Right, it’s 10pm on a Monday night – time to bash out a post. It’s a good thing there ain’t no good TV on a Monday night any more, because having (usually rare) busy Sundays means I’m leaving writing posts until now.
I thought that after ‘Wait’ and ‘Walk’ I might get onto the ‘Wh-’ question words, but nope, I gots me a whole lotta ‘We’ to get through first.
I think I’ve talked about the use of plural first person pronouns before, right? Well, even if I hadn’t, they’re kind of self-explanatory – they not only include the speaker but also the person they’re speaking to (there must be a more technical/English languagey term for that, but I can’t be bothered to check… the ‘speak-ee’, if you will) and often, everyone else too.
Songs are often focussing on a relationship between two (or sometimes three) people – the singer/writer and someone else. But a lot of the time you get songs that are using the word in a more universal sense – ‘We’ can be all-encompassing, meaning ‘The People’, ‘The World’, everyone. I think I’ve talked about this idea before, possible just with ‘Every’ and ‘All’, but maybe somewhere else with a pronoun or… something. It alludes me at present, but feel free to traipse through all my previous posts. *Waits*
OK. Here ‘We’ are (brace yourself, there’s quite a few):
We Are Ghosts – James Vincent McMorrow (I have two versions of this actually; the other one’s an acoustic version which came with the limited edition album)
We Are the Battery Human – Stornoway (ah, lovely Stornoway. Only question is – when will there be a new album?!)
We Are the People – Empire of the Sun (talked about them briefly in my previous post)
We Built This City - Starship (*cough* Rock of Ages *cough*)
We Can Work It Out – The Beatles (this and Hello Goodbye are my favourite of the more ‘simple’ Beatles songs)
We Don’t Eat – James Vincent McMorrow
We Used to Vacation - Cold War Kids (from the album Robbers & Cowards that was initially culled from my old iPod due to memory shortage, but has made the cut on the new iPod. Not completely sure of it, though; it’s not thrilling.)
We Will Not Be Lovers – The Waterboys (from the live album and great because of the intro Mike Scott does at the beginning – “Mussus Tatcha”)
We’re Away - Elbow (from The Seldom Seen Kid. Not really into Elbow, though. Bit of a mistake buying the album, but never mind.)
We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister (the Rock of Ages soundtrack is doing its best to embarrass me tonight…)
That be it. I don’t know why I felt the need to comment on nearly all of them. It made this post even more unnecessarily long.
I think there are probably a million more ‘We’ songs, so I won’t even mention any of the more famous ones here, you can just think of them yourselves. I’m so NOT avoiding mentioning any more because I can’t think of any others apart from the Ke$ha song We R Who We R right now, oh no sir-ee…
Right, bed time.
You can hear the live version I was talking about of the Waterboy’s We Will Not Be Lovers here: