He’s right, of course. There are gazillions of songs about cars and love, and songs about girls, and songs about boys. And space men. And baseball. And time. And Princess Diana. And pocket knives. And just about any other fool thing you can think of. If it’s part of the human experience, it has a place in the songbook.
So anyway, Wilson’s project prompted me to look and see what my songs are about, and the results are pretty interesting.
- Apparently I write a lot about growing up in a small town: Most of July, September 14, 1966, Small Town Kids.
- And I write a lot about mortality: Raise a Glass, China Doll, Good Man Down, Face in the Moon
- I don’t drink much, but I seem to write a lot of songs about drinking.
- Also, I don’t ride trains, but that doesn’t stop me from writing about trains.
- And I write a lot of silly tall–tale songs. And I drop the names of historical figures, real and imagined.
But the winner, by a long shot, surprised me. My catalog is jam-packed with songs about people facing change. Most are fairly hopeful, or at least clear-eyed, examinations of the inevitable. I hope this means something good.
Here are a few of those songs. Listen, if you like, and enjoy.
- Chapter Two
- Anchors Away
- Carrier Pigeons
- Last Song
- Leap of Faith
- Miss You Sundays
- New Blue Canoe
- You Again
- You and the Buffalo
PS: Here’s a word cloud made from the lyrics of all of my songs.