Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Power of Lyrics on 9/11

I've always considered song lyrics to be actual poetry. Someone wrote those words (which often contain rhyme), just as they might a poem. The only difference is, they've set them to music.

Since this weekend marks 10 years since 9/11, I thought I'd share an example of the power that song lyrics can hold. Sting wrote a song years ago called "Fragile," about (supposedly) the death of John Lennon. But when Sting was about to perform it in Italy on 9/11/01, he'd heard about the tragic events in the U.S. that very morning, and decided to sing "Fragile" as a tribute to those who'd just lost their lives.

It's shocking and poignant, how the lyrics meant for else actually fit this American tragedy so perfectly.

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