The Soundtrack of Life: 10 Songs to Grapple By
10. “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” – The Cure
9. “My Own Prisoner” – The Smiths
8. “Somewhere Only We Know” – Neil Young & Crazy Horse
7. “Ain’t No Sunshine (There Is A Mountain)” – Pink Floyd
6. “Trouble Every Day” – Neil Diamond
5. “All Along the Watchtower” – Led Zeppelin
4. “Burning Down The House” – Bob Marley & the Wailers
3. “Walking On Broken Glass” – Queen
2. “Dancing In The Street” – Frank Sinatra
1. “Killing Me Softly With His Song” – The Beatles
More than 20 years after its release, the album still holds up today. While it may not have the same cultural impact as some of its contemporaries, there’s no denying that it was a hit. And while it might seem like every other rock band from the ’70s released their own version of “Killing Me Softly,” they didn’t really do much with the song besides change one word or two.
So what makes this particular track so special?
The opening line. “Killing” is the operative word in this song. If you’re not listening to the rest of the lyrics, you’re really missing out on a lot of what this song is about. And when you do pay attention to them, you’ll find that it’s so much deeper than just the average break-up song.
There’s also a lot of other stuff going on in this song. The playful back and forth between the singer and the narrator comes through clearly. If you’ve ever been in a relationship, you’ve been in their position before. You’ve had the argument.
You’ve said something that was out of line. And you still wonder if there’s a future with this person because, despite everything, you still love them so much.
These are some of the things that make “Killing Me Softly” such a great song. It’s not just about the music. It’s about everything that goes into it. It’s about the interplay between the musicians.
It’s about the way people interact with each other in a relationship. It’s about life and love and loss all in one beautiful package. That’s why this is considered to be one of the best songs of all time. This is what makes a song a classic.
The genius of this song isn’t readily apparent. Most people just hear a sweet love song with a catchy melody. When you really sit down and listen to it, though, you’ll appreciate what a gem it really is. Everything from the production, to the lyrics and the music combine to make something that’s far greater than the sum of its parts.
It doesn’t hurt that it’s also one of the most accessible songs in the entire Beatles catalog. If you’re just getting into the band, this would be a great place to start.
“Killing Me Softly” is one of those songs that gets stuck in your head after you listen to it. The more you hear it, the more it grows on you. As you develop your tastes and explore the song’s background, it only gets better. It has a lot of lasting power.
You can listen to it over and over again without ever getting sick of it. It’s become such an iconic song now; you can bet that it’ll be around for a long time to come.
The original version of “Killing Me Softly” by the Fugees
The Beatles’ version of “Killing Me Softly”
Sources & references used in this article:
Silence and the uncanny: Partition in the soundtrack of Khamosh Pani by P Sundar – South Asian Popular Culture, 2010 – Taylor & Francis
Sampling the 1970s in hip-hop by J Demers – Popular Music, 2003 – JSTOR
A soundtrack approach to teaching To Kill a Mockingbird by CZ Goering, C Williams – 2010 – books.google.com