I've been tagged by the Spark (gracias!) and the Claw.*
First, a preface: I'm sure I'm not the only one who's ever noticed that music is very definitely not just poetry put to music. You can't always read lyrics and get a feeling for the song. Sometimes the lyrics aren't anything special at all and yet hearing them sung is incredibly moving. (For example, a lot of Radiohead lyrics sound like something an angsty teenage boy might have written and yet put into the context of the music, they can sound extremely heart-wrenching/edgy/elegant/you-decide.)
That said, you sometimes start to realize this when you try to share a song with another person by just giving them the lyrics to read. Its usually just not good enough. Its one of those (rare?) cases where the words don't convey all that's being said.
Anyhow, whether or not the following are exceptions to this rule, you may decide.
Running Up That Hill
by Kate Bush
"And if I only could,
I'd make a deal with God,
and get him to swap our places."
Where Do We Go From Here?
from Once More With Feeling (BTVS)
"Understand we'll go hand and hand,
but we'll walk alone in fear."
Thinking About You
"Been thinking about you, and there's no rest,
should I still love you, still see you in bed."
The Bleeding Heart Show
by The New Pornographers
"We hunched together in one chair out on the deck
In snow that froze and fell down on the modern set
It looked as if I picked your name out of a hat
Next thing you know you are asleep in someone’s lap "
Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
"There's one thing I want to say, so I'll be brave:
You were what I wanted,
I gave what I gave,
I'm not sorry I met you,
I'm not sorry it's over,
I'm not sorry there's nothing to say"
No Man's Woman
by Sinead O'Connor
"I don't wanna be no man's woman,
I've other work I want to get done."
by The Jesus & Mary Chain
"I won't get on my knees,
don't make me do that please."
Sarah (because she really needs to start a blog!)
* It almost sounds like a pub name, doesn't it? The Spark & Claw. Or a bookstore...