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Songs that Inspired by Literature

Ever wonder where the musicians get their inspiration? Ever heard lyrics that slightly familiar with something you ever read? If the answers are yes, maybe there’s a word that pop up on your mind now, book! Yes, you guys probably already realized that book, or literature, has a reciprocal relationship in the case of giving inspiration with music. Many authors had admit that they listen to some songs or album from some musician while they write their book and so does the musicians. I picked some musician, mostly the one I love ;), whose songs has been inspired by literature below.

Poet by Bastille

Aside getting inspired from a television show, Twin Peaks, for their song Laura Palmer, Dan Smith–Bastille’s vocalist, is also write a song inspired by literature. He admit that the inspiration behind their song, Poet, is Sonnet 18 written by William Shakespeare. Perhaps the inspiration comes from these lines:

Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st:
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee. 

Which in Poet, he writes:

I have written you down
Now you will live forever
And all the world will read you
And you live forever
In eyes not yet created
On tongues that are not born
I have written you down
Now you will live forever

Besides Poet, Dan Smith also gather inspiration from literature for his other song, called, Weight of Living Pt. 1. This time, the inspiration come from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem, The Rime of The Ancient Mariner. You can hear the ‘click’ sound from the use of Albatross word in both poem and song.

Breezeblocks by Alt-J

For Alt-J’s fans you probably already heard that Breezeblocks is inspired by children book, Where the Wild Things Are written by Maurice Sendak. You can find the lyrics quoted the dialogue with a little modification. While Sendak wrote, “Please don’t go, we’ll eat you whole, we love you so!” Alt-J’s lyrics stated, Please don’t go, I’ll eat you whole
I love you so, I love you so, I love you so. Well, I bet though the lyrics potray an obsessive kind a needy love, and quite creepy, you just can’t help to sing a long and liking this song, hm? 😀

Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis

This 1996 signature song of Oasis, which is one of my favorite too, is also has a connection with literature world. This time the inspiration, especially for the title, come from a play, Look Back in Anger written by John Osborne in 1956. The title play also become a song tittle for David Bowie’s song in the Lodger album.  David Bowie himself has influence for Oasis music.

Body Electric by Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey has several songs that inspired by literature. In her album, Paradise, Del Rey has Body Electric that has a relation with I Sing the Body Electric, Walt Whitman’s poem. The tittle of the poem become the chorus and one of the lines is “Whitman is my daddy, Monaco’s my mother, Diamonds are my bestest friend.”

Another Del Rey’s song that inspired by literature is Off to the Races. There are lines that has references how Humbert Humbert, one of the character in Lolita–a novel written by Vladimir Nabokov, seduced Dolores Haze.

 

I know that there are only 4 musicians that I took a sample with, mostly, because I know and like those songs. If you know other songs that inspired by literature, and you like them, a comment is very much welcome 😀

Ika

 

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