Pop Song Lyrics Re Climate Change

This page contains an analysis of a one hour long playlist of pop songs on Radio 1, where a lot of them seem to relate to themes that seem to be connected to climate change (the end of the world, fear, anxiety etc).

The programme is:-

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0007c94

The results of the analysis of whether the tracks could be interpreted as being related to climate change are:-

  • YES = 7
  • PROBABLY = 1
  • NO = 6

You could argue against this, but if you listen to the 7 tracks you’ll probably agree they are related to some kind of fear or anxiety, deep loss/grief, denial, lies, needing love (in a tragic scenario) and some of them are quite explicit in their connection to CC. These are not the “normal” pop songs of 10 or 20 years ago. These are written by and listened to a generation who understands where they lie in history (i.e. at the end of it).

Many other pop songs I’ve heard recently are “love songs” but not in the older way, they are almost all about needing love and needing to escape, in a desperate needy way.

This, in my opinion, shows that – even though 99% of us are still in denial about the impending “end of the world” our culture in the form of pop music shows that we understand it very well in our hearts.

https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/queensofthestoneage/nooneknows.html

I journey through the desert
Of the mind with no hope

I follow
I drift along the ocean
Dead lifeboat in the sun
And come undone
Pleasantly caving in
I come undone

CC related = YES

https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/edsheeran/beautifulpeople.html

‘Cause with my arms around you, there’s no need to care

Surrounded, but still alone
Let’s leave the party

CC related = PROBABLY

https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/meduza/pieceofyourheart.html

CC related = NO

https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/octavian/feelit.html

CC related = NO (but is about being “outta your mind”…)

https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/kellyclarkson/heartbeatsong.html

And I’m so used to feeling numb
Now, I’ve got pins and needles on my tongue
Anticipating what’s to come
Like a finger on a loaded gun

I can feel it rising
Temperature inside me

Haven’t felt it for a lifetime

CC related = YES

https://www.letssingit.com/camelphat-feat.-jake-bugg-lyrics-be-someone-b4hsmhc

CC related = NO

https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/catfishandthebottlemen/conversation.html

Who knows just how to tell me
How to get through tomorrow

‘Cause they know how it feels
Yes, they know how it feels

And I know
After all that’s gone on
There’s no
Preparing us at all

Get through tomorrow
You know how it feels
You know how it feels

CC related = YES

https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/postmalone/goodbyes.html

Looking over the e-e-edge
Don’t fuck with me tonight

There’s no way I could save you (save you)
‘Cause I need to be saved too (saved too)

I’m no good at goodbyes

CC related = YES

https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/mahalia/simmer.html

CC related = NO (but it is a lot about cooling down!)

https://genius.com/Easy-life-earth-lyrics

And we’re breathing the fumes, fill the oceans with plastic
Then we full up with junk food and ruin the classics

Said excuse me miss I gotta fly back home
I left my spaceship in a permit-only zone
And when I get lost I need to get away

And when I try swerve I make the same mistakes

And yet another crash landin’
I need a lil’ understandin’
Don’t feel at home on this planet (Earth)

CC related = YES (obvs)

https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/1975/thesound.html

CC related = NO

Blackwaters – I’m Not Your Man

Can’t find lyrics

https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/mabel/madlove.html

CC related = NO (but is about madness!)

https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/karenharding/youalreadyknow.html

When the light goes down through the trees
I’ll be what you need, I’ll be all you see
When you can’t work out what is real
Baby look at me, I’ll be all you see

Don’t believe in what you’ve been told
You already know

CC related = YES (duh!)

https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/michael-kiwanuka/money.html

Money, money, is it really love?
Money, will it be love
Oh, man, again, I swear
Money, money, I feel it killing love

All money lies, there’s no surprise with that
When money tries to ruin everything
Pain in disguise, money can’t cover up the lies
I need true love tonight

CC related = YES (money, lies, pain, needing true love)

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