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Hall of Songs, Outer Circle: Part 2

Part 1

"Bull in a China Shop," Barenaked Ladies



I don't really have a song I would call a personal anthem, but if I did it would be this one. BNL actually wrote this for Shrek 2, and once you know that it's really to see its connection to the film. In some ways, I relate to Shrek (don't we all), which made this an easy song for me to fall in love with. The first of four BNL songs on the list (tied for the most with three other acts) it's also notable for the fact it's an upbeat, cheery song about alienation that almost sounds like it's celebrating the state (as opposed to wallowing in it).

"Cinnamon," The Storys

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I'm a predominantly a lyric person. The sound and melody are usually what gets me to initially pay attention to a song, but it's the lyrics that cause me to fall in love with a song. This tune is a notably exception, I will honestly state right here and now that I never paid any real attention to the lyrics until it was time for me to write about it. Now that I've read them, I see that this song is notable in that it's a cheery song celebrating falling head-over-heels in love (albeit with an ever-so-slight pang of trepidation). Songs about relationships in serious turmoil tend to grab my attention far more often, but more on that when the time's appropriate. Oh, it should be noted that this is the second song on this list I discovered thanks to Scrubs (keeping a running tally here).

"A Different Sort of Solitude," Stephen Page



The newest song anywhere in the Hall of Songs. Both while with BNL and as a solo artist, Page has written a large number of what he calls "slightly funny songs about depression." This song turns his stock-in-trade on its edge by couching newfound freedom, ease and comfort in much of the same language one might use when writing about depression. Four years after their split, I'm still not happy about Page's departure from BNL, and I don't think I ever will be. Until the day he returns (if, in fact, he ever does) I will continue to follow both his and BNL's careers.

"Don't You (Forget About Me)," Simple Minds



Yeah, I know, this is one of those iconic songs for almost everyone who grew up in the '80s -- I'm almost embarrassed to say I never got sick of it despite the fact it was ridiculously overplayed. Rather than write about this song in particular, I'd just like to mention that when "Alive and Kicking" became their second hit, I noted that they seemed to like to sing "la, la, la, la, la" and/or "oh" quite a bit. Subsequent hits disabused me of the notion, but I (clearly) never forgot that initial impression.

"Everybody Wants to Rule the World," Tears for Fears



"Head Over Heels" very nearly made the list, and if I embarked on this project at a different time (either past or future) it may very well have ended up here instead. Like "Don't You (Forget About Me)," it's another iconic '80s song that I never got sick of during the peak of its popularity. It also appears at the end of Real Genius, one of my all-time favorite teen comedies, for which both the song and the movie receive bonus credit. For the record, I don't want to rule the world -- I just want to rule my own little plot of it. Sort of like, "I don't want the world, I just want your half." But, not really.

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