27 Jul 2021

Music feature - Lyrics as poetry with Clare Mabey

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 2:25 pm on 27 July 2021

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For this week's music feature, we're doing a deep dive into song lyrics as a form of poetry.

Claire Mabey, who's director of the Verb Wellington and one of our regular book critics, has been doing some  'forensic readings' of songs for the Flying Nun website.

So we thought we'd invite her to share her analysis of some popular songs including a couple of New Zealand gems!

Here are the songs Claire and Jesse read closely:

  • Wide Lovely Eyes by Nick Cave
  • The Barrel by Aldous Harding
  • Isis by Bob Dylan
  • This Must be The Place by Talking Heads
  • Leave Love Out Of This by Anthonie Tonnon
  • Nobody's Empire by Belle and Sebastian
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