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Old 05-08-2005, 09:54 PM   #1
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Songs about the dead...

I'm listening to REM's 'Let Me In' and wanted to know what other songs are written for those famous ones that have passed away. And it has to be written after they passed away.

Title of the song - who it was about - and you're favorite line.




Let Me In - Kurt Cobain - "He gathered up his loved ones and he brought them all around To say goodbye, nice try"
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Old 05-08-2005, 11:15 PM   #2
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"This Is It" by The Church was supposedly written in response to Michael Hutchence's death (I say supposedly because Steve Kilbey, the lyricist of The Church, doesn't generally like to say exactly what his songs are about or mean, preferring to leave interpretation to the listener).

My favorite section of the song is:

I knew a wise man who didn't own a thing
I knew a happy man who made me feel sad
You never know what the other guy is thinking
Too bad
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stiff little fingers - strummerville

about joe strummer, obviously.
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"Candle In The Wind"-Elton John. Originally about Marilyn Monroe, and then about Princess Diana later.

The line that always gets to me from that song: "Your candle burned out long before your legend ever did."

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"People who Died" Jim Carroll
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Requiem - Mozart - About his posible death!! The first minute of the song is the greatest thing ever written by anyone.... Scary stuff...
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"Late" Ben Folds (about Elliot Smith)
"Jackie's Strength" Tori Amos (alludes to Jackie Kennedy)
"King of May" Natalie Merchant (about Allen Ginsberg)
"River" Natalie Merchant (about River Phoenix)
"Vincent" Don McLean (about Vincent Van Gogh)
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Though much reviled, there is "Stuck in a Moment" which is also about Hutchence.

Umm.... let me think for a minute.

"Too Cool Queenie" by Stone Temple Pilots is very much about Courtney Love and the suicide of Kurt Cobain.

"Edge of Seventeen" by Stevie Nicks was about John Lennon and her uncle passing, so that counts, I think.
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"live forever" oasis ... about various famous dead peeps
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"live forever" oasis ... about various famous dead peeps
That's not true...
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February Stars (Foos) - Kurt Cobain - cant remember fave line.... sorry
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Ryan Adams - "City Rain (City Streets)" - about Carrie Hamilton

Taking bullets for a team of bad poets, how is it up there?
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Foo Fighters - "My Hero" (about Kurt Cobain)

U2 - "Stuck In A Moment" (about Michael Hutchence)

Neil Young - "The Needle And The Damage Done " (about Danny Whitten of Crazy Horse)

U2 - "One Tree Hill" (about Greg Carroll, who was a close friend of Bono)

U2 - "I Will Follow" (about Iris Hewson, Bono's mom)

Pearl Jam - "Immortality" (about Kurt Cobain)

Pearl Jam - "4/20/01" (about Layne Staley)

Bob Dylan - "Song To Woody" (about Woody Guthrie)

Bruce Springsteen - "American Skin (41 Shots)" (about Amadou Diallo, who was killed by N.Y.P.D.)

The Beatles - "A Day In The Life " (about Guinness heir Tara Browne)

That's it for now but, there are a lot more.
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"memphis", a b-side by pj harvey is about jeff buckley
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Foo Fighters - "My Hero" (about Kurt Cobain)
Has Dave ever said this? I saw an interview where he said this song is about everyday people like cops and fireman because they were his hero?


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Pearl Jam - "Immortality" (about Kurt Cobain)
Never heard this. Are you sure?

And didn't Neil Young do a song about Kurt? For some reason I remember him saying this.
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