Books, Now With Words!


I love it when artists use literary references in their work. I can just imagine Woody Guthrie sitting on a train thumbing through a copy of The Grapes of Wrath, John Darnielle boning up on his Beowulf or MC Lars donning his monocle to recite some Poe…

Anyone out there have any other favorite literary illusions in songs?

A Pict Song- Billy Brag (A Pict Song, Rudyard Kipling)

Tom Joad Part 1- Woody Guthrie (The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck)
Tom Joad Part 2- Woody Guthrie

Song for Myla Goldberg- The Decemberists (Bee Season, Myla Goldberg)

Grenel’s Mother- The Mountain Goats (Beowulf, Anonymous)

No Joy in Muddville- Death Cab for Cutie (Casey at the Bat, Ernest Thayer)

Popular- Nada Surf (Penny’s Guide to Teen-Age Charm and Popularity, Gloria Winters)

Mr. Raven- MC Lars (The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe)

Wildcard- Pennywise (The name Pennywise comes from a character in It, Steven King)

Lullaby- Lagwagon (Lullaby, Chuck Palahniuk)

Buy: Billy Brag, Woody Guthrie, The Decemberists, The Mountain Goats, Death Cab for Cutie, Nada Surf, MC Lars, Pennywise, Lagwagon

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