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Music = Literature. Authors & Their Stories in Song. Presented by Sara Saxton. Ramble on Led Zeppelin. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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Authors & Their Stories in SongMusic = LiteraturePresented by Sara SaxtonTons of Iron Maiden & Metallica songs.1Mine's a tale that can't be told, my freedom I hold dear. How years ago in days of old, when magic filled the air. T'was in the darkest depths of Mordor, I met a girl so fair. But Gollum, and the evil one crept up and slipped away with her, her, her....yeah.

Ramble onLed Zeppelin

Beginning with the obvious. Other Led Zeppelin songs inspired by LOTR include Misty Mountain Hop, Battle of Evermore, and Over the Hills and Faraway.2It was many years ago that I became what I amI was trapped in this life like an innocent lambNow I can only show my face at noonAnd youll only see me walking by the light of the moonThe brim of my hat hides the eye of a beastIve the face of a sinner but the hands of a priestOh youll never see my shade or hear the sound of my feetWhile theres a moon over Bourbon Street

Moon over bourbon StreetStingMany songs inspired by vamps and werewolves. This one references a specific character of Rices.3Wake.. from your sleepThe drying of your tearsToday we escape, we escape

Pack.. and get dressedBefore your father hears usBefore all hell breaks loose

Breathe, keep breathingDon't lose your nerveBreathe, keep breathingI can't do this alone

Sing.. us a songA song to keep us warmThere's such a chill, such a chill

Exit music (for a film)RadioheadAgain, rather obvious, particularly since it was written specifically for this film. Has inspired artists from Dire Straits to Taylor Swift.4The highway is alive tonightBut nobodys kiddin nobody about where it goesIm sittin down here in the campfire lightSearchin for the ghost of Tom Joad

The Ghost of Tom JoadBruce SpringsteenSteinbeck echoes through the generations. To be expected until conditions for migrants improve.5Billy Liar's got his hands in his pocketsStaring over at the neighbor's, knickers down.He's got his knickers down.

So the summer is eternity for you?Sleeping in until your father's shaking you down,He's shaking you down.

And the mailroom shift gets a real short shriftAs you dole out the packages, no-one seems to want you around,All skulking around.

Let your legs loll on the lino'Til your sinews spoil.Will you stay here for a while, dear,'Til the radio plays something familiar?Plays something familiar.

*This book also inspired a song by The Smiths

Billy LiarThe DecemberistsThe first appearance of The Decemberists on the list. Often called Lit-Rock. When English majors start bands. Smiths song is William, It was Really Nothing.6I know this super highway This bright familiar sun I guess that I'm the lucky one Who wrote that tired sea song Set on this peaceful shore You think you've heard this one before

Well the danger on the rocks is surely past Still I remain tied to the mast Could it be that I have found my home at last Home at last

Home at LastSteely DanUlysses and his brush with the Sirens. If youd like to know how Steely Dan came by their name see me after the session.7nowhere in the corridors of pale green and greynowhere in the suburbsin the cold light of day

there in the midst of it so alive and alonewords support like bone

dreaming of mercy st.wear your inside outdreaming of mercyin your daddy's arms againdreaming of mercy st.'swear they moved that signdreaming of mercyin your daddy's arms

Mercy StreetPeter GabrielGabriel dedicates this song to Anne Sexton at every live performance. Sextons psychiatrist recommended thqt she take up poetry and her personal, confessional style explored many topics taboo in the 50s and 60s.8I can't remember anythingCan't tell if this is true or dreamDeep down inside I feel the screamThis terrible silence stops it there

Now that the war is through with meI'm waking up, I cannot seeThat there's not much left of meNothing is real but pain now

Hold my breath as I wish for deathOh please god, wake me

OneMetallicaWas surprised how many Metallica songs showed up in my research. Trumbos story recounts the story of a wounded veteran trapped inside his mind. He cannot move, see, smell, hear, or speak, but his mind functions perfectly.9With all the grain of babylonTo cultivate, to make us strongAnd hidden here behind the wallsAre shoulders wide and timber on'Til the war came'Til the war came

A terrible autonomyHas grafted onto you and meOur trust put in the governmentThey told their lies as heaven-sent'Til the war came'Til the war came

When the War CameThe DecemberistsDuring the Siege of Leningrad during World War II the scientists at a botanical institute swear to protect their catalog of seeds and plants from the starving populace and from themselves.10Hey, I only want the same as anyoneHenderson is waiting for the sunOh, it seems night endlessly begins and endsAfter all the dreaming I come home again...

* This book also inspired Joni Mitchell to write Both Sides Now.

Rain KingCounting CrowsHenderson travels to Africa on a search for meaning.11Rhiannon rings like a bell through the night and Wouldn't you love to love her?Takes to the sky like a bird in flight and Who will be her lover?

All your life you've never seenA woman taken by the windWould you stay if she promised you heaven?Will you ever win?

RhiannonFleetwood MacTerrible book! Horrible writing! Rhiannon is the alter ego for a severely disturbed housewife.12Please allow me to introduce myselfIm a man of wealth and tasteIve been around for a long, long yearStole many a mans soul and fate

Sympathy for the DevilThe rolling StonesMick Jagger given this book by then-girlfriend Marianne Faithfull. In the book the devil is a sophisticated socialite.13Are you such a dreamerTo put the world to rightsI'll stay home foreverWhere two and two always makes a fiveI'll lay down the tracksSandbag and hideJanuary has April showersAnd two and two always makes a fiveIt's the devil's way nowThere is no way outYou can scream and you can shoutIt is too late now

2 + 2 = 5RadioheadTitle taken directly from 1984. Idea that government can present lies as truth.14There are nights when I think that Sal Paradise was rightBoys and girls in America, they have such a sad time together

Stuck between stationsThe Hold SteadyOh my God, a winter for a yearOh my God, a winter for a yearAnd I cleaned out the back of my wardrobeJackets never turn into branchesNot while youre here

Winter for a YearThe Arcade FireAnd they entered a land in which it was always winter and never Christmas.16

Those who are dead are not dead Theyre just living in my head And since I fell for that spell I am living there as well Oh..

Time is so short and Im sure There must be something more

42COldplay42: the number from which all meaning can be derived. When asked if this song had anything to do with the Hitchhikers Guide lead singer Chris Martin said, It does and it doesnt. Precisely.17I waited patiently for the LordHe inclined and heard my cryHe lift me up out of the pitOut of the mire and clay

I will sing, sing a new songI will sing, sing a new song

40U2Not the first and certainly not the last.18Song for Myla Goldberg by The DecemberistsThe Ballad of Dorothy Parker by PrinceHey Jack Kerouac by 10,000 ManiacsWho Wrote Holden Caulfield? by Green DayBukowski by Modest MouseWalt Whitmans Niece by Woody Guthrie (or Wilco & Billy Bragg, your choice!)Graham Greene by John CaleGo Ask Shakespeare by Rufus WainwrightSylvia Plath by Ryan AdamsRave on John Donne by Van MorrisonMy Author, My ownAre you scared to walk through the hallways? Are you worried that the spiders run away? Are you petrified of being petrified? Are we going to have to save the school again?

We've got to save Ginny Weasley from the Basilisk We've got to save the school from that unseen horror We've got to save Ginny Weasley from the Basilisk We've got to save the school again

The face that launched 1,000 shipsHarry & the PottersDraco & the MalfoysThe Whomping WillowsThe Butterbeer ExperienceRoonil WazlibWROCK!20


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