10 Rockin' Songs That Reference Classic Literature
I’m a man of wealth and taste
I’ve been around for a long, long year
Stole many a man’s soul and faith
And I was ’round when Jesus Christ
Had his moment of doubt and pain
Not free (We only licensed)
Not compassionate, only polite (Now who the nicest?)
Not good but well behaved
(Chasing after death, so we can call ourselves brave?)
Still living like mental slaves
Hiding like thieves in the night from life
What it references: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
All is lost sold your souls to this brave new world
What it references: Animal Farm by George Orwell
You well heeled big wheel, ha ha, charade you are
What it references: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
And you know you’re going to fall
Tell ’em a hookah-smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call
When she was just small
What it references: The Lord of the Rings series by J. R. R. Tolkien
I met a girl so fair.
But Gollum, and the evil one crept up
And slipped away with her.
What it references: Edwin Arlington Robinson’s poem "Richard Cory"
With political connections to spread his wealth around.
Born into society, a banker’s only child,
He had everything a man could want: power, grace, and style.
What it references: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Don’t put him down as arrogant
His reserve, a quiet defense
Riding out the day’s events
What it references: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Won’t let ya get away from him
(Tomorrow never comes)
It’s just another day…
What it references: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
But nobody’s kiddin’ nobody about where it goes
I’m sittin’ down here in the campfire light
Searchin’ for the ghost of Tom Joad