Lyrics Undercover 310: “Welcome To the Black Parade” – My Chemical Romance

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  A metaphor for death, the black parade is about a “patient” who passes away from cancer and those left behind to remember. My Chemical Romance is a band born out of the September 11 World Trade Center attacks, formed by frontman Gerard Way. This neo-gothic, emo-punk band would go on to release ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ in 2006, dedicating it to their father – and fathers everywhere.
 
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Lyrics Undercover 309: “Handlebars” – Flobots

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  With its unique use of a viola and trumpet, this 2007 rap song is about how innocence can become corrupt with power and destroy. Named after the first chorus, ‘Handlebars’ was written by The Flobots as a comment on the world at the time. They use the building of tempo and volume to match the growing power and destruction being told in the lyrics, and the poetic use of the first chorus also being repeated at the end creates a full circle in the song.
 
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Lyrics Undercover 308: “Little Talks” – Of Monsters and Men

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  The 5 person Icelandic indie folk-pop group started out as a small music festival band and moved into the mainstream music scene. After forming as the band Of Monsters and Men in 2010, the following year would see “Little Talks” be the band’s first U.S. Top 20 single. While their freshman album “My Head Is an Animal” would debut at number 6 on the Billboard 200 chart.
 

Lyrics Undercover 307: “The Thrill is Gone” – B.B. King

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  Known around the world as the King of Blues, B. B. King is one of the most widely known and widely renowned guitarists to ever live. His fame was shaped by his ability to take the instrument and produce sounds no one had ever heard before. His greatest hit, and number 185 of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Hits of All-Time, was without a doubt ‘The Thrill is Gone’. Earning him his first million selling album and crossing over to mainstream music, the piece is a lamenting ballad of moving on from a relationship.
 
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Lyrics Undercover 306: “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” – James Brown

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  With honorary titles like “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business”, “Soul Brother Number One”, “Mr. Dynamite”, and the most recognized of them all, “The Godfather of Soul”, James Brown was a profound R&B artist. Brown was the first in his genre to have his songs break onto the mainstream pop charts and to perform dance moves for the American public they had never seen before. His journey took him from a poor black man in the south to a common household name, all starting with his release of ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag’ in June 1965.
 
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Lyrics Undercover 305: “Happy” – Pharrell Williams

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  ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams was the song that inspired a new wave of online parodies, including Weird Al Yankovic’s ‘Tacky’. With its ear worm phrasing and heavy repetition this song will be rattling around your head hours after you’ve heard it. Williams wrote and sang this song for the soundtrack to the movie, Despicable Me II, following his success with the theme song to the first Despicable Me film.
 
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Lyrics Undercover 304: “Kashmir” – Led Zeppelin

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  AA band best known for their psychedelic melodies and mythological lyrics, Led Zeppelin defined themselves with their take on the rock genre.  Creating albums with songs carefully selected and arranged and refusing to release any of them as singles. One of their proudest accomplishments, a song which took several years to come to fruition, contained on the 1975 double record Physical Graffiti, it is – ‘Kashmir’
 

Lyrics Undercover 303: “Touch Of Grey” – The Grateful Dead

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  The Grateful Dead have always traveled their own road when it comes to music. Never giving in to the production companies while building one of the most dedicated fan bases in the world of music. Even when their biggest hit, ‘Touch of Grey’ made it to the top of the charts the band would not cater to their new found fame but kept touring and releasing their albums as they always had.
 
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Lyrics Undercover 302: “Dust In The Wind” – Kansas

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  Inspired from a line in Native American poetry, ‘Dust In The Wind’ is the first acoustic song performed by Kansas. It was a highly unusual song for the band to create, with a sound unlike that of which they were commonly associated, however it did bear the same philosophical reflection. It is the song that was the band’s peak selling track, yet it invoked reflection on the finality of death.
 
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Lyrics Undercover 301: “All Of Me” – John Legend

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  A piano love ballad sung by John Legend was written for and about his fiancee at the time, Chrissy Teigen. The song ‘All of Me’ is a soulful love song that focuses on the piano and vocal skills of John Legend alone. It’s simplicity is something that is not commonly played on the radio, containing no drums and does not have a dance rhythm it saw a long slow climb up the charts.
 
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