Happy National Poetry Day! A whole load of your favourite songwriters profess to being poets as well as musicians. Here’s 20 musicians who’ve revealed themselves to be budding Burns, Yeats and Poes, from James Blake to Tupac via the tortured poetic scribbles of Kurt Cobain.
Sample: “T’was Wilburs graftiens graffen Bing/ That makes black pudding want to sing/ For them in music can be heard/ Like the dying cough of a humming bird.”
Sample: "And youth is a loveless furrowed brow."
Sample line: "One grey dove circles the ruins/A jet heads to the base."
Sample line: "The cars thunder past / As I stick out my thumb / I am just waiting for / My good luck to come."
Sample line: “Some things were made to be felt.”
Sample line: "I hope I die before I become Pete Townshend."
Sample: “Dear friend, I have searched all night/through each burnt paper/but I fear I will never find/the formula to let you die.”
Sample: "Do animals make a human cry/when their loved one staggers/fowled dragged down/the blue veined river."
Sample: "Did you hear about the rose that grew/from a crack in the concrete?/Proving nature's law is wrong it/learned to walk with out having feet.”
Sample: "“I watch the world, its tower blocks headbutting the skyline/So stitch that/That slit in the sky like a knife gash and a fallen sixties leather jacket."
Sample: "Hey Man, what's your style/How you get kicks for living/What do you do/To get the adrenaline flowing."
Sample: “I slept on a roof/At night the moon became/a woman's face./I met the Spirit of Music."
Sample: “Pulling from you what little I need/Freeze the moment, make it last/What you have can never rush past."
Sample: "You will live death, in your life/If all you do with your life, is avoid death.”
Sample: “I met you on a midway at a fair last year/ And you stood out like a ruby in a black man's ear."
Sample: “I see walking bombs on the street/Hearts not beating, but ticking/I am talking about Detonation!”
Sample: "And when the sun shines in my night/there is no one there/to weep with me."
Sample: "My father, distant now but live and warm and strong / In uniform tobacco haze."
Sample: "I can't trust the accuracy of my own memories/many of them having blended with sentimental telephone and margarine commercials."