Lyrics: Andrew Bird

We often overlook how important poetry is in our society. Our identities are nearly unthinkable without the poetic, artful language that we share. We just don’t call it poetry.

We call it slogans. We call it sayings. And above all, we call it lyrics.

Take the pop violinist and singer Andrew Bird. Here is a fragment from his song “Roma fade”:

You need a witness just to know you’re there
From the tips of your fingers, every strand of hair
You know someone’s watching you watching me watching you
And all that we look upon
You may not know me but you feel my stare

[Chorus]
And if I see you, how it changes me
And if you see me, how it changes you
Changes you
And if I see you, how it changes me
And if you see me, how it changes you
Changes you

From: Are you serious, a pop song like a pop song ought to be:

I see that you’re down there and I’m up here
Your boyfriend’s gone to get a beer
Leaving us crystal clear lines of communications
Promise me you won’t avert your eyes
I’ll drop my third-person disguise
You know it’s time to do or die
No useless explanations

From Three white horses:

You’re gonna miss me in the evenings
You know I won’t be needing
Somebody when you come to die
Yeah, I won’t be needing
Somebody when you come to die

Lyrics: Andrew Bird was originally published on Meandering home

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Kamiel Choi

Dutch philosopher and poet, sometimes sharing thoughts on the internet.

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