When Does Music Become Poetry?

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Found 24th Feb 2011
Link in First Post - How wonderful is this?

It begs two questions, are there any other 'songplays' like this?

And also, as asked above, when does music become poetry?


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Oh, and beware, it's 12 minutes long...

Dear old Leonard Cohen has been doing it for a very long time. He wrote the Halleluhah song that made it to No1 (X Factor). I much prefer his original version because it is pure poetry....


Dan le sac vs scroobius pip verge on poetry imo. For example

Letter from god to man:

Hey There, how, how's it going?

Long time no see.

I know I haven't been around much lately

But... it didn't seem like you wanted me to be

The last time I sent down a message you nailed it to the cross

So I figured I'd just leave you to it, let you be your own boss

But I've been keeping an eye on you, I have,

And it's amazing how you've grown.

With your technological advances and the problems you've overthrown,

And all the beautiful art you've created with such grace and such finesse,

But I admit there are a few things I'm afraid have impressed me less.

So I'm writing to apologize for all the horrors committed in my name,

Although that was never what I intended,

I feel I should take my share of the blame.

All the good I tried to do was corrupted

When organised religion got into full swing,

What I thought were quite clear messages were taken to unusual extremes.

My teachings taken out of context to meet the agendas of others,

Interpretations taken to many different ways and hidden meanings discovered

Religion became a tool, for the weak to control the strong

With all these new morals and ethics, survival of the fittest was gone

No longer could the biggest man simply take whatever he needed

'Cause damnation was the price if certain rules were not heeded

Some of the deeds committed in my name

Just made me wonder were I went wrong.

Back at the start when I created this, the foundation seemed so strong.

See all the elements were already here, long before I began,

I just kind of put it all together

I didn't really think out a long-term plan.
[ Lyrics from: lyricsmode.com/lyr…tml ]

I made the sun an appropriate distance and laid the stars across the sky

So you could navigate the globe or simply watch the sun rise

I covered the earth with plants and fruits,

Some for sustenance and some for beauty

I made the sun shine and the clouds rain

So their maintenance wasn't your duty

I tried to give each creature it's own attributes

Without making them enveloped

I gave you all you all your own space to

Grow and in your own way space to develop

I didn't know such development would cause rifts and jealousy

Cause you to war against each other and leave marks on this planet indelibly

You see, I wasn't really the creater, I was just the curator of nature

I want to get something straight with homosexuals right now: I don't hate ya

I was a simple being that happened to be the first to wield such powers

I just laid the ground, it was You that built the towers

It was You that invented bombs, and the fear that comes with them

And it was You that invented money, and the corrupt economic systems

You invented terms like just-war and terms like friendly fire

And it was You that didn't know

When to stop digging deeper, when to stop building higher

It was You that exhausted the resources I carefully laid out on this earth,

And it was You that even saw these

Problems coming but accredited them little worth

It was You that used my teachings for your own personal gain

And it was You that committed such tragedies,

Even though they were in my name

So I apologize for any mistakes I made, and when my words misconstrued

But this apology's to mother nature, cause I created you

Edited by: "sancho1983" 24th Feb 2011


spearheads michael franti is a poet that puts his work to music


and one of my all time favourite songs

spearhead whole in my pocket




Dan le sac vs scroobius pip verge on poetry imo. For example

+1 tommy c on the album angles is brilliant

pete doherty solo album (grace/wastelands) is complete musical poetry! its absolutely superb the mans a genius
Edited by: "F15H_FAC3" 24th Feb 2011

Original Poster

Ive completely forgotten about those lovely people

Every time Thom Yorke opens his mouth whilst Jonny Greenwood and the gang jam in the background


gil scot heron


the revolution will not be televised............

....tell that to the middle east


+1 tommy c on the album angles is brilliant

Agreed, that whole album is one of my favourites of all time.
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