Lyrical tendencies

At a time in our nation’s history when many are asking deep and often disturbing questions, I humbly add one more: Why is it that some of the best movie theme music has no lyrics?

TRON for example. I’ve searched high and low, but apparently Wendy Carlos’ brilliant and moving score for this groundbreaking 1982 film is purely orchestral; no lyrics were ever penned.

Today I correct this egregious omission:

There I was, playing some arcade game
Now I’m here, trapped inside the mainframe

All at once I fell,
OK, what the hell???
Guess it’s just as well
Um, I could stay a spell

Hey there’s TRON! He fights for the user
Master Control, you will be the loser

In the end we’ll see
Programs running free
From the evil M…C…P!

I encourage you to perform the same vital service for your favorite lyric-challenged movie theme. Though I must warn you that some of the best movie theme music has already been claimed. Witness, for example, this now classic film score interpretation by Bill Murray, performing as the inimitable lounge singer Nick Winters:

Star Wars, nothing but Star Wars
Give me those Star Wars
Don’t let them end…

I am humbled to be in the presence of such greatness. Aren’t you?

Still, many opportunities remain for you, my fellow poets of the cinematic arts, to contribute to this important service. I believe, for example, that the theme from Jaws is still fair game.

Feel free to jump in. :-)

3 Responses to “Lyrical tendencies”

  1. Did you check out the work of Andrew Goldenberg? His movie theme lyrics are awesome, and he’s a decent singer, too. My favourite is his rendition of the Back to the Future theme.

  2. e says:

    no, you ruins it, you ruins it!

    I would only ever do this as a joke. Orchestral film music is sacred.

  3. admin says:

    Um, my blog post was meant as a joke. I suppose I could have written the word “JOKE” on it in big letters, but that would have ruined the joke, wouldn’t it? :-)

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