Meaningful lyrics of yester years


LYRIC writing is a tricky business. Finding words that convey exactly what the song writer feels, while fitting into a certain melody and tempo, the sound of the words has to be pleasing to the ear too.


Lyrics can be the starting block of a song; the words coming first, suggesting a certain feeling or mood and inspiring a melody of words. Great lyrics have the power to move you whether it is a tears of happiness or sadness.

Have you ever listened to a song and caught a phrase they sang and realise the power that words can have? Song writers really have an amazing way to take their experience and put them into a beautiful song for everyone to enjoy. Whether we interpret it in our way with what we are dealing with in our lives or if the words are speaking exactly what we are going through, the words just speak to us.

There are plenty more bad lyrical attempts than the good words, successful lyrics simply need to sound good, becoming musical instruments in their own right rather than holding any special meaning.

These days with computer-based beats, people come out with sounds that give temporarily entertainment. They tend to jettison the idea of putting efforts to create meaningful lyrics. It seems that what we have today is a situation where you listen to twenty songs and they have the same beating with no ‘meaningful’ lyrics. We take you down memory lane this week by bringing to you some beautiful and meaningful lyrics of yester years.



Prince Nico Mbarga
“Sweet Mother”
Sweet Mother, I no go forget you
For this suffer wey you suffer for me
When I dey cry, my mother go carry me
she go say my pikin wetin you dey cry yooyo…


Sir Victor Uwaifo
See, life is like a journey
it’s full of ups and down
No matter what you are going through
I will always be around


Sunny Okosun
“Which Way Nigeria”
Which way is Nigeria leading to
Many years after independence
We still find it hard to start
How long shall we be patient
Till we reach the promised land
Every little thing that goes wrong we blame the government
We know everything that goes wrong
We are part of the government


Onyeka Onwenu
“One Love”
Don’t be sad; understand
everybody has a day when the sun stays away
Take heart in a new tomorrow
Living one love between; Look for a brighter day


Bright Chimezie
“You can’t hurry the sunrise”
Even if you cheat people
Even if you kill people
Even if you cause trouble
You can never hurry the sunrise


Oliver de Coque
When I wake up in the morning
I go pray to my God
When I go back in the evening
I go pray to my God
Always believe in Joy oh
Nothing goes for nothing
Always do my best and leave the rest for God


Fela Kuti
“International Thief, Thief”
Many foreign companies day Africa
Carry all our money go
Them go write big English for newspaper
Dabaru we Africans
I read about one of them inside book like that
Them call him name na I.T.T


Bob Marley
“Redemption Song”
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our mind
Have no fear for atomic energy
Cause none of them can stop the time


Dolly Parton
“Coat of many Colours”
My coat of many colours, that my momma made for me
made only from rags, but I wore it so proudly
Although we had no money I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colours, my momma made for me.


Jim Reeves
“Memories are made of this”
With His blessings from above
Serve it generously with love
One man, one wife, one love through life
Sweet memories are made of this


Ras Kimono
“Under Pressure”
Under pressure we wail under pressure
Under pressure Nigerians under pressure
Under pressure Africans under pressure


Don Williams
“Goodbye Isn’t Really Good At All”
If goodbye were like it sometimes seems
Then it could be like its been in some of my dreams
I could leave in the morning
But goodbye isn’t really good at all


Peter Tosh
“Get Up, Stand Up”
It’s not all that glitters is gold
And half the story has never been told
so now we see the light
We gonna stand up for your rights, come on

Stevie Wonder
“You and Me”
You and me, eternally
You and me, we’re a reality
Peace of mind, others are searching for
They never find, we’ve had it all the time


Marvin Gaye
“Your Unchanging Love”
I used to have friends than I could count
But now all my so-called friends are gone
‘Cause I’ve lost everything in my bank account
Darlin’ I’m tired of running around


James Brown
“Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud”
I’ve worked on jobs with my feet and my hands
But all the work I did was for the other man
And now we demand a chance
To do things for ourselves


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