Arts-and-Entertainment When hard times hit, they hit hard. And right now, hard times have clobbered America with one hell of a sucker punch. The economy has nosedived like a stalled airplane, and if youve been fortunate enough to dodge its crash, you probably know at least one person tangled in the wreckage. Some people drag themselves out and cry in their beer, some become stoic, some are eternally optimistic, and others defiantly thrust their middle finger into adversitys face. As of this writing, no music or lyrics have been composed about the current crisis, so here are several existing songs whose lyrics tackle adversity, and the ways people have handled it. Allentown by Billy Joel Billy Joel was inspired to write this song after witnessing the decline and demise of the steel industryand its impact upon workersin Allentown and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he often played at the beginning of his career. The songs frank, heartbreaking lyrics include, Well we’re waiting here in Allentown/For the Pennsylvania we never found/For the promises our teachers gave/If we worked hard/If we behaved. When the song achieved popularity, Joel donated a portion of its royalties to Allentown, and was awarded a key to the city. That year, the song and its poignant lyrics received a five-minute standing ovation from a sold-out crowd at Bethlehems Stabler Arena. Its the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) by R.E.M. This song is a mere shrug at disaster. Singer Michael Stipe fires off line after line of apocalyptic lyrics, only to mildly punctuate them with the chorus nonchalant lyrics, Its the end of the world as we know it/And I feel fine. According to Stipe, he has many dreams about the end of the world, and destruction of cities and buildings, and tried to create a dreamlike ambiance with the lyrics stream-of-consciousness flow. Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) – by Styx A 1978 hit single penned by guitarist Tommy Shaw, this song and its lyrics about unemployment are powerfully relevant today. A strong, dramatic tune, its lyrics concerns the mockery a jobless man endures from his family, and his desperation to find work. These highly relatable lyrics include: Give me a job, give me security/Give me a chance to survive/Im just a poor soul in the unemployment line/My God, Im hardly alive. Yet, beneath the mans anguish lies a core of hope and determination, reflected in the lyrics, But Ive got the power/And Ive got the will/Im not a charity case. Take This Job and Shove It by Johnny Paycheck This 1978 songs lyrics could apply to anyone today whos seen the handwriting on the wall that a big layoff is coming, and has beaten the boss to the punch by quitting. A country western tune written by David Allan Coe and transformed into a Number One hit by Johnny Paycheck, the tunes lyrics rebelliously state, Take this job and shove it/I aint workin here no more/…Ya better not try to stand in my way/As Im walkin out that door. Some people have been known to email these lyrics to their boss as their final notice. If you, or someone you know, has been hit below the belt by the economy, there are plenty of song lyrics that sum up exactly what youre feeling. And there are also just as many lyrics that keep hope alive for a brighter tomorrow. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: