Lyrics for studyI have chosen to use song lyrics as oral text for my Year 13 students to further develop their understanding of our theme, Appearance and Reality. My starting points are- Basketcase...

Lyrics for study

I have chosen to use song lyrics as oral text for my Year 13 students to further develop their understanding of our theme, Appearance and Reality. My starting points are-

Basketcase - Green Day

Baby Can I Hold You - Tracy Chapman

She's Leaving Home - The Beatles

Could anyone recommend others?

 

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ktmagalia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

How coincidental that you are choosing to work with the theme of Appearance vs. Reality.  At the end of last school year, I asked students to choose a universal theme as a focus of study while reading The Catcher in the Rye.  As an example, I chose the theme of Appearance vs. Reality.  Part of the assignment included choosing lyrics that illustrated the theme, and I chose a current, popular song by Linkin Park. Here are the opening lyrics for the song, Numb.

I'm tired of being what you want me to be
Feeling so faithless, lost under the surface
I don't know what you're expecting of me
Put under the pressure of walking in your shoes

(Caught in the undertow just caught in the undertow)
Every step that I take is another mistake to you
(Caught in the undertow just caught in the undertow)

drmonica eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Try "Everybody's Fool" by Evanescence. You can access the lyrics at http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/evanescence/everybodysfool.html.

Also, "Pokerface" by Lady Gaga. Lyrics are available at http://www.metrolyrics.com/pokerface-lyrics-lady-gaga.html. You'd need to edit those lyrics judiciously. The music video, edited, might be a worthwhile companion for discussion.

I love using song lyrics to illustrate theme and figurative languages, as well as rhythm and rhyme. Analysis and discussion of music videos also lends itself to those types of assignments. I treat film and video as "visual text."

 

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

How about "People Are Strange" by the Doors?  Another good one is Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit".  Try this one, too:  "Appearance vs. Reality" by Left Foot 4ward.  Cool idea, by the way.  I may "borrow" it for the themes in our literature book...the collections are arranged by theme.  This might spice it up a bit.  :)

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Maybe another Beatles song you could use is "You've got to hide your love away" which is really interesting in terms of sexuality and the appearance vs reality. May take your discussion down interesting lines but a perfect example of someone who chooses to have two very separate lives.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

May I suggest a few more on the Appearance v. Reality theme:

"Mellow Yellow" by Donovan

"Sweet Dreams" by the Eurythmics

"Only Make Believe" by Conway Twitty

"Sometimes a Fantasy" by Billy Joel

"Fantasy" by Earth Wind and Fire 

lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am not sure if this fits into what you are wanting to do or not but I think Cat's in the Cradleby Harry Chapin would be good. I have always thought the lyrics of this song would be a good topic for study by students.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A couple of older songs from the 1970s that come to mind are "If" and "Diary" by David Gates and Bread. Both songs concern the differences between illusion and reality.

clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Simon by Lifehouse - kids have an opportunity to put themselves in the shoes of the speaker or the person being spoken to... interesting discussions.

lynn30k eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Richard Cory; the song by Simon and Garfunkel, based on the Edward Arlington Robinson poem. Sounds made to order for what you are looking for!