Songs That Sounds Like Fiction

Yesterday’s prompt is “stairway” and my mind instantly remember the song Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin.  I mention that song several times in this blog, by the way. 

Stairway to Heaven is one of those songs which lyrics sound like fiction. The story features a lady who is buying a stairway to heaven. My favourite is the live version in Madison Square Garden, New York city, 1973. Not only that we can listen to longer solo guitar by Jimmy Page, we can also watch Robert Plant’s gesture. Robert Plant did look like telling a story in that live version.

Another fiction-like song is Hotel California by Eagles. It tells a story about a hotel on a dark desert highway but it later turns out that the hotel is only programmed to receive. I looked for the live version and I found this video. I was surprised to see that the singer also played drum. That was rare for me. On a side note, my favourite part of that song lyrics is “This could be heaven or this could be hell.” That describes my life choice.

I also like Temple of the King by Rainbow. For some unknown reasons, everytime I listen to that song, I remember Kung Fu Panda. The strong young man in that song is Po and the temple of the king is Jade Palace. Really, I’m stuck with that messed up interpretation. I’m sorry, Ritchie Blackmore. I usually listen to this version but when I searched for the live version, I found this.

And finally, another song that sounds like fiction – which I happen to mention a lot in this blog – is Build God then We’ll Talk by Panic! At The Disco. The song sets in a substandard motel and the characters are an attorney, his Mrs., and a virgin. The attorney cheated with the virgin but his Mrs. chose to stay with him: wonderful caricature of intimacy. How did Ryan Ross get the idea for the lyrics? My favourite version of that song is from Live in Denver because we can listen to Brendon Urie’s vocal, watch his expression and gesture (he really told a story), and listen to Ryan Ross’ damn-fine part.

Oh, by the way, I think it would be nice if someone write fiction based on any song lyrics in this post. Write about that lady with stairway to heaven. What will happen to her and the stairway? Will she take someone or some people to walk on the stairway with her? Write about that person in Hotel California. What will happen to him? Will he try to escape or accept his fate? Write about that strong young man. Will the king give him task or something? Write about the people in that motel. What will happen to the virgin after she begins to work at the firm? What does the Mrs. keep in her purse? Will the lawyer leave his Mrs or stay with her?


4 thoughts on “Songs That Sounds Like Fiction

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  2. I love this post, mainly because I love lyrics.
    It’s pretty much the reason that I enjoy listening to music so much. I love three of the songs you mentioned, and the Panic at the Disco one really sticks out in comparison to the Led Zepplin and the Eagles. I love all three of those songs, beautiful lyrics.
    You’re right, it would be interesting to read fictional pieces based on those lyrics – but I’d rather hear it sung and written by the original song writers – It would be fantastic.

    • Thank you.
      Now that you mention it, I want those songwriters to write fictional pieces based on the song. Eh, did I get your point right? Sorry if I misunderstood.

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