Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Favorite Song Lyrics

Most people have favorite song lyrics. They stick in your mind and you find yourself singing them at odd moments. Yesterday, having taught Spanish all day, I was in the Latin mood and on the way home from work, I found myself singing these lines from Gloria Esteban's "Conga".

It’s the rhythm of the island, and like the sugar cane so sweet
If you want to do the conga, you’ve got to listen to the beat.

Feel the fire of desire, as you dance the night away’
cause tonight were gonna party, ’til we see the break of day

The lyrics capture the mood of la danza conga, a dance of Cuban origin inspired by African rhythms. One can almost see and feel the movement of the dancers as they form a long, winding line.

Here's another I like from Dave Matthews' Grave Digger:

Cyrus Jones 1810 to 1913
Made his great grandchildren believe
You could live to a hundred and three
A hundred and three is forever when you're just a little kid
So Cyrus Jones lived forever.

What are your favorite song lyrics, or lines from an opera or a hymn? Send me your favorites and I'll publish them for others to enjoy.


mary said...

My favorite song lyrics would be from the group Dead of Alive and it goes like this : "You spin me round round like a record baby. I want your love. You spin me round round like a record baby." This take me back to my crazy high school days. FUN.

Alice C. Linsley said...

The song from Gloria Esteban takes me back too. Those are the songs that have power to make us smile even when our faces are wrinkled in old age.