More Metamusic

Meta-songs, or “songs about songs,” are songs whose lyrics talk about the song itself or the creative process of singing, composing, or performing music.

A few more self-referential songs:

Only a northern song

Only a northern song” by The Beatles from their “Yellow Submarine” movie, later album. The lyrics are pure meta-delight:

If you’re listening to this song
You may think the chords are going wrong
But they’re not
He just wrote it like that

When you’re listening late at night
You may think the band are not quite right
But they are, They just play it like that

According to George Harrison, the song is an in-joke about “Northern Songs Ltd,” a recording company created to represent (and exploit) Lennon/McCartney compositions. From Wikipedia:

Hence the song’s “mild dissonance” and “nasally sarcastic” key-changes have been said to complement the “suppressed bitterness” of Harrison’s lyric,[2] which features such self-referential lines as: “It doesn’t really matter what chords I play/What words I say or time of day it is/As it’s only a Northern Song.”

The visuals are quite delightful as well:

Take this song

Take this Song” by Dan Herr from the “Celebration Compilation!” album of Oddio Overplay.

All the songs in the album are protected by a Creative Commons copyright license that allows the songs to be shared and remixed. The lyrics of this song speak about this:

Take this song
I don’t really want it
You can have it
It isn’t very good

Take this song
It doesn’t matter anyway
I can find another one
Anywhere I look

I Bet You They Won’t Play This Song On Radio

I Bet You They Won’t Play This Song on the Radio,” written and performed by Eric Idle, member of Monty Python, is a comic look into radio censorship of words considered inappropriate.

Below is a quote from the lyrics properly censored (of course):

I bet you they won’t play this song on the radio,
I bet you they won’t play this new ████ song.
It’s not that it’s ████ or ███████ controversial
It’s just that the ████ing words are awfully strong.


Hook” is a song by jam band Blues Traveler, from their 1994 album Four. From Wikipedia:

The song’s title refers to a hook in music terminology: the catchy element or phrase of a song which makes it distinctive and memorable. The song’s lyrics assert that whatever the singer sings about is effectively meaningless, since the song’s musical hook will keep listeners coming back, even if they are unaware of the reason

Song for Whoever

Song for Whoever” is a song by The Beautiful South, an ironic look into old love affairs which fueled their musical careers.

I love you from the bottom, of my pencil case
I love you in the songs, I write and sing
Love you because, you put me in my rightful place
And I love the PRS cheques, that you bring

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