Saturday, March 24, 2012

"Sometimes the songs that we hear are just songs of our own"

I love poetry all by itself, but there's nothing like setting a poem to music to give it that elusive quality that sticks to your soul. Here are some of the most beautiful poem-songs I know, but I'm sure there are so many more out there, and I would love if you shared some of yours with me.

  • Railroad Earth, by Railroad Earth (Their masterpiece, it always bring tears to my eyes.)
  • Angel from Montgomery (I'm actually partial to the Old Crow Medicine Show version, but the original John Prine does it for me too. Definitely not Bonnie Raitt's take.)
  • The Wild Hunt, by The Tallest Man on Earth (The singer's voice is grating at first, but it grows on you.)
  • Helpless, by Neil Young (I like the Unplugged version – just Neil and a piano.)
  • Furr, by Blitzen Trapper (Less musically beautiful than the others, perhaps, but I'm in love with the lyrical image of a boy turning into a wolf.)
  • Shine on You Crazy Diamond, by Pink Floyd (Oh, those opening chords. They remind me of sitting on a forgotten beach under a sky full of glittering diamonds.)
  • Brokedown Palace or Terrapin Station (Grateful Dead, and I must specify the version from Dead Set for the former. Both examples of Robert Hunter's lyrical genius.)
  • I Quit My Job, by Old Man Leudecke (For the longest time, I had this song on my playlists and didn't know who it was. Then a friend with an iPhone showed me how to magically find information related to any song just by having the phone “listen” to a clip of it. Technology amazes me.)

That's all I can think of for now. Those are the songs that make my heart sing. 


  1. Hey Krista,

    Not sure what you mean by poem-songs, as all songs are poems to me.. put to music... But here are some of my favorite song-poems

    1. One Prairie Outpost by Carbon Leaf

    2. In The Garden by Van Morrison

    3. Garden Rose by Kris Delmhorst

    4. Life Less Ordinary by Carbon Leaf

    5. Last to Leave by Emily Cavanagh

    1. From Chip.... by the way, I LOVE music of all kinds too... I hope you have a wonderful trip to Alaska. I am digging your blog... keep on exploring, like you did in the latest post discovering bats, worms, and peepers :0)

      cheers, Chip


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