. An autobiographical blues song about the artist's continuous requests for parole being denied. He was eventually set free from jail and became a popular blues musician. "Lord, I got myself on the pardon board. You know I got denied again. Been on the board three times. Each time I was denied...Lord have mercy on me..."
Parents Just Don't Understand
By DJ Jazzy and Fresh Prince. A common complaint from young people and teenagers of any generation. References also made to many health related issues including peer pressure, conformity, and parental expectations. "You know parents are the same. No matter time, nor place. They don't understand that us kids are going to make some mistakes...parents just don't understand...My mom took me shopping...I asked her for Adidas and she bought me Zips...And when I walked into school, it was just as I thought. The kids were cracking up, laughing at the clothes Mom bought...There's no need to argue. Parents just don't understand..."
Part Time Poppa
By Bandanna Girls. Song laments a man who is rarely around for his family and who is not comitted to monogomy. "...He don't want one woman, not even three or four. 'Cause he's got a million women and he wants a million more. He's a part time poppa, don't mean nobody no good. Wouldn't treat you right even if he could..."
Party For Your Right To Fight
By Public Enemy. About self-improvement and empowerment. The song is a call to action, encouraging people to renew political and social activism. Song pays tribute to the Black Panther Party and various civil rights leaders. "Power equality and we're out to get it...With a pro-Black radical mix...J. Edgar Hoover, and he coulda' proved to 'ya he had King and X set up also the party with Newton, Cleaver and Seale...Know who you are to be Black..." Includes an audio excerpt from a speech given by Malcolm X.
By 45 Grave. About the deadly consequences of taking part in risky behaviors. "Very young, gettin' kicks. Cruisin' around, 56. Drinkin' beer, drivin' fast. This party will be their last..."
Pass It On
By John Gracie. A song of hope. It's message is one of sharing, caring and helping our fellow man. Used as a theme song for food banks in
Pastures Of Plenty
By Woody Guthrie. A traditional song about the life of migrant workers. "It's a mighty hard road that my poor hands have hoed. My poor feet have traveled a hot, dusty road...Wherever the crops were, I've lent you my hands...I come with the dust and I go with the wind..."
By Phil Lesh and Friends. Written by Warren Haynes in memory of Jerry Garcia, and played with Phil & Friends. "I never knew you But then who really did?...A patchwork quilt of a life Memories embroidered On your soul...And what do we do with our lives now anyway? Now that our North Star can no longer be found But there's a banjo moon in a tie-dyed sky..."
By Sumishta Brahm. A tribute to artist and activist, Paul Robeson. "...In the middle of a war, Paul Robeson. With microphone and speakers in the air. Sending his beautiful voice everywhere...The guns stopped killing..."
Pawn Shop Ain't No Place For A
By Whiskeytown. A man laments over his impending divorce as his significant other has pawned her wedding ring. "...It's a shame that your not satisfied with me...Pawn shop ain't no place for a wedding ring. Six months from now what will that money mean?..."
By Manic Street Preachers. Song is about
By Urban Guerillas. An anti-war song. "...Leaders of the world say you’re a good idea! Then they go and leave us to live in fear! P.E.A.C.E. Oh! Oh! Oh!…Well you have to learn to forgive and forget! Understand each other and always respect! Responsibilities to our fellow man!…"
By Fred Small. About the sad history of human pain and suffering during times of war. Singer reminds listeners they have the power to create a world based on peace, tolerance, and understanding. “…We have known the atom, the power and pain. We've seen people fall beneath the killing rain. If the mind still reasons and the soul remains it shall never be again…Peace grows from a tiny seed. As the acorn grows into the tallest tree. Many years ago I heard a soldier say, when people want peace, better get out of the way…”
Peace Of Mind
Peace On Earth
By Adrian Belew. This songcomments on a multitude of societal problems and deals with the important issue of social responsibilty. "...All the broken people in a world of hurt and all the hungry people crying in the dirt all the living people dying to be free from all the suffering in between I turn my eyes away from it all but still a wall of pain resides in me..."
By Cat Stevens. Song is a cry for peace among all races and countries. "Now I've been happy lately thinking about all the good things to come. And I believe it could be, something good has been. Oh, and I've been smiling lately, dreaming about the world as one...Everyone jump on the peace train..."
By Linda Beck. A song to promote peace, love, and understanding. "...Plant a peace tree for the children It will remain here when we go Plant a peace tree for the children Give it love and watch it grow Verse 2 Through the ages we’ve been fighting Now it’s time to make a change Cast aside those crazy weapons Time to quit our foolish games..."
By Dr. Clayton. Song is about the Japanese air raid on
People Are People
By Depeche Mode. Song challenges prejudice and hatred in our society. "...I can't understand What makes a man Hate another man Help me understand People are people so why should it be You and I should get along so awfully..."
People Got To Be Free
By The Rascals. About unity, brotherhood and living in a world free of hate and racism. "...If there is a man who's down and needs a helpin' hand. All it takes is you to understand and to pull him through...People everywhere just want to be free..."
People, Let's Stop The War
By Grand Funk Railroad. A protest song about the useless killings that occured during the Vietnam War. "Hey all you people, for goodness sake. Let's get together, what does it take. To make you understand the value of a man. I'm talkin' 'bout your son and neighbor, yes I am. Oh, people, let's stop the war..."
By Midnight Oil. About treating the environment with care and respect. Song also refers to the plight of the Aborigines. The group Oil originate frm
People Of The Sun
By Rage Against The Machine. About Spanish conquests during the colonial period. Indigenous people in
People Puttin' People Down
By John Prine. Song is about people who don't feel good about themselves and because of their low self esteem make fun of and put down others. "...The people who don't fit. Get the only fun they get from puttin' people down. So cold, sometimes it gets so cold..."
People Who Died
By Jim Carroll. A disturbing song about risk taking, depression, death, and suicide. "Teddy sniffing glue. He was 12 years old. Fell from the roof on East 29th. Cathy was 11 when she pulled the plug. On 26 reds and a bottle of wine...Mary took a dive from a hotel room. Bobby hung himself from a cell in the tombs...These are people I know..."
By Alanis Morrisette. A young person's feelings about parental expectations and the pressure to be "perfect". Addresses topics of identity, self-esteem and depression. "...Be a good girl, you've gotta try a little harder. That simply wasn't good enough to make us proud..."
By Simple Plan. Song is about a child struggling to meet parental expectations and the pressure to be "perfect". "...But it hurts when you disapproved all along And now I try hard to make it I just wanna make you proud I'm never gonna be good enough for You can't pretend that I'm alright And you can't change me 'Cause we lost it all Nothin' lasts forever I'm sorry I can't be perfect Now it's just too late And we can't go back I'm sorry I can't be perfect..."
By Lou Reed. About having a wonderful time with a special person, enjoying a day together with someone you love. "Oh it's such a perfect day, I'm glad I spend it with you, Oh such a perfect day...Just a perfect day problems all left alone, weekenders on our own it's such fun..."
The Perfect High
By Shel Silverstein. Often used by substance-abuse counselors, this song examines the futility of seeking a "higher" level of existence through the use of natural or synthetic substances. The writer reminds listeners that emotional, spiritual, or physical well being comes from within. "There once was a boy named Gimmesome Roy. He was nothing like me or you. 'Cause laying back and getting high was all he cared to do. As a kid, he sat in the cellar, sniffing airplane glue. And then he smoked bananas -- which was then the thing to do. He tried aspirin in Coca-Cola, breathed helium on the sly, And his life was just one endless search to find that perfect high...Here's one more burnt-out soul, Who's looking for some alchemist to turn his trip to gold. But you won't find it in no dealer's stash, or on no druggist's shelf. Son, if you would seek the perfect high -- find it in yourself..."
The Perfect Virus
By Annihilator. About the destructive nature of computer viruses. "Creeping through the system. Spreading like a disease. A cancer-like affliction to bring us down to our knees. Created for the masses. Systematic crash and burn. To pillage and to plunder this cyber hungry world..."
By Blue Oyster Cult. Relates to environmental health. Song talks about the sea being a complete and perfect environment and one that has not been destroyed by human kind and technology. References to ocean explorer, Jacques-Yves Cousteau. "Perfect water, the dark wind braids the waves that grey birds 'ware the tree. Is this our destiny? To join our hands at sea and slowly sink and slowly think. This is perfect water...To flow inside the spiral tide. To drown my eyes like a blind ride...A life of perfect order! A strange and perfect water..."
By Ace of Base. Song talks about the promise of love and unity among people as they come together to work for a better world. "They say the time has come for us to start again, I believe that's true. They say the time has come for us to make amends, and I believe that too...for a perfect world..."
By Michael Purington and the Messengers. A person with an alcohol problem hits "rock bottom". "Gimme just one more last straw to break my drunken back. Fight me to a draw so I'm faced to face the facts...When am I gonna hit my personal bottom?..."
Peter on the
By Al Stewart. Inspired by actual events, song is a tribute to Peter the Great. "...
By Smash mouth. About breaking up, coping with rejection and the end of a relationship."Just when I thought everything would be OK. Just when I started to believe that everything was going my way. Out came the cloud from under my feet crashing back down to reality. You used to call me pumpkin now I'm Halloween...I remember when I used to be the king. Your honey sweety darling baby everything. I used to be your talk dark mystery man. Now I'm just straight up history man..."
By Annihilator. Song is about a strange phenomenon called phantasmagoria, a psychological disorder where the victim has visions of ghosts in their mind. These apparitions eventually multiply driving the victim to mental insanity. "...Someone here is calling out your name. Look out, I play inside your brain. Fleeing from my shadows you'll never pass my test. Don't you know that ghosts never rest. Phantasmagoria..."
Phantom of The Opera
By Iron Maiden. Inspired by Gaston Leroux's acclaimed novel of the same name."...You've been living so long in hiding behind that false mask. And you know and I know that you ain't got long now to last. Your looks and your feelings are just the remains of your past..."
By Neil Young. Song was written for the movie "
By Thin Lizzy. Song was written by the artist as a tribute to his mother. "...If you see my mother please give her all of my love. For she has a heart of gold..."
By Def Leppard. Song was supposedly written about actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe. "...I see your face everytime I dream. On every page, every magazine...Such a woman, you got style. You make every man feel like a child. You got some kinda hold on me. You're all wrapped up in mystery..."
Photographs And Memories
By Jim Croce. A person reminisces about somebody who was very important to them at another time in their past. "Photographs and memories...All that I have are these to remember you...Take me to another time. Back to a happier day..."
By Johnny Cash. Song is about living off the land and the importance of harvest season to a family's daily existence. "...I got cotton in the bottom land. It's up and growin' and I got a good stand. My good wife and them kids of mine, gonna get new shoes come pickin' time..."
Pieces of Man
By Doug Hoekstra. A social responsibility song about compassion, empathy, and the importance of taking action and reaching out to those who are less fortunate or in need. Song also comments on the media and glorification of war. "...I pitched him a dime and dropped my fate between the bars of a subway grate..This blind man with his hollow eyes. He ain't living on the street by design. But in my home, safe and secure I can hold my baby, I can be so sure. Love trickles down like molasses. Into the canyon between the classes. Has my imagination run amuck? Or have some run out of more than luck?..."
Pieces of You
By Jewel. Song is about the societal problems of fear, intolerance, hatred, and prejudice. "...She's an ugly girl, does that make you feel safe?...Do you hate her cause she's pieces of you?...You say he's a faggot, are you afraid you're just the same?...You say that he's a Jew as though being born were a sin...Do you hate him cause he's pieces of you?"
Pigs, Sheep And Wolves
By Paul Simon. Song is an anti-death penalty allegory. “Sheep in the meadow nibbling on some clover. One of the sheep wanders over sits by a rock…Where'd he go? Don't know well he was here a minute ago. I don't know sheep's dead… Let's give that wolf a lethal injection. Let's get him, yeah get him, let's kill him, let's get him. All around the world
The Pilgrim; Chapter 33
By Kris Kristofferson. The song title was inspired by an actual experience while traveling in
The Pilgrim's Address
By Fish. Song is an open letter to world leaders about the destructive nature of war. "Mr. President...I just can't help wondering why that the shells we fired, they now kill our own...Mr. President you don't know my name but you could find it if you really cared. It's on a black wall, it's on a cross of stone in the Balkan States the Gulf and close at home..."
By Primer 55. A substance abuse song about a person who must learn to cope with difficulties and stress. Instead, this person uses drugs to avoid or escape personal problems and issues. "...give me room so I can breathe walls keep closing in I’m feeling claustrophobic, increase the dosage so I can feel alive again don't wanna feel sober, don't wanna feel pain I really don't wanna feel the emptiness, the stress and all those things that make me take those pills."
By The Who. A symbolic song from the rock opera, Tommythat deals with abuse, autism, and childhood trauma. According to Pete Townshend, There was a parallel within the shape of the autistic child, so the hero had to be deaf, dumb, and blind so that seen from our already limited point of view, his limitations would be symbolic of our own. "...He ain't got no distractions Can't hear those buzzers and bells, Don't see lights a flashin' Plays by sense of smell. Always has a replay, 'n' never tilts at all...That deaf dumb and blind kid Sure plays a mean pin ball..."
Pine Tar Wars
By C.W. McCall. Song is about the infamous "Pine Tar Incident" where George Brett of the baseball
Pipes Of Peace
By Paul McCartney. An anti-war song. Also about hope, understanding and making the world a positive and safe place for our young people. "...Little children being born to the world. Got to give them all we can 'til the war is won...Help them to learn songs of joy instead of burn baby burn..."
Planet Earth 1988
By The Ramones. A social commentary about the world's state of affairs in the late 1980's. "The solution to peace isn't clear. The terrorist threat is a modern fear. There are no jobs for the young. They turn to crime, turn to drugs...Our jails are filled to the max. Discrimination against the blacks..."
Plastic Flowers On The Highway
By Drive By Truckers. According to the band's web site; It pays tribute to a good friend and comrade Chris Quillen who 4 out of 5 of us played with in the past, and was set to be a member of this band before being killed in a car crash a couple of weeks before our 1st gig. Salute! "He was ready for the big trip, he was moving to the city; he had packed his prize possessions and gave away the rest. He was almost doing ninety, the sky was blue, sun was shining. All the shit, he left behind for the big world waiting there. He was almost out of Leighton, when that phone truck didn't see him. Hit the brake and slided sideways, he never had a chance..."
Pleasant Valley Sunday
By The Monkees. A critique of the 'Burbs and the people who call it home. "...Another Pleasant Valley Sunday. Charcoal burning everywhere. Rows of houses that are all the same and no one seems to care...Here in status symbol land...Creature comfort goals. They only numb my soul and make it hard for me to see..."
Please Daddy Don't Get Drunk
By John Denver. A man's alcohol addiction is putting a huge stress on his home and family life. "Please Daddy, don't get drunk this Christmas. I don't want to see my mama cry. You came home a quarter past eleven and fell down underneath our Christmas tree..."
Please Take Our Poison
By Donald Keesing. A protest song that raises awareness about Yucca Mountain and Skull Valley. In 1982 the Nuclear Waste Policy Act instructed the Department of Energy to identify and study potential sites as permanent repositories for nuclear waste. "Please take our poison, we've had it too long. Please take our poison, our poison's too strong. We're losing our profits, we're losing our face. 'Cause nobody wants our nuclear waste...Leave liability to the tax payer. We'll make false tests to say that moving is safe..."
By Dolly Parton. About pre-menstrual syndrome and the mood swings that accompany it. "...Most times I'm easy going, some say I'm good as gold. But when I'm PMS I tell ya, I turn mean and cold...You know we can't help it, we don't even know the cause. But as soon as this part is over, then comes the menopause..."
By Neil Young. A tribute to Pocahontas, song deals with the abuse, exploitation, and murder of Native Americans. "...Paddles cut the water in a long and hurried flight. From the white man to the fields of green...They killed us in our teepee. And they cut our women down...They massacred the buffalo..."
Point Of Know Return
Poison In The Well
By Natalie Merchant. About dumping of toxic waste, specifically, polluted land and ground water in Love Canal,
By Lynyrd Skynyrd. About a man who slowly kills himself with alcohol, as seen through the eyes of his son. "...Daddy was a cajun babe raised on southern land...well, they rushed him down to see the doctor. Hey, doctor check his head. The only thing that was wrong with him was Johnny Walker's Red. He drank ol' poison whiskey until it killed him dead..."
By Anti-Flag. Another song about the racially motivated killing of black man Johnny Gammage by five white policemen after a routine traffic stop on October 12, 1995 in mostly white Brentwood, PA. "...Driving in a neighborhood that's reined by whites. Ain't healthy for a black man trying to live a lengthy life. All those cops they walked off free, but him he's in his grave. His name is Johnny Gammage..."
By Randy Newman. A tongue-in-cheek look at the threat of nuclear war and the
Politics Of The Sneaker Pimps
By Public Enemy. About the problem of branding and the influence of corporate sponsors on young athletes. "...Been paid since the 8th grade, 11th grader pop the champagne, 12th grade start the campaign...Behind the wheels and enforcement deals is the politics...High school and college coaches gettin' dollars with kickbacks in scholarships..." Song also addresses issue of globalization and the exploitation of foreign workers to manufacture their product in other countries. "...I see corporate hands in foreign lands...200 a pair..I heard they made 'em for a Buck-8 in
Polluting Is Fun
By Ray Korona. This song relates to science and environmental education. Raises awareness about human activity that damages and harms our planet Earth. "...Polluting is easy. Polluting is fun. As long as you escape from Earth before the party's done...We'll redecorate the planet, paint it a chemical gray. You could learn to love the air this way..."
By Tom Lehrer. This song is about how our cities, waterways, and environment are being overtaken by human waste. "If you visit an American city. You will find it very pretty. Just two things of which you must beware. Don't drink the water and don't breathe the air. Pollution. They got smog and sewage and mud...Fish gotta swim and birds gotta fly. But they don't last long if they try. Pollution..."
By Neurosis. Environmental awareness song. "The corpse of mankind is floating down your stream...Raping everything but keeping the image clean. Is it will or is it gain?..."
Poor Bill Can't Tell The Truth
By Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis. A satirical look at ex-president Bill Clinton and his dubious ways. "...There was a time I did smoke dope, but I never did inhale...Monica? I never went near her though maybe she touched me...I never did anything with Gennifer...I just can't tell the truth..."
By Nada Surf. About the need of adolescents to be liked, feel wanted and to be part of the "in" crowd. References also made to teenage stereotypes where athletes and cheerleaders are often seen as the popular or "in"crowd. "...I'm a quarterback. I'm popular. My mom says I'm a catch. I'm popular. I'm never last picked. I'm a cheerleader chick..."
By Spearhead. An excellent health song. A couple decide to get tested for the HIV virus before they become sexually active. Many issues are brought out including unprotected sex with others in the past, testing procedures and the emotional roller coaster of waiting for the results. "...If I love you then I better get tested...How am I gonna live my life if I'm positive? Arrive at the clinic...Take a nervous number...Think about all the time I neglected makin' sure I was protected..."
The Post War Dream
By Pink Floyd. About a person who is disappointed and discouraged by the failure of nations and world leaders to avoid warfare and maintain peaceful relations in the years following WWII. "...Is it for this daddy died? Was it for you? Was it for me?...What have we done Maggie what have we done...What happened to the post war dream?..."
By Bobby "Blue" Bland. About the life of the working class and struggling to make ends meet. "...Lord have mercy on a working man, I guess I'm gonna die just like I live. In poverty. My pay goes down and my tax goes up. Poverty..."
By Darryl Worley. A tribute to soldiers and POW's. "...The things we take for granted in this life for me are tragic. We should be ashamed. He left his home and family cast his fate across the sea...I should salute you from this heart of mine And thank you for placing your life on the line For me, I'm free...Mr. P.O.W. 369..."
By Neil Young. Young man sees an approaching ship, representing a dangerous or threatening force. The exact nature or meaning of this "threat" has been extensively discussed and debated. In a greater sense it might be considered a coming of age song about angst, loss of innocence, senseless killing, and how a war or conflict can gradually escalate, then quickly spiral out of control. "...So the powers that be left me here to do thinking. And I just turned twenty-two. I was wonderin' what to do...Raised my rifle to my eye. Never stopped to wonder why... Shelter me from the powder and the finger. Cover me with the thought that pulled the trigger..."
By Peter, Paul and Mary. A protest song against nuclear power. Also, a pro-environment song. "Just give me the warm power of the sun. Give me the steady flow of a waterfall...Give me the restless power of the wind...But please take all of your atomic poison power away..."
Power And Glory
By Lou Reed. From the "Magic and Loss" CD which is "Dedicated to Doc and especially to Rita...Between two
Aprils I lost two friends..." A personal song about death and the loss of a friend to cancer. "...I saw a great man turn into a little child. The cancer reduce him to dust. His voice going weak as he fought for his life with a bravery few men know..."
Power And The Glory
By Saxon. About the desensitation of military soldiers and their training for battle. "I'm a soldier of fortune, I'm trained and I'm ready to kill...Give me an order, command me I'll fire at will. I've got no emotions...I'm trained and I'm ready to die..."
The Power Inside Me
By Richard Marx. About self realization, believing in yourself and striving to reach your potential. "...Never knew what I could be. I never felt the power inside of me. Now I stand in all the wonder that the mirror couldn't see. I have the power inside of me...I feel like today's the day I was finally born..."
The Power Of A Moment
By Chris Rice. A philosophical song about the importance of finding peace of mind and making the most of your time here on Earth. "...Right now's the only moment that matters...Teach me about the power of a moment...I get so distracted by bigger schemes. Show me the importance of the simple things..."
The Power Of The Dream
By Celine Dion. A song of optimism and inner strength to accomplish what you want in life. "...There's so much strength in all of us. Every woman, child and man. It's the moment that you think you can't, you'll discover that you can..."
By Randy Bachman. Artist fondly looks back on his youth growing up in
Pray To The Junkiemaker
By Fishbone. An anti-drug song. "Lie to you to start. Choking your poor heart...Time to die, do the lie. Block everything that makes you cry...Mind's full of smoke. Everything's a joke..."
By Accept. Song is about hatred, prejudice and lack of social harmony in our society. "...If we could manage to just get along instead of blaming each other for what's wrong. Education is the secret, the future is in our hands. Burn the fields of hate..."
By Soul Fly. Song is about discrimination, hatred, and prejudice in our society. "Prejudice, shame of a nation. Breeding hate, don't cause annihilation...See a man's face but you can't see his heart. Don't even know him but you tear him apart. Them kind of things, they're just killing off the Earth..."
By Ry Cooder. About the assassination of president John F. Kennedy. "Late one Friday evening everybody was sad. We lost the best president we ever had...Some low down rascal took the president's life..."
By Billy Joel. About handling life's everyday challenges and learning to deal with stress in a positive and healthy way. "...You have to learn to pace yourself. Pressure. You're just like everybody else. Pressure...But you will come to a place where the only thing you feel are loaded guns in your face. And you'll have to deal with pressure... Nowhere to look but inside where we all respond to pressure..."
Pretty Angry (For J. Sheehan)
By Blues Traveler. Song was written in response to the death of bassist Bobby Sheehan who died from a heroin overdose on
Pretty Boy Floyd
By Woody Guthrie. Song is about notorious gangster, criminal and bank robber Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd. "Well gather round children, a story I will tell. About Pretty Boy Floyd the outlaw,
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
By U2. This song pays tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., and the ideals of equality, love and tolerance. "...Early morning, April four shot rings out in the
Prince of Darkness
By Indigo Girls. About loss of hope, depression, despair and the determination to rise up and overcome difficult circumstances or situations. "...I don't know when I noticed life was life at my expense. The words of my heart lined up like prisoners on a fence. The dreams come in like needy children tugging at my sleeve. I said I have no way of feeding you so leave...No one can convince me we aren't gluttons for our doom...And I will not be a pawn for the prince of darkness any longer.."
By Social Distortion. A repeat offender is once again facing the harsh realities of returning to the prison system. Song also questions the validity of the prison system. "...Well, they say I'm being punished and they say I can be reformed. But someday I'll return...There's a lesson to be learned here but what a price to pay. You know, I may never learn..."
By System of a Down. About the American prison system where incarceration instead of treatment for drug offenders is the norm. Song also looks at the consequences of the "drug world" and its impact on society. "...Minor drug offenders fill your prisons, you don't even flinch...Well, research and successful drug policy shows that treatment should be increased..."
By Running Wild. About privateers who were commissioned by governments to attack merchant ships of other nations. "The privateer is watching, the moon provides the only light. Roaring winds are blowing, a flag appears out of the night. Guns are spitting fire, the cannonball tears up the rail...A furious fight is raging..."
Process Man ( The Chemical
Worker's Song )
By Great Big Sea. About the health risks of industrial work and the dangers of working with hazardous materials. "...A process man am I and I'm telling you no lie I work and breathe among the fumes that trail across the sky There's thunder all around me and poison in the air There's a lousy smell that smacks of hell and dust all in my hair...There's overtime and bonus opportunities galore The young men like the money and they all come back for more But soon you're getting on, you look older than you should For every bob made on the job you pay with flesh and blood..."
Prologue/ Someday (
Proud To Be Black
By Run DMC. About identity, self esteem, and black power or pride. "You know I'm proud to be black y'all
and that's a fact y'all...Now Hariett Tubman, was born a slave She was a tiny black woman, when she was raised
She was livin to be givin there's a lot that she gave...I'm black and I'm proud, and I'll say it out loud..."
By Barclay James Harvest. Song takes a nostalgic look at the hippie era of the 1960’s. Many references to people and places of the era. “My Little Red Book, Day Tripper, UFO Club, Pink Floyd, Soft Machine. Talk about a heavy scene. I’m a psychedelic child…Talk about love and the power of rock and roll…”
Push Comes To Shove
By Donna the Buffalo. About damage to the environment, human suffering, and violence which are attributed to the power and influence of businessmen, generals, and politicians. "All you Wall Street bloodsuckers thinking you're so swell...Go tell the hungry it's your superior destiny that allows you diamond buttons on your coat..." "...I went to see the president, he had a bruise on his shoulder where big business places it's thumb..." Chorus offers a message of hope and redemption, encouraging the listener to find a better way, "When good turns to evil and push comes to shove we must save the world with an act of love."
By Steppenwolf. About drug dealers and their indifference to the pain and suffering they cause. "...You know I've seen a lot of people walking 'round, with tombstones in their eyes. But the pusher don't care if you live or if you die..."
By Curtis Mayfield. About a drug dealer. "…I'm your doctor when in need. Want some coke? Have some weed. You know me, I'm your friend. Your main boy, thick and thin. I’m your pusherman…"
Putting Out the Vibration (and
Hoping It Comes Home)
By Richie Havens. A positive song about the power of love, hope and optimism. "Brighter days ahead Step out from the shade Brighter days ahead See what you have made Of yourselves Of your lives...Brighter days ahead See the morning from your knees Peace at noontime saves the sun See the evening if you please Love and peace and life are one..."
Put Down That Weapon
By Midnight Oil. Song is a plea to stop wars from happening and to put an end to the bloodshed and mindless killings..."Put down that weapon or we'll all be gone. I must know something to know it's so wrong...Some things aren't meant to be..."
Quality Of Mercy
By Michelle Shocked. The song is from and inspired by the motion picture "Dead Man Walking" which is based on a true story. Song examines the brutal nature of violence in our society. Also about the importance of accepting responsiblity for one's actions and the healing or redemptive power of unconditional love and forgiveness. "...Yes vengeance and revenge are just two words for pain. And the quality of mercy is not strained...Yes for love if it's love is changing but unchanged. And the quality of mercy is not strained..."
By Iris Dement. Song is about how children are too often "forgotten" by parents who are busy concentrating on careers and obtaining material wealth. "...And they've got big houses and they've got nice cars. And it looks from the outside like they're really going far. But there's trouble...If some mom and dads don't start hanging around..."
By Lynda Williams. This song is a tribute to the quark. "...Quarks carry a color charge. They come in red, green and blue. You'll never see a quark all by itself cuz they stick together with a strong force glue. Quarks carry electric charge. A fraction of electricity. Quarkscombine together so the total charge is a multiple of unity!..."
By Lifehouse. According to band member Jason Wade, Quasimodo' is a character who's chained down by people trying to get him to conform...He goes along with it 'cause he's afraid. But by the chorus, he's breaking out of that ... So it ends hopefully. "You can be right And I'll be real Oh, and it still won't be a pain That you will have to feel Cause I don't need your approval To find my worth I'm trapped inside of my own mind Afraid to open my eyes cause of what I'd find and I Don't wanna live like this anymore..."
Queen Jane Approximately
By Bob Dylan. Song refers to Lady Jane Grey Queen of England ( July 10, 1553 - July 19, 1553 ) In a broader sense song is about the capricious, tentative, and sometimes tragic nature of fame, fortune, and power. "...Now when all of the flower ladies want back what they have lent you. And the smell of their roses does not remain. And all of your children start to resent you. Won't you come see me, Queen Jane?..."
Quest For Fire
By Iron Maiden. About prehistoric man and his search for fire. "In a time when dinosaurs walked the earth, when the land was swamp and caves were home. In an age when prize possesion was fire, the search for landscapes men would roam...Drawn by quest for fire, discovery of man...."
By Soulfly. Song is about the place of refuge called Quicombo where Brazilian slaves escaped to hundreds of years ago. "This is the story of a slaveman who fled his people from the white man...Thirty thousand Zumbi refugees. Fight for the right. Fight to be free..."
Quit Playing Games (With My
By Backstreet Boys. Song is about dating and relationships. Deals with issues of love, identity, self-esteem and emotional health. "...Even in my heart I see, you're not bein' true to me. Deep within my soul I feel, nothing's like it used to be...quit playing games with my heart..."
Racing In The Street
By Bruce Springsteen. Song is about muscle cars and street racing. Lyrics express the pleasure and enjoyment people derive from racing. The song also deals with the competitive spirit and the search or desire for recognition and glory. "I got a sixty-nine Chevy with a 396 Fuelie heads and a Hurst on the floor...Me and my partner Sonny built her straight out of scratch...Some guys they just give up living and start dying little by little, piece by piece. Some guys come home from and wash up, and go racin' in the street. Tonight, tonight the strip's just right I wanna blow 'em all out of their seats. Calling out around the world, we're going racin' in the street..."
By The Specials. Song is about racism and offers advice on how to deal with a friend or family member who is prejudiced. "If you have a racist friend now is the time, now is the time for your friendship to end. Be it your sister, be it your brother. Be it your cousin, or your uncle, or your lover...Either change their views or change your friends..."
By The Bottle Rockets. Song is about a man who fulfills his dream by becoming a police officer in the small town he grew up in. "Straight from twelth grade into junior college...Passed my exam. Makin' me a law enforcement person. Got me a badge and a gun, I'm a man. Radar gun...I'm makin' money and I'm havin' fun. With my brand new radar gun..."
By Grand Funk Railroad. Song is about the hard and laborious life of a railroad worker. "Up each morning at . Seem the day sun ain't never gonna stop. The work is hard in a railroad yard. Hey, hey gotta make it today to punch a time card...Dirt and sweat runnin' down my back, workin' on the railroad. Work all day long up and down the tracks, workin' on the railroad..."
By Lynyrd Skynyrd. About the trials and tribulations of the latter day hobo. "I jumped off a boxcar down around Tennesee. I was cold and tired and dirty hungry as could be. But I had my guitar and a hundred railroad songs. So I asked the policeman, can I stay here long? He said Mr. Hobo you got to go now, we don't want you round..."
The Rain Came Down
By Steve Earle. About the economic struggles and hardships faced by generations of family farmers. "...And they settled down hard on a government grant. With six mouths to feed and forty acres to plant...Fall turned to winter another year gone over and over again...And the good lord he giveth and he taketh away. And the restless shall go and the faithful shall stay...So don't you come around here with your auctioneer man. 'Cause you can have the machines but you ain't taking my land."
Rain On The Scarecrow
By John Mellencamp. About the decline of the family farm. Economic hardship, feelings of despair, loss of hope and pride. "...This land fed a nation, this land made me proud and son I'm just sorry they're just memories for you now..."
Rain On Me
By Motorhead. Song is a tribute to one of New York City's first punk bands, The Ramones. "...Ramones, bad boy rock and roll...Keep it up, rock and roll. Good music save your soul...R.A.M.O.N.E.S..."
The Rape Of The World
By Tracy Chapman. About the slow and steady destruction of mother Earth due to technological advances. "...You've seen her strip mined. You've heard bombs explode underground. You know the sun shines hotter than ever before...We are all witness to the rape of the world..."
Rats In The Cellar
By Aerosmith. About drug use and addiction. "Goin' under, rats in the cellar Goin' under, skin's turnin' yellow Nose is runny, losin' my connection Losin' money, getting no affection...See my body, pushin up the daisies..."
Rats In The Hallway
By Rancid. Song is about living in a poor and destitute part of town. References made to alcoholism, drug use, violence and gangs. "...I live in the land of the welfare state...It's a rat infested cocaine run...Drunken bum. Rats in the hallway again..."
By Alan Parson's Project. From the album "The Tales of Mystery and Imagination" which is based on the poems of Edgar Allan Poe. "The clock struck midnight And through my sleeping I heard a tapping at my door I looked but nothing lay in the darkness And so I turned inside once more To my amazement There stood a raven Whose shadow hung above my door Then through the silence It spoke the one word That I shall hear for evermore..."
By Gloria Estefan. This was the theme song for the 1996 Summer Olympics held in
By S Club 7. About the positive aspects of friendship and reaching for your hopes and dreams in life. "When the world leaves you feeling blue. You can count on me, I will be there for you...Reach for the stars. Climb every mountain higher. Reach for the stars. Follow your heart's desire..."
Reaching For My Goal
By Brian McKnight. Many health related issues covered including self-esteem, believing in yourself, goal setting and individuality. "...It doesn't matter what it takes. I'm reaching for my goal...To achieve all you've got to do. Is just believe...I've got too much desire. I'm reaching for my goal..."
Reach For The Light
By Steve Windwood. About the importance of optimism, personal goal setting, aspiring for greatness, and never giving up. "...The voices inside you can lead your soul astray. Believe in what you dream. Don't turn away don't you turn away. Reach for the light you might touch the sky..."
Reach For The Sky
By Gary Moore. An inspirational song about the power of faith, hope, and optimism. "Sometimes it seems, that you've had more than enough. As your life is going nowhere, and you feel like giving up...Don't lose your heart when things go wrong. You know what to do now. Just turn your back and carry on, come on. reach for the sky. come out with your hands up..."
By Joe Jackson. About prejudice and intolerance. Song examines societal attitudes and stereotypes regarding gender roles and identity. "...What's a man now - What's a man mean...Now it's all change - it's got to change more 'cause we think it's getting better but nobody's real sure...But now and then we wonder who the real men are...Man makes a gun - man goes to war...Kill all the blacks - kill all the reds. And if there's war between the sexes then there'll be no people left..."
The Real Thing
By Terri Clark. According to the artist, "This song is a really fun song we did about being tired of trying to pre-occupy oneself in order to avoid thinking about the lack of a love life. Many of us stay busy so as not too have too much time to "think." We have ALL been there! And I really do like Cracker Jacks too." (quoted from artist's web site) "I've been looking for a way to fill this empty place With everything from poetry to love in cyberspace
I contemplate my future, I analyze my past I twist myself up like a pretzel in my yoga class I find attraction in small distractions It's a piece that I've been missing A voice when I really listen A groove thats going to make me sing A feeling only love can bring I'm ready for the real thing..."
By Limp Bizkit. This songis about a relationship that's gone bad. Deals with issues of betrayal, communication, irony, love, paradox, trust, and weakness. Interestingly, these same issues or themesare explored in William Shakespeare's well known work, Macbeth. "...Lately I've been skeptical. Silent when I used to speak. Distant from all around me who witness me fail and become weak. Life is overwhelming. Heavy is the head that wears the crown. I'd love to be the one to disappoint you when I don't fall down...It seems that you are not satisfied. There's too much on your mind... Heavy is the head that wears the crown..." (* Go to the "Gallery"section of our web site to read a student essay interpreting this song. )
Reasons I Cheat
By Randy Travis. An aging and discontented man tries to rationalize why it's okay to cheat on his wife. "...My children keep on growing, my age keeps on showing...So I'm getting older, my life's growing colder. Just some of the reasons I cheat..."
Reason To Believe
By Bruce Springsteen. A testament to the enduring and undying nature of faith, hope, and optimism. "...Now Mary Lou loved Johnny with a love mean and true...One day he up and left her and ever since that she waits down at the end of that dirt road for young Johnny to come back. Struck me kinda funny, funny yeah indeed, how at the end of every hard earned day you can find some reason to believe..."
Rebel To Rebel
By 38 Special. Group leader Donnie Van Zant's tribute to his deceased brother Ronnie. "...Callin' out his name as night is falling. A brother's voice is calling sending messages through the past. To rebels like me and you...I can see his face as I watch the stars..."
By Bill Oliver, Glen Waldeck and the
By Saxon. Song is about the nuclear power plant accident that happened in Chernobyl, Russia.“We were at the Russian border when the news began to break. Of a nuclear reactor melting down sending clouds of dust into the atmosphere…We didn’t know how serious the situation was that many people to the north had died…Red alert…”
By Bob Marley. About the struggle to overcome slavery in Jamaica. In a broader sense it's about resisting oppressive forces/governments while fighting for freedom and social justice. Could also relate to nationalist movements opposing colonial rule. "...We forward in this generation triumphantly. All I ever had, is songs of freedom. Won't you help to sing, these songs of freedom. Cause all I ever had, redemption songs, redemption songs...Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds..."
By U2. This song is about the coal miner's strike that occured in
Red Rag Top
By Tim McGraw. Emotional song that deals with the controversial issue of abortion. "I was twenty and she was eighteen...Well the very first time her mother met me, her green eyed girl was a mother to be for 2 weeks...life was fast and the world was cruel We were young and wild, we decided not to have a child So we did what we did and we tried to forget..."
By Peter Gabriel. About the impact of denying or repressing one's feelings, and the ensuing emotional storm. "...red rain, putting the pressure on much harder now to return again and again just let the red rain splash you..."
By The Fixx. About the threat of nuclear war. "...Someone's taking over and it looks like they're aiming at you. Somebody says, "We'll be dead by the morning." Someone cries, leaving...Red skies at night, red skies at night...Should have taken warning..."
By Rush. About environmental pollution. Specific reference to air pollution, acid rain, depletion of the ozone layer, health risks. "...Stay out of the sun. It only burns my skin. Sky full of poison and the atmosphere's too thin..."
Reduced To Ash
By Annihilator. A picture of what the Earth would look like after a nuclear war. "The sky is falling, timbers they rush dowmn. All is in rubble...Contrived devastation. All is ruined...Reduced to ashes..."
Red, White, and Blue
By Lynyrd Skynyrd. A post 9/11 patriotic tribute to blue collar values. “My hair's turning white, my neck's always been red, my collar's still blue, we've always been here just trying to sing the truth to you. Yes you could say we've always been, Red, White, and Blue…You want to know where I have been just look at my hands…My Daddy worked hard, and so have I, paid our taxes and gave our lives to serve this great country so what are they complaining about…”
By Hawkwind. An anti-drug song about the use of marijuana. Reefer is a slang term for marijuana. "...When they turn on their morals are gone. They don't really know what their doing. It's a teenage malaise, a dangerous craze. Leading their bodies to ruin. Reefer madness..."
By Charlie Daniels Band. Song was written as a dedication to former Lynyrd Skynyrd leader Ronnie Van Zant. References also made to the deaths of musicians Elvis Presley and Janis Joplin. "It was October in
By Blues Traveler. Song is structured as an open letter to Satan. Singer recalls his childhood friend and wonders if he was ever able to escape the negative tendencies or influences that controlled his life. Also deals with issues of self esteem, choice, and decision making skills."...I'd like to discuss our mutual friend. I can't help but feel that I left him behind. Does he still stay with you or did his pain ever end?...I had the strength to look you in the eye and say good-bye. I was lucky and I didn't have to play. Does he still stay with you or did he get away?..."
Relief Is Just A Swallow Away
By George Jones. About alcohol abuse and using alcohol to cope. "Well I was standin' in the tavern a-feelin' blue. My foot on the rail just a thinkin' 'bout you. But I won't be blue all day because relief is just a swallow away..."
By Bryan Adams. About Remembrance Day, which commemorates the end of fighting on
Rent, Groceries And Gasoline
By Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. About abusing credit cards to buy material possessions and finally realizing that the simple way of life is less expensive and more satisfying. ""I used to live the luxury life. A new house, three cars to drive. Steppin' over the credit line. I was payin' a heavy price...I was in way too deep. Straightened out my priorities...Just rent, groceries and gasoline..."
Rest In Peace
By Extreme. About peace on earth, unity, and brotherhood. "Let's talk about peace. Sounds so cliche...Make love, not war sounds so absurd to me. We can't afford to say these words lightly or else our world will truly rest in peace..."
Rest In Pieces (April 15,
The Return Of The Red Baron
By Royal Guardsmen. About the Peanut's comic strip character Snoopy and his nemesis the Red Baron. "...Hey, watch out little Snoopy you're really in a mess. You thought you were through with the bloody Red Baron but it looks like he's not down yet..."
By Papa Roach. Song is about physical abuse, domestic violence, dysfunctional relationships and drug use. "She finally left him, she had enough of her man's rage. Band-aids covered her scars...It's alright we're in love. Can't live with or without...While the drama gets deeper I puff on the reefer..."
By Bob Seger. About how many people tend to evaluate and reconsider public figures over time, often forming a more negative/critical view of these people. This song indirectly deals with the topic of historical revisionism and how it relates to teaching social studies.
By Fleetwood Mac. This song is About a woman with magical powers. The goddess Rhiannon also comes from Welsh mythology. "...She is like a cat in the dark and then she is the darkness. She rules her life like a fine skylark and when the sky is starless..."
Rhyme And Reason
By Dave Matthews Band. References in the lyrics made to substance abuse, depression and overdose. "...Needle in the vein my friend. In my grave, lying in my cold grave...Body falls cold and I see heaven..."
Rhythm of Hearts
By Grown Men. A timeless song about lost love and thoughts of what might have been. "...Was it so long ago, that rhythm of hearts. Was it so far away, we fell apart...But wishing won't bring us together again. can love that was broken, find some way to mend..."
By Marillion. Song is about realizing humans make mistakes, making the most of second chances in life and the importance of self acceptance. "...If you have made mistakes there's always another chance for you. You can start over again at any moment...We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are...You don't need money to be rich anyhow...Spend yourself and get rich now..."
By Hall and Oates. About personal wealth and responsibility. "You’re a rich girl, and you’ve gone too far ’cause you know it don’t matter anyway You can rely on the old man’s money You can rely on the old man’s money...Say money but it won’t get you too far, Get you too far..."
By Bottle Rockets. A man dies unexpectedly after working his whole life away in order to save for a rainy day that never came. "Work two jobs everyday, never had no fun. You really did rack up the pay but now your days are done. Saving for the times ahead, never got that far. A heart attack has left you dead, now you can't save no more...Rich man in the graveyard...In the end how much did you save..."
By Simon and Garfunkel. Striving to obtain inner peace /happiness, which no amount of money can buy. How appearances can be deceiving. Taken from a poemof the same name by Edwin Arlington Robinson. "...Born into society, a banker's only child. He had everything a man could want; power, grace, and style...So my mind was filled with wonder when the evening headlines read: Richard Cory went home last night and put a bullet through his head."
The Richest Guy In The
By Etta Jones. Song is about working your life away instead of enjoying it. "Woke up this morning, it was a fine sunny day. I said daddy please stay but he had to run away. 'Cause he was busy makin' lots of gold. So I told him better have some fun before you're old. You'll be the richest guy in the graveyard..."
Ride The Lightning
By Metallica. This song deals with the issue of capital punishment. Sung from the point of view of a person about to die in the electric chair. "...death in the air, strapped in the electric chair..."
Ridin' The Rodeo
By Vince Gill. About life on the rodeo circuit as a rodeo rider. "...Ride cowboy ride. Hold on for your life. Eight seconds is a long, long time when you're sitting on dynamite. You can't make money buddy if you get thrown. That's the life of a cowboy ridin' the rodeo..."
By Peter, Paul and Mary. About how often times little league coaches put the least athletically gifted baseball player on their team in right field. Also brings up the argument against choosing teams before you play games because the last person chosen always feels left out or bad. "...The fastest and strongest played shortstop and first. The last one they picked were the worst...Right field, it's easy you know. You can be awkward and you can be slow..."
By Van Halen. About the importance of goal setting, taking action and not procrastinating or avoiding your responsibilities. "Don't wanna wait 'til tomorrow. Why put it off another day?...Make future plans ,don't dream about yesterday...Right now, catch the magic moment, do it. Right here and now...Tell me, what are you waiting for? Turn this thing around."
Right Side Up
By Van Zant. A person comes to grips with their addiction and starts to live their life in a more healthy manner. "It was a bad day in the mirror. There I stood the living dead...I was suddenly stone cold sober when I heard a voice callin' out loud. He said boy you're heading down a road that leads nowhere...Once you get straight you're headed in the right direction..."
Right Where You Want Me
By Ballistic. Song was written in response to lead singer David Fox's battle to quit smoking cigarettes. "Sometimes I feel like your drivin' me insane. In a slow, creepy painful way...You've got me right where you want me...They spend all their money just to keep you in their home..."
Rime Of The Ancient Mariner
By Iron Maiden. A tribute to Samuel Taylor Coelridge's epic poem. "Hear the rime of the ancient mariner, see his eye as he stops one of three. Mesmerises one of the wedding guests, stay here and listen to the nightmares of the sea..."
Ring Of Fire
By Johnny Cash. Written by his wife, June Carter Cash, this song is about love and courtship. She once said of Johnny , I was frightened of his way of life…it’s just like a ring of fire. Carter Cash passed away on
Ring Neck Loon
By Gordon Lightfoot. A tribute to a beautiful bird, the ring neck loon. "Hear the call of the ring neck loon. Hear the sound, he will be home soon. Hear the cry in the afternoon...How could anyone ask for more..."
By Judas Priest. Song is about serial killer Jack the Ripper who stalked London’s
By Grateful Dead. Song is about the intimate relationship between an artist (poet, songwriter...) and his/her audience. Also refers to Eastern philosophy/religion and seeking the proper road or "way" to spiritual fulfillment. "...You who choose to lead must follow. But if you fall, you fall alone. If you should stand then who's to guide you? If I knew the way I would take you home." The song's chorus is an example of haiku. Some of these same issues are explored in the Limp Bizkit song "A Lesson Learned".
By Master P. A tribute to deceased gangster rapper Tupac Shakur. "...You're a legend in your own time...'Cause you're real to the fullest...You made history..."
R.I.P. ( Undone )
By Overkill. Insrumental. Musical tribute to savatage guitarist Criss Oliva who was killed in a car rash in 1994.
By Pearl Jam. Song is said to be inspired by the tragic events at
By Natalie Merchant. A tribute to River Phoenix, song is about loss of innocence and the costs or trappings of fame, fortune, and the celebrity lifestlyle. "Young and strong Hollywood son in the early morning light this star fell down...Young and strong beautiful one we embraced so close is gone...I saw cameras expose your life. I heard rumors explode with lies...The loss and pain of it, crime and shame of it, you were gone."
By Bruce Springsteen. The song is About lost dreams missed opportunities, and adolescent identity. Feeling regret after marrying too young, and having children. The river as a metaphor for life experiences. "...Then I got Mary pregnant and man that was all she wrote...And the judge put it all to rest. No wedding day smiles, no walk down the aisle. No flowers, no wedding dress..."
By Garth Brooks. About striving for one's dreams and goals. Never giving up or losing hope. Don't settle for less. "Like a bird upon the wind, these waters are my sky, I'll never reach my destination if I never try...So don't you sit upon the shoreline and say you're satisfied."
River Runs Red
By Midnight Oil. Talks about how corporations have stripped the land of it's natural resources and how the holy dollar wins out over preserving nature. References to pollution and technological advances that are slowly killing our Earth. " So we cut all the tall trees down, you poisoned the sky and sea. You've taken what's good from the ground, but you left precious little for me...there should be enough for us all, but the dollar is driving us still...river runs red, black rain falls..."
By Al Stewart. This song is about the German invasion of
By Traditional. About actual events that occured on September 20, 1893 when a mixture of racism, rumor and violence unleashed a vengeful mob in Roanoke, Virginia resulting in the lynching of an innocent black man. Nine other people died and thirty-four were wounded during this event. "...All because of a dirty low down Negro...Some were shot thru the heart while many others were shot through the head...Some suggested they burn him at the stake for the awful crime attempted...All looked on him to see him burn..."
Rockin InThe Free World
By Neil Young. About serious social and economic issues facing society. Singer suggests that public leaders too often fail to adequately address these critical issues instead responding with catchy phrases and political rhetoric. "...I see a woman in the night with a baby in her hand. There's an old street light near a garbage can. Now she puts the kid away and she's gone to get a hit. She hates her life and what she's done to it...We got a thousand points of light for the homeless man. We got a kndler, gentler, machine gun hand...Got a man of the people says keep hope alive..."
By Frehley's Comet. Song is about actual events that happened to KISS lead guitarist Ace Frehley who in the summer of 1983 was involved in a serious drunken driving accident. “It was in the summer of ’83…I was slipping and sliding, drinkin’ and drivin’…With a trooper in the mirror and Satan on my right. I went the wrong way down a one way road hitting everything in sight…”
Rocky Mountain High
By John Denver. About the peace of mind and serenity felt by a person when they go to the
By Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Song is a tribute to the city of
By The Osbourne Brothers. A tribute to the
Rodney King's Blessing
By Fred Small. Song is about the brutality of racism and the importance of tolerance and understanding. Song consists entirely of words spoken by Rodney King. “People can we all get along Can we all get along People you know we're all stuck here for a while Let's try to work it out People I just want to say you know can we get along Can we all get along Can we stop making it making it hard For the older people and the kids…”
Roland The Headless Thompson
By Warren Zevon. About a mercenary fighting in
Romeo & Juliet
By Dire Straits. Re-telling of Shakespeare's classic tale of star-crossed lovers. "Juliet says hey it's Romeo you nearly gave me a heart attack."
By Metallica. The song is inspired by actual events. Based on a school shooting incident in 1995 in the state of
Ronnie And Neil
By Drive-by Truckers. Song is about famous musicians Ronnie Van Zant and Neil Young. References made to Neil Young's "Southern Man" song and Lynyrd Skynyrd's response song, "
By Jimmy VanZant Band. A tribute to deceased Lynyrd Skynrd singer Ronnie VanZant. Jimmy is the younger brother of Ronnie. "...There comes a time in everyone's life when you lose someone you love...Now your gone and the songs live on. And now it's time to carry on...And Ronnie can you hear me..."
By Bob Geldof. Song is about a room at an "Institute of the Brain" in
Roots To Branches
By Jethro Tull. This song is about religious intolerance and how the doctrines or principles of a religion are sometimes distorted or "twisted" to promote violence and warfare between different ethnic and religious groups. "Words get written. Words get twisted. Old meanings move in the drift of time...True disciples carrying that message to colour just a little with their personal touch...Crusades and creeds descend like fiery flakes of snow..."
Rory Is Gone
By Christy Moore. Song is a tribute to deceased guitarist Rory Gallagher who died of cirrohsis of the liver caused by excessive drinking. "And Rory's gone to play the blues in heaven...The songs are strong and the notes hang in the air...Died too young and much too premature. Another rock-n-roller, gone but not forgotten..."
By Roy Zimmerman. This song is about former U.S. Congressman Dan Rostenkowski who in April, 1996 was sentenced to seventeen months in jail for mail fraud. Rostenkowski was one of Bill Clinton's pardons in 2000 before he left office. "...Allegedly he done a terrible crime. Allegedly he pocketed the government dime...And now his picture's on the post office wall. He's Rosty Mon..."
By Elton John. A tribute to Roy Rogers, also about nostalgia, remembering the innocence and security of childhood. "Sometimes you dream. Sometimes it seems there's nothing there at all. You just seem older than yesterday...Lay back in my armchair, close eyes and think clear, I can hear hoofbeats ahead
By Mighty Mighty Bosstones. About substance abuse and the harmful effects or consequences of drug use. "Oil" is a street or slang term for several types of illicit drugs. "Royal Oil, come on bubble and boil. Stabs like a dagger, make you stagger...When you smoke or poke the poison. You lose the chance to be tomorrow...Royal Oil has cut many down to size...Big trouble brewing. Long, lonely road, long road to ruin. Wrong path to take, great big mistake..."
By Manic Street Preachers. This song is about the lead character from "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest", a Ken Kesey novel . Character was played by actor Jack Nicholson in Milos Forman's 1975 Oscar winning adaptation. "Straight jacket your own beauty. Because it is just a breakdown anyway...I just wanna lie down in my bed. Make myself different from the rest..."
Rudi, A Message To You
By The Specials. A person offers advice and warns a friend to "straighten up", settle down, and change his ways before he gets in trouble. "Stop your messin' around. Better think of your future...Creatin' problems in town. Rudi, a message to you...Better think of your future or else you'll wind up in jail..."
By Timex Social Club. Song is about the art of gossip and passing around hearsay. "...Did you hear about Tina? Some say she's much too loose...Did you hear about Michael? Some say he must be gay...Did you hear about Susan? Some say she's just a tease...How do rumors get started? They're started by jealous people..."
Rumors Of War
By Billy Bragg. Citizens prepare for the coming of war to their part of the world. "There were soldiers marching on the common today...I must buy whatever tinned food is left on the shelves. They're testing the air raid sirens...I saw a man build a shelter in his garden today..."
A Rumour In
By Lynn Ahrens. About Anastasia, the daughter of Czar Nicholas II who ruled
By Ignite. Song is about domestic violence and child abuse. "...What could make you so mad to beat your children black and blue?...You call yourself a man. Your children black and blue...Abusive husbands. A childhood lost..."
By Blues Traveler. About miscommunication or misunderstanding in a relationship and feeling manipulated or mislead by your partner. "...Yeah humor me and tell me lies And I'll lie too and say I don't mind. And as we seek so shall we find. And when you're feeling open I'll still be here. But not without a certain degree of fear of what will be with you and me...Oh I like coffee and I like tea. I'd like to be able to enter a final plea..."
By Blue Murder. About a troubled teenage girl who runs away from a broken home and has turned to prostitution and a life on the streets. "There's a runaway child on the streets tonight...She don't know why mama never cared or cried. And Daddy's little girl has her deepest scars inside...All alone when the cold wind blows, she'll sell a piece of her soul..."
By Marillion. Song is about a troubled teenager who runs away from home and is regretfully returned to her parents. "...So you cower in the town's forgotten places...At least you've got your freedom but that's all you've got...You're damned if you'll give them the satisfaction of going back...Did you cry when they dragged you home?..."
By Soul Asylum. Song deals with feelings of depression, hopelessness, and teenage angst. References made to losing control and possibly suicidal thoughts. "...It seems no one can help me now. I'm in too deep, there's no way out. This time I have really led myself astray...Can you help me remember how to smile. Make it somehow all seem worthwhile. How on earth did I get so jaded. Life's mystery seems so faded..."
Runnin' Back To
By The Guess Who. This song pays tribute to the city of Saskatoon. "...Moose Jaw saw a few, Moosomin too Runnin' back to Saskatoon Red Deer, Terrace and a
Running To Stand Still
By U2. Inspired by actual events, song is about the impact of poverty and substance abuse in the
Runnin' Out Of Landfill
By Enuf! An environmental awareness song. References made to landfills, trash, overpopulation and pollution. "We're running out of landfill space for all our waste...With so much trash and so much waste. There's too many people in the human race...Out of mind is not out of sight..."
Run Silent, Run Deep
By Iron Maiden. Song was inspired by the 1958 movie of the same name that starred Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster. “…Running silent, running deep. We are your final prayer. Warriors in secret sleep, a merchantman’s nightmare. A silent death lies awaiting for all of you below…”
Run That Body Down
By Paul Simon. About the importance of maintaining physical health and taking care of your body throughout your whole life. "Went to my doctor yesterday. She said, I seemed to be okay. She said, Paul you better look around. How long you think that you can run that body down? How many nights you think that you can do what you been doin'? Now, who you foolin'?..."
Run Through The Jungle
By Creedence Clearwater Revival. Song was written as a protest song during the Vietnam War. The jungles are a reference to the terrain that the soldiers were fighting in. "Whoa, thought it was a nightmare. Lo, it's all so true. They told me don't go walkin' slow. "Cause the devil's on the loose. Better run through the jungle..."
Run To The Hills
By Iron Maiden. About the advance of European explorers/settlers, and their impact on native people. "White man came across the sea. Brought us pain and misery. Killed our tribes killed our creed, took our game for his own need..."
Rush Hour Blues
By The Kinks. Song is about getting caught up in the rat race of life and having to deal with the daily commute to work that many people face. "He gets up early, about . The alarm goes off and the house starts to rock...soon I'll be just one of the commuters waiting for the subway train. I'll be rushing up the stairs and into the elevator. By the time I get there I'm gonna feel like a mole in the ground. I'll be caught in the crush. I'll be pushed and shoved...some people do it everyday of their lives..."
By Sting. Song is about the danger of nuclear warfare and the insanity of the arms race during the Cold War. Song is also about the universality of love and it serves as a reminder that we are all united as one race, the human race. Includes references to Reagan, Kruschev, and "Oppenheimer's deadly toy". "In
Russians And Americans
By Al Stewart. About the nuclear arms race and the dangers of nuclear war. "So here we stand at the edge of 1984, bracing ourselves once again. For the storm approaching is those who long before huddled in caves from the rain...Two runners caught in the thrill of the race, the finishing line is as far as the stars that the satellites chase...Russians and Americans, can turn the world to dust. So much to live for, so much undiscussed. So much in common, so little trust..."