Archive for Lyrics


On Tumblr a year or two back, in a discussion of Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah,” user bigscaryd noted that the phrase “tag your favorite line of hallelujah” scans to the meter of the song. Which led to other people creating new meta-verses to the song. Like this from animatedamerican: you tried to read the words […]

Changing a word

Country songs fairly often do this thing where the chorus or another repeated part of the song (possibly slightly altered each time) is recontextualized in each iteration to mean something different. I recently noticed a particularly well-done (imo) variation on that, in the 1992 song “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane.” The song starts out like […]


Was listening to the radio earlier (KALW, the Bay Area's lesser-known NPR station); there was a show about 20th-century American music, and tonight's episode covered Oscar Hammerstein. So they played...