Lyrically Speaking for July 6


Hey there Copious Notes readers! I hope everyone who’s in the US had a great July 4th and everyone else had an enjoyable weekend. We’re back to Sunday and that means another great song to inspire your writing. As always, I believe that songs can read as poetry and this week is no different.

Whether you like rock or not, Guns N’ Roses came out with their epic November Rain in 1991. Taking up 8 minutes and 57 seconds of your time, this song is epic to say the least. It’s also one of the most beautiful rock ballads out there. The song shifts from beautiful soft piano to hard rock and goes all over the place. It all comes together in the end and really sounds great. Even more impressive than the song’s length and sound are the lyrics Axl Rose wrote. The song is truly a poem and every time I hear it, it invokes emotion in me. I hope it does the same for you.

From the album Use Your Illusion I, this is November Rain:

When I look into your eyes
I can see a love restrained
But darlin’ when I hold you
Don’t you know I feel the same

‘Cause nothin’ lasts forever
And we both know hearts can change
And it’s hard to hold a candle
In the cold November rain

We’ve been through this auch a long long time
Just tryin’ to kill the pain

But lovers always come and lovers always go
An no one’s really sure who’s lettin’ go today
Walking away

If we could take the time
to lay it on the line
I could rest my head
Just knowin’ that you were mine
All mine
So if you want to love me
then darlin’ don’t refrain
Or I’ll just end up walkin’
In the cold November rain

Do you need some time…on your own
Do you need some time…all alone
Everybody needs some time…
on their own
Don’t you know you need some time…all alone

I know it’s hard to keep an open heart
When even friends seem out to harm you
But if you could heal a broken heart
Wouldn’t time be out to charm you

Sometimes I need some time…on my
own
Sometimes I need some time…all alone
Everybody needs some time…
on their own
Don’t you know you need some time…all alone

And when your fears subside
And shadows still remain
I know that you can love me
When there’s no one left to blame
So never mind the darkness
We still can find a way
‘Cause nothin’ lasts forever
Even cold November rain

Don’t ya think that you need somebody
Don’t ya think that you need someone
Everybody needs somebody
You’re not the only one
You’re not the only one

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  1. Love Guns ‘N Roses!

    • wendycinNYC
    • July 6th, 2008

    Ah, nothing takes me back to my college days quite like GnR. Except for maybe NWA.

  2. I’m not a classic rock fan but that really was bueatiful…I love how it kept coming back to the cold november rain thing. 8 minutes! Yikes!

    • dfrucci
    • July 7th, 2008

    I love Guns n Roses. This song is one of their softer pieces but amazing in my opinion. The lyrics flow smoothly and progress as well as envelop the reader/listener. I love this song.


    D.F. Rucci
    http://www.dfrucci.wordpress.com/

  3. I love this song!

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