Bu günlerde ingilizce güzel şarkı sözleri bulmak, Türkçe’de olduğu gibi kolay olmuyor. Ancak yıllardır hafızalarda yer etmiş ve hemen hemen herkes tarafından beğenilen ingilizce şarkılar hala popülerliğini koruyor. Bu yüzden bu şarkılar hem genel kültürümüzü geliştirme açısından hem de ingilizce gelişimimiz açısından uygun seçimler olabilir.
Güzel şarkı sözleri, güzel şiirlerdir aslında… İngilizce şarkı sözleri dikkate alındığında dünya çapında en ünlü şarkı sözü yazarlarının Neil Young ve Bob Dylan olduğunu ve onların eline su dökecek yeni yazarların henüz çıkmadığını veya popülerlik kazanmadığını söyleyebiliriz. Bunu doğrulamak için şu sözlere kulak verin:
“I don’t want to see a ghost/It’s the sight that I fear most/I’d rather have a piece of toast…”
Uzmanlar son zamanlarda kötü şarkı sözlerinini iyilerine oranla daha fazla olduğu ve iyilerin gerçekten ayırt edilebildiğini ifade ediyorlar. İşte size güzel ingilizce şarkı sözlerinden derlediğimiz bir liste…
Bob Dylan – Masters of War
“I think you will find/When your death takes its toll/All the money you made/Will never buy back your soul…”
The protest song to end all protest songs, Dylan voiced the concerns of a generation when he penned this anti-war lyric. With Vietnam raging, and conscription forcing young Americans to fight in a war they didn’t understand, the lyrics captured all of their rage, fear and disgust perfectly. Sung in the first person, from the point of view of a young man who doesn’t want to be forced to join the army, makes the song all the more personal. The melody here is so simple, and yet this song has been covered by more artists than you can count – it’s all thanks to those incredibly powerful lyrics.
The Beatles – Hey Jude
“Take a sad song, and make it better…”
While John Lennon initially believed that this song was written for him, at the start of his relationship with Yoko Ono, in fact Paul McCartney penned this Beatles classic for Lennon’s son Julian. Originally titled ‘Hey Jules’, the song was written to comfort a young Julian as his parents divorced – and its lyrics have since brought comfort to countless others.
Also written around the time of McCartney’s new relationship with Linda Eastman, it’s a song that offers encouragement, advice, and a strong belief in love – yet another famous lyric about love – it seems we can’t escape it! But Hey Jude is almost as well known for its ending – over four minutes of those famous ‘na na na’s stretch the song out to over seven minutes long, at the time making it the longest single ever to top the UK charts, giving the Beatles their biggest hit in America too.
Johnny Cash – I Still Miss Someone
“There’s someone for me somewhere/And I still miss someone…”
Another simple melody that’s transformed by its painfully heartfelt lyrics, this is one of Johnny Cash’s most famous songs, and one of his most-covered. There have surely been more lyrics written about love than anything else, and the ones that stay with us are often about lost love.
Here, the lyrics hit home because they are so honest and truthful – every one who’s ever lost someone can relate. One of Bob Dylan’s own favourites, Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Gram Parson and Stevie Nicks are just some of the artists who have covered this country classic.
The Smiths – There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
“Take me out, tonight…“
It’s rare to find a band that are as critically acclaimed for their lyrics as much as their music – but thanks to Morrissey the magical wordsmith, The Smiths have managed just that. An avid reader, a big poetry fan, and a romantic at heart, Morrissey has written some of the most famous lyrics to emerge from the British music scene in the past 30 years. Their song titles alone contain more poetry than most lyric sheets – Shoplifters of the World Unite, Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me, There Is a Light That Never Goes Out – they’ve even inspired countless tattoos.
There Is a Light is one of their most-covered songs, with lyrics that were apparently inspired by one of Morrissey’s heroes, James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause. Appealing to teenagers everywhere, the lyrics talk about teenage alienation – a need to run away, experience the first excesses and excitements of life, when you no longer feel at home in the family home.
REM – It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
“That’s great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes…”
REM have written some of the most successful songs of the past few decades, and it’s in no small part thanks to Michael Stipe’s (often misheard) lyrics. Stipe seems to pride himself on writing lyrics that are a little opaque – very symbolic, with meanings hidden. It’s the End of the World is no exception, and as one of their most upbeat and popular songs, it’s crammed with lyrics that test even the biggest REM fans.
Apparently a sort of tribute to Bob Dylan’s famously over-lyrical Subterranean Homesick Blues, you’ll soon get out of breath singing along to this! What does it all mean? As with many REM lyrics, no one really knows for sure. There are many little snippets of stories, some complaining about capitalism, others, and some words included simply because they sound so great when strung together in song: “The ladder starts to clatter with fear fight down height”.
Neil Young – Old Man
“Old man look at my life, I’m a lot like you…”
Often ranked up there with Bob Dylan in terms of his profound lyric writing, Neil has a knack for tugging at those heartstrings. Never afraid to let his emotions show, that is what helps to make his words so powerful – that they are truthful, and from the heart.
Old Man was a song written for the old caretaker who looked after Neil’s Broken Arrow ranch, which he purchased in 1970 and still lives on today. It compares the life of an old man with that of a young man, and finds that they are more alike in their needs than they realize.
Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi
“They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot…”
One of Neil’s fellow Canadian musicians, and a good friend of his from the folk scene, Joni Mitchell has written her fair share of famous lyrics. Perhaps the best know are the ones she penned for Big Yellow Taxi. Written about her concerns with pollution and the environment, Joni explains: ““I wrote ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ on my first trip to Hawaii. I took a taxi to the hotel and when I woke up the next morning, I threw back the curtains and saw these beautiful green mountains in the distance. Then, I looked down and there was a parking lot as far as the eye could see, and it broke my heart… this blight on paradise.”
The lines “you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone” apply to a whole range of circumstances besides the destruction of the earth – helping the song become a universal favourite.
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