It's funny that you chose "She's Leaving Home" because as a kid I always thought of this as an exciting and liberating song. -Escaping. Now as a father, I definitely find it sad. But as a kid I couldn't wait to get the hell out.
The lyrics are definitely sad and full of regret:
Gaze at the sky And picture a memory Of days in your life You knew what it meant to be happy and free With time on your side Remember your daddy When no one was wiser Your ma used to say That you would go further than he ever could With time on your side Think of a boy with the stars in his eye Longing to reach them but frightened to try Sadly, you'd say, someday, someday But day after day The show must go on And time slipped away Before you could build any castles in spain The chance had gone by With nothing to say And no one to say it to Nothing has changed You've still got it all to do Surely you know The chance has gone by Think of a boy with the stars in his eye Longing to reach them but frightened to try Sadly, you'd say, someday, someday But, day after day The show must go on And you gaze at the sky And picture a memory of days in your life With time on your side With time on your side (day after day the show must go on) With time on your side (day after day the show must go on)
I'm going to paste in some lyrics that I'll bet few of you have ever heard - I would be interested to know if you think it stands on its own as a poem - I can no longer read it without hearing the song.
Circus Of Heaven (Jon Anderson)
The day the Circus of Heaven came in to town
Local folks lined the streets in a Midwestern town
Waiting anxiously for the parade to begin all around
On the very last day
A unicorn headed the mystical way
Surrounded by what seemed a thousand golden angels at play
Behind were Centaurs, elves, bright fairies all in colours of jade
On the very final day
For what seemed only just a moment in time
Seven solemn flying silvered regal horses rode by
Seven golden chariots in tow, a wonder to behold
The Seven Lords of the Mountains of Time
There then arose where nothing really stood there before
A giant tent rising one thousand feet high frofrom the floor
Towns people flocked inside with their eyes all amazed
To greet the Seventh Lord of the seventh age
A fanfare rang out in an incredible sound
Bringing out the strangest visions perfect harmony round
Any dreams he asked would they like to have seen
From historical or mythical scenes
Then there above their heads just as vivid as life
Each vision transported multitudes inventing light
Grecian galleons, the sack of Troy, to the Gardens of Babylon
A play of millions roared along
The gigantic dreams of Alexander the Great
Civil wars where fbrothers fought and killed their friendship with hate
All seen by Zeus performing scenes in the magical way
The day the circus came to town
Outside great animals as tame as the trees
Angels high in starlight dancing streets
Turning their colours with indigo and gold
Dropping violet, red and emerald snow
As the circus finally changed its invisible course
A new world to be found
On the dreamy ground we walked upon
I turned to my son and said
"Was that something beautiful, amazing, wonderful, extraordinary beautiful?"
"Oh! It was OK!! But there were no clowns, no tigers, lions or bears, no candi-floss, toffee apples, no clowns."
Now I want to hear the song!
I know what you mean though, I have had to type out my own lyrics for various reasons in the past and I'm never sure how they read because I can never separate them from melody. It's impossible.
Tears: Chris Bathgate- Serpantine ignore the video. This song came on when my wife and I were having a very, very "emotive" time. I can't hear it and not think of this. I know she can't either.
Happiness: I'm not trying to steal your thunder but I'm going to take your Sukie and raise you a Your Covers Blown -point is, Belle and Sebastian make people "happy".
Nah, fuck that... Waiting Room definitely wins. -This song makes me want to break something.
- They don't necessarily have lyrical content that emotes happiness but their melody is in line with it.
Yeah, "Run for Your Life" is my favorite example of this.
Sadistic: Voltaire - When you're evil: Just a lovely evil song :P
Happy: Lily Allen - Fuck you: I know, really bad...