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Modern songs with poetry style lyrics

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VintagePerfumista Fri 19-May-17 15:49:59

Project with my teens, but I am ancient! We are doing the whole Are Song Lyrics Poetry thing...

I've got the Dylans, and the pre 90s stuff. Can some young whippersnapper mumsnetters help me out with some lyrics which could be considered poetry from more modern days?

(to explain- last music I bought was Oasis, Definitely Maybe)

Am scouring old threads and my own MP3, but most quoted tend to be Dylan, Cohen etc etc and I don't want the kids getting too roll-y-eyed at me and my out of touchness!

Shelvesoutofbooks Fri 19-May-17 15:53:25

Listen to Sampha - plastic 100C. Beautiful lyrics, and very modern

Shelvesoutofbooks Fri 19-May-17 16:04:32

Oh and no one knows me like the piano

tabulahrasa Fri 19-May-17 16:12:52

look at charty stuff where they write their own lyrics, Ed Sheeran, Taylor swift... or for bands, Lukas Graham, maybe 21 pilots?

Not saying they make good poetry right enough, but there's definitely enough there to discuss it and they should know them.

Sugarcoma Fri 19-May-17 16:13:48

I would try some good rap. For example eminem's Stan.

ClopySow Fri 19-May-17 16:13:57


DadOnIce Fri 19-May-17 16:16:17

There's a very funny scene in a Jonathan Coe novel where a trendy teacher who tells his class that Blur and Oasis write "poetry" has a boy in the class who stands up and does a gangsta rap poem, complete with "gonna git you muthafucka an' put a cap in that muthafucka's ass" type lyrics.

weebarra Fri 19-May-17 16:20:04

How about Kate Tempest?

HappyEverIftar Fri 19-May-17 16:25:25

Amy Winehouse - Love is a losing game.

ClopySow Fri 19-May-17 16:29:40

Oh. You want newer than that.

FourEyesGood Fri 19-May-17 17:18:29

Ezra Furman - Anything Can Happen (or pretty much any of his stuff)

PalomaViolets Fri 19-May-17 17:20:28

Another vote for Kate Tempest.

RusholmeRuffian Fri 19-May-17 17:22:47

Check out Augustines, formerly known as We Are Augustines. Amazing lyrics.

TheNoseyProject Fri 19-May-17 17:24:29

Kate tempest esp as she is s port and has poetry and songs for her first album.

For the argument against look up Jarvis cocker's view and hid book mother brother lover

JaneJeffer Fri 19-May-17 17:27:06

Hozier' stake me to church is very poetic

AnotheBloodyChinHair Fri 19-May-17 17:28:38

Hurt (Nine Inch song but more poetic by Johnny Cash)

AnotheBloodyChinHair Fri 19-May-17 17:31:14

Paolo Nutini,Worried man

AnotheBloodyChinHair Fri 19-May-17 17:37:11

First Aid Kit, My silver lining

VintagePerfumista Fri 19-May-17 17:50:39

Oh excellent, thank you! flowers

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Fri 19-May-17 17:56:28

Liam Payne's new song.

Only kidding! 😂😂😂

Um - they are way too old but you could do some excellent analysis of anything by Dire Straits.

Christina Perri: Jar of Hearts

Kings of Convenience: I Don't Know What I Can Save You From

James Blunt: No Bravery

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Fri 19-May-17 17:57:43

The James Blunt one is based on his time as a soldier, so could be developed into a discussion of modern war poetry...

Gumdroptears Fri 19-May-17 18:08:42

Ed Sheeran for sure

Eyre89 Fri 19-May-17 18:11:37

Tom odell, another love or quite a few of his songs actually

walterwhitesgf Fri 19-May-17 18:15:31

mumford and sons.... extremely poetic lyrics ...Not with haste immediately springs to mind

TheCraicDealer Fri 19-May-17 18:23:08

The Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner has a great turn of phrase. Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secured is a great example, as is Cornerstone. About ten years ago The Guardian did this series of little booklets on great modern poets and they featured him- he was this little scrappy kid from Sheffield just firing out these amazing lyrics.

He also did some spoken word stuff- A Choice of Three is about a chance meeting on a train.

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